Big Tex Choice Awards

More than a decade of decadence

Since 2005, the Big Tex Choice Awards contest has solidified the State Fair of Texas as the top Fair for great food creations. Each year, State Fair concessionaires fry up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the annual Big Tex Choice Awards competition. Everything from Fried Beer to Fried Peaches and Cream has made the cut to become a part of the exclusive club of fried food creations. Best of all, YOU get to enjoy the winning creations at this year’s Fair!

The 2022 Big Tex Choice Awards is underway this year’s semi-finalists have been announced! The 18th Annual Big Tex® Choice Awards offers another year of exciting bites for all appetites. The 2022 lineup is bursting with flavor – whether you love savory or sweet, you’re in for a treat this year. Comprised of 19 savory and 17 sweet entries, these semi-finalist contenders are one step closer to the main event, where they will compete for one of three winning titles: “Best Taste – Savory,” “Best Taste – Sweet,” and “Most Creative.”

2022 Big Tex Choice Awards Semi-Finalists

Savory Sweet
Bayou Bowl Cha-Cha Chata
Cajun Lobster Bisque Croquettes Crunchberry® Shortcake
Chicharron Explosion Nachos Deep Fried Buc-ee’s®
Crispy Dilly Dog Deep Fried Honey
Deep Fried BLT Deep Fried Praline Cheesecake Eggroll
Deep Fried Brisket Cheese Sticks Deep Fried Rocky Road with Blue Bell Ice Cream®
Deep Fried Lasagna Roll Deep Fried Southern Dessert Dumplings
Deep Fried Texas Country Cookout Deep Fried Strawberry Shortcake Crunch Roll
Dim Sum Loco Burritos Doh-Muff
Fried Charcuterie Board Fat Elvis
Fried Soul Food Eggroll Fried Texas Fruit Salad
Holy Biscuit La Bluebonnet
Shaking Beef Salad Peanut Butter Paradise
Southern Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Pie Waffles Sliders Raspberry Chipotle Sopapilla Cheesecake
Texas Hot Bull Ride Smoked Bacon Wrapped Cookie Dough Balls
Texas Ranch Hog Wings The Ultimate Brookie Monster
Texas Slide Triple Lemon Bliss
Texas Twosome
Turkey Leg Taquito

Previous Big Tex Choice Award Winners

Year Category Winner
2021 Best Taste :: Savory DEEP FRIED SEAFOOD GUMBO BALLS
Best Taste :: Sweet THE ARMADILLO
Most Creative DEEP FRIED SEAFOOD GUMBO BALLS
2019 Best Taste :: Savory RUTH’S STUFFED FRIED TACO CONE
Best Taste :: Sweet BIG RED® CHICKEN BREAD
Most Creative FLA’MANGO TANGO
2018 Best Taste :: Savory Fernie’s Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce
Best Taste :: Sweet Arroz con Leche (Sweet Crispy Rice)
Most Creative Cotton Candy Taco
2017 Best Taste :: Savory Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
Best Taste :: Sweet Gulf Coast Fish Bowl
Most Creative Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger
2016 Best Taste Fried Jell-O®
Most Creative State Fair Cookie Fries
2015 Best Taste Fernie’s Holy Moly Carrot Cake Roly
Most Creative Smoky Bacon Margarita
2014 Best Taste Fried Gulf Shrimp Boil
Most Creative State Fair Brew – Funnel Cake Ale
2013 Best Taste Deep-Fried Cuban Roll
Most Creative Fried Thanksgiving Dinner
2012 Best Taste Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll
Most Creative Deep Fried Jambalaya
2011 Best Taste Buffalo Chicken in a Flapjack
Most Creative Fried Bubblegum
2010 Best Taste Texas Fried FRITOS® Pie
Most Creative Fried Beer™
2009 Best Taste Fernie’s Deep Fried Peaches & Cream
Most Creative Deep Fried Butter
2008 Best Taste Chicken Fried Bacon
Most Creative Fried Banana Split
2007 Best Taste Texas Fried Cookie Dough
Most Creative Deep Fried Latte
2006 Best Taste Fried Praline Perfection
Most Creative Fried Coke
2005 Best Taste Fried PB, Jelly and Banana Sandwich
Most Creative Viva Las Vegas Fried Ice Cream