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From comfort foods to “what the hell is THAT?” items, there’s a cornucopia of foods on offer from deep fried to freeze dried this year.

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Oklahoma Gazette was invited out to judge 15 wildly varied flavors in the 11th Annual Great TASTE of a Fair contest just before the fairgrounds opened its gates this season. From comfort foods to “what the hell is THAT?” items, there’s a cornucopia of foods on offer from deep fried to freeze dried this year.


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The Bacon Habit

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From the food stand that brought you chocolate-covered bacon comes this year’s winner of the “slice of savory” category, the coconut shrimp bowl. The coconut-encrusted crustacean is served with chunks of mango and sweet chili sauce over rice in a coconut shell, hitting all of the notes at once. If you’re trying to stay true to the brand, The Bacon Habit also offers its popular cheesy bacon bombs, which are dough-covered pepper jack cheese chunks wrapped in bacon and deep fried.


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The Urb Express

405-474-6108

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If that wasn’t enough bacon for you, the second place finisher in the savory category also offers honey pepper hotdog rich in flavor and saturated fat. The quarter-pound Nathan’s beef coney is served with pepper jack, honey mustard and honey pepper bacon. They also have a variety of burgers with fries and chicken sandwiches both sweet and spicy up for grabs.


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The Gilty Pleasure

405-933-0409

No, that’s not a misspelling. A gilt is a young female pig and this food stand is serving them up hot atop a bed of rich macaroni and cheese drizzled with a tangy barbecue sauce. The Gilty Mac and Cheese is balanced with pulled pork that falls apart in your mouth, though if you’re looking for something comparable on a bun, try the Gilty Pleasure instead, or their superb cowboy nachos if you’re looking for something else entirely.


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Project Krave

405-760-0172

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This stand took home the blue ribbon in the “sweetest of the sweet” category with the apple pie churro bites, which are exactly as they sound except they taste even better than you’re imagining. The apple pie filling is mouth-watering, but the caramel sauce pushes it over the top. Project Krave plays both sides, with its piled tots and fries as well as Philly cheesesteaks if you need to balance out your taste buds.


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The Original Minneapple Pie

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The OG pie stand is back in action this year serving up — you guessed it — apple pies both naked and a la mode. This year, they upped their game and brought the Minneblueberry Pie, which boasts the same great crust as the pumpkin and apple pies served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or cinnamon, if you prefer). It’s really no surprise that these pies took home second place in the sweetness category.


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Gram’s Sweet Treats

9520 SW 15th St. STE D

(405) 795-2013

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The freeze-dried Milk Duds definitely take the cake as far as the most novel dessert on offer this year at the fair, with the filling-pulling chocolate-coated caramels reduced to its core essence. Imagine a puffed cheese ball made of caramel and you get the idea. Fortunately, Gram’s Sweet Treats also has a brick-and-mortar location in southwest OKC so if this delectable confection makes your sweet tooth sing, you can try out more of their fare without the fair.


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The Pioneer Wagon

The corn dog, along with roasted corn and cinnamon rolls, is a true fair staple, but you’ve never had one quite like this. Instead of your standard beef or pork fare, this one is filled with alligator meat (or rattlesnake meat, we hear) for a familiar favorite with an unfamiliar twist. This one earned them the gold in the “new to the scene” category, but make sure to check up the runners-up at Cutie Pies Concessions with their banana split pie or the chicken bacon ranch waffle stick over at Waffle Chix.

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