State Fair of Texas

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2012

    Big Tex, Icon of Texas State Fair, Burns to the Ground

    Burn, baby, burn Big Tex, the 52-foot-tall symbol of the Texas State Fair, smoldered, caught fire, and was finally engulfed in flames late last week at the fairgrounds in Dallas before firefighters could arrive and put it out. As the above video demonstrates, the process took only six minutes. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Colin Quinn to Host Vendys; Le Bernardin, Renovated, Reopens Friday

    ​Wondering what deep-fried monstrosity won the "most creative" category at the Texas State Fair this year? Fried bubble gum. [Time] Brooklyn native Colin Quinn will be a judge at this year's Vendy Awards, alongside CNN's Kat Kinsman and New York Times columnist John T. Edge. [Gothamist] A nu ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 9, 2011


    Texas without Bush

  • Music

    January 5, 2011

    It's the Real and the Rise of the Rap Nerd

    Why this duo's white, Jewish comedy-rap is funnier than you think

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2010

    The Short, Sad History of the Corn Dog

    ​What's the mustard hiding? Read on to find out. When I was a little kid in Minnesota and went to the state fair, one of the main gastronomic attractions were corn dogs, and my brothers and I would beg to have one the minute we hit the fairgrounds on Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. Except they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    iPad Lists Boost Wine Sales; Deep-Fried Beer Maker Dreams of Something Harder

    ​If you're looking to sip where the wine experts do, head for such wine bars as Terroir Tribeca, Anfora, and Bar Henry. [Food & Wine] Restaurants that have implemented iPad wine lists experience an increase in wine sales nearly overnight -- the devices also seem to appeal more to men. [NY Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Deep-Fried Margaritas: Coming Soon to the State Fair of Texas?

    Straight up, on the rocks, or fried?​Dallas's State Fair of Texas is officially the Fried Food Capitol of Texas (TM!), and every year it throws the Big Tex Choice Awards to determine what new batter-dipped concoction will join the fried peaches and cream, fried pecan pie, and fried butter that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    In Praise of Food-Based Fundraisers

    Townend Photography/flickr​One of the great things about food-based fundraisers is that they provide valuable opportunities to indulge in base gluttony in service of a noble cause. And September happens to be full of such opportunities. Tonight, Let Us Eat Local, a fundraiser for Just Food, wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    A Heart Attack on a Plate Paired With a Glass of...

    wildwallawallawinewoman​ Slashfood enlists the help of a master sommelier-in-training to suggest wine pairings for foods like KFC's dirty Double Down sandwich and those now-famous deep-fried butter balls from the Texas State Fair. For the Double Down, says Gretchen Roberts, who also writes th ... More >>