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.


The Big Tex Choice Awards, presented by Vistaprint, will be held Sunday, August 26 at 2 p.m. in the historic Tower Building in Fair Park.

Tickets to the 2018 Big Tex Choice Awards ceremony are $125 each. Included with your ticket is one admission ticket to the State Fair, exclusive Fair gear, and a commemorative State Fair refillable cup. All proceeds from the event go to the State Fair Scholarship Fund.

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2018 Big Tex Choice Awards Semi-Finalists

Savory Sweet
Corn Dog Ale Bacon Brittle
Deep Fried Bodacious Bacon Bombs Cherish Erbert Champagne
Deep Fried Chicken Tetrazzini Parmesana Cotton Candy Taco
Deep Fried Lobster Pops Deep Fried M&M’s®
Deep Fried Ranch Deep Fried Raspberry Brie-ret
Deep Fried Shepherd’s Pie Frosty’s Frozen Hot Chocolate
Deep Fried Skillet Potato Melt in a Boat Fruity Dessert Nachos
Fried Cup of Corn “Elotes” Kool-Aid® Pickle-Dilly Sangria
Fried Kool-Aid® Pickles Orange Julia’s Beermosa
Hoppin’ John Cake with Jackpot Sauce Orange You Glad We Fried It?!
King Crispy Coconut Crab Sliders State Fair Fun-L Cake Ice Cream
Pico Frito (Deep Fried Pico de Gallo) Supra Stuffed Mini Sopapillas
Southern Fried Chicken Nachos Sweet Bakin’ Bacon
Texas Fried Hill Country Sweet Crispy Rice (Arroz con Leche)
Texas Twang-kie Texas Thai Delight
The Roll Tide

2017 Big Tex Choice Awards Winners

Best Taste - Savory :: Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger

Best Taste - Sweet :: Gulf Coast Fish Bowl

Most Creative :: Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger


Deep Fried Chicken Noodle Soup

Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger

Texas Fajita Fries

The Tamale Donut

Surfin' Turfin' Tater Boat


Deep Fried Froot Loops

Pinot Noir Popcorn

Gulf Coast Fish Bowl

Fried Texas Sheet Cake

Fat Smooth

Previous Big Tex Choice Award Winners

Year Category Winner
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