Each August the Indiana State Fair is full of rides, animals and free concerts for all to enjoy, but most importantly the fair always brings us… food!

From hotter than hot pretzel poppers to deep fried cookie ice cream sandwiches, there’s a variety of food this year sure to meet every fair-goer’s dreams. Some of the foods you can find this year are: caramel coffee milkshakes, bourbon chicken, bison hush puppies, lamb tacos, buffaloaded fries and 17 others. That may sound like a lot to eat in one visit, but the Downtown Indy, Inc. team got a sneak preview of the fair food and we have the low down on all our favorites.

Hoosier Hometown Hash

It’s only fitting to feature a dish that is named after our beloved home state, right? This Hometown Hash consists of two hash brown patties surrounding FOUR types of cheese: muenster, pepper jack, cheddar and swiss.

Rollin’ Mac Daddy Egg Roll

Portable and delicious! This new creation makes rollin’ around the fair while gobbling down your food so simple. This dish includes cheesy mac and cheese with pulled BBQ turkey on top and a side of BBQ sauce.

Superhero USA All the Way Pancake

Super pancakes for our everyday superheroes, like you! This freshly made Dutch pancake is loaded with red strawberries, white fresh whipped cream and blueberries.

Blue Raspberry Lemon Twister

Looking for a twist on the normal lemon shake-up? This drink can quench any thirst when the fair heats up with its twist on blue raspberry lemonade.

Deep Fried Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich

Here’s a sugar rush waiting to happen! Creamy vanilla ice cream is sandwiched between two big chocolate chip cookies. Then dipped in funnel cake batter, deep fried and garnished with powered sugar and chocolate sauce.

Buffaloaded Fries

Get your fill with this jumbo plate of French fries topped with a blend of white meat chicken, creamy cheddar cheese sauce, buffalo hot sauce and blue cheese garnished with ranch dressing, real bacon bits and chives.

American Hero

Hope you’re hungry because this hardy hoagie is not only tasty, but also huge! This sandwich is packed with ham, salami, pepperoni, lettuce, tomato, slices of American and Jalapeno cheese and covered in a freshly made special sauce.

Angry Pretzel Poppers with Mad Ranch Sauce

If you’re looking for something with a kick then these pretzel poppers are the go-to. These bites feature diced jalapenos mixed in a made-from-scratch dough, then rolled in more diced jalapenos, baked, buttered and salted. They are then paired with MORE jalapenos in a ranch dressing.

Whether you’re up for funnel cake, corn on the cob or trying something new, you can’t go wrong at the Indiana State Fair this year. Go check it out any day between August 2 – 18 to try these foods and more for yourself!

Matty Tinkle

Matty Tinkle

Communications and Marketing Intern, Downtown Indy, Inc.