INDIANAPOLIS –The Smoked Pig Patty from Indiana Pork Association was crowned the 2015 ‘Signature Food’ of the Indiana State Fair. Six concessionaires competed in the “Field to Farm” themed competition this year and online voters selected the winner after viewing photos of all the entries and reviewing judges’ comments.
Indiana Pork Association put a smoked twist to a Hoosier classic—a fully smoked Indiana grown quarter pound ground pork patty topped with Shoup’s Country Foods (Frankfort, IN) BBQ sauce and Scheckler’s Indiana gown dill pickles chips (St. Joe, IN). Indiana Pork Association will have three tents located around the Fairgrounds for visitors to come and try this year’s winning food.
93.9 The Beat’s judge Ms. Eklass says, “The aroma is making my mouth water! The smoked flavor really stands out and sets the sandwich off! The BBQ sauce and pickles complete this delicious pork burger. Usually with pork the saltiness is overpowering but it was perfect!”
Dave Booher of Dow AgroSciences added, “Nice smokey flavor with a hint of BBQ sauce. Like the addition of the pickle. Nice moisture in the pork. Good variation on the fair classic.”
Contestants were asked to create a new menu item using farm fresh ingredients native to Indiana. Fairgoers will still be able to taste the other participants “Field to Fair” creations all 17 days of the Fair, running August 7-23. Visitors can use their Indiana State Fair app presented by WGU Indiana to locate the other contest entries below:
Maple Walnut Waffle Sundae (Baskin Robbins)– Maple syrup from Indiana, walnuts, waffle with grains from Indiana, ice cream dairy from Indiana with vanilla, pralines and cream, butter pecan or black walnut ice creams.
Deep Fried Sweet Corn (Barto’s Concessions)– Deep fried Indiana home grown sweet corn available plain or with a Mexi-garlic lime butter.
Turkey Indiana (Gobble-Gobble)– Turkey Manhattan with sweet Indiana corn drizzled on top.
S’Mores flavored Milkshake & Muenster Grilled Cheese on Cinnamon Raisin Bread (American Dairy Association of Indiana)– Muenster cheese from Guggisberg Cheese in Middlebury, IN will be the featured cheese this year at the Dairy Bar.
Deep Fried Apple Pie Bites (Urick Concessions)– Fresh green apple slices dipped in cinnamon sugar and funnel cake batter, deep fried on a stick and served with soft-serve vanilla ice cream.
Cummulus Radio sponsored this year’s competition and online voting was conducted on the WFMS website. The eight judges included Miss EKlass, 93.9 The Beat, Greg Browning, 104.5 WJJK, Kevin Freeman, 95.5 WFMS, Gary Brackett of Georgia Reese’s, Indiana State Fair Queen Madeline Hayden, Featured Farmer of Fall Creek Gardens Maggie Goeglein, Dave Booher of Dow AgroSciences and Liz Biro, Indy Star. Plan your trip to the Indiana State Fair Year of the Farmer presented by Dow AgroSciences ahead of time and get your discounted tickets online at indianastatefair.com.