Island Torpedo Sandwich.
ALLIS - With 65 new food and beverage choices at this
year’s Wisconsin State Fair, how do you choose?
it’s the name alone. Other times it’s a desire for
something sweet, other times something savory. Then
there are times when something shouts “fair food!”
not clear what inner voice shouts Cricket Nachos, as
served at All Things Jerky.
are buzzing about the Cricket Nachos because they're
pretty extreme,” said Kristin Chuckel, the State Fair
been at the Wisconsin State Fair the last 50 years, and
I'd say the last 15 years this food craze has been going
on,” said Brandon Grebe, owner of Grebe’s Bakery of
think bacon on a stick was the first item at the State
Fair that people thought was nuts but they sold tons of
them. And then people said, ‘Ooh, let's try something
different,’” Grebe said.
has jumped in on the unique food bandwagon, going with
beer-soaked donuts. Berry Weis goes well with jelly
donuts, Grebe added.
year’s Donut Ice Cream Sandwich was more of a
lightning storm than brainstorm.
said at our main office: ‘Why don't we put some ice
cream on a donut?’ Perfect. That was it,” Grebe
ice cream is vanilla and about 12 to 15 donut varieties,
including cruellers, will be used as the sandwich, said
Grebe, who likes the apple Persian because it’s like
apple pie, down to the cinnamon.
sometimes the name is the most interesting thing about a
fair food product, not so with this one.
didn’t get too fancy with the name,” Grebe said of
the Donut Ice Cream Sandwich. “It's exactly what you
use of sticks and frying are also common in fair food -
be it at the county or state level.
get a bunch of fair foods that are fried, but there are
a lot of food items that are not fried,” Chuckel said.
thinks speed and safety are part of the appeal of fried
foods. “It’s a Fair 101 thing,” he said.
there’s a craze for new and different and trying to
put almost anything on a stick, including wine, many
food vendors stick with the tried and true.
just comes down to marketing strategy, Chuckel said.
New Berlin Lions Club has people lined up for one item -
the corn. People come because it’s fresh from the
farm,” she said. “Real Wisconsin Grill has grilled
cheese and people go for that.”
you are in the mood for something new, here are 10
you have to consider something deep-fried. It was just a
matter of time before someone stuck hazelnut cocoa
butter in a vat. Granny’s Cheesecake & More is
doing just that at the fair.
Ice Cream Sandwich
of ditto the Nutella one as being inevitable. It took
Grebe’s Bakery & Roast Coffee to put ice cream
between a donut and ice cream in a sandwich.
one gets the nod on just the name alone. The beer cheese
and bacon are an added bonus at Knucklehead.
Elvis Shake Shake Shake
it to say you had one. Warning: There won’t be room
for much else. Sharing is an option. It’s peanut
butter cup and banana ice cream with fried bacon bits,
blended into a milkshake then topped with whipped cream,
more bacon bits, chocolate sauce and a deep-friend mini
Elvis, served in a peanut butter and chopped
peanut-rimmed cup. Thank Slim’s Lakefront Brew Pub
combination of ingredients sounds promising. The
sandwich on a roll boasts ground beef and Italian
sausage topped with red sauce, queso blanco cheese and
an island pepper mix. Get it at Tropics at the Fair.
question: What took La Copa Artisan Gelato so long?
can get all fancy-schmancy or go with a solid classic
like this new choice at the Shrimp Shack.
for adults 21 and up for when it’s hot - or not. Made
with Copa Di Vino wine, club soda, fruit juices and
fruit puree. Designated drinkers can choose from red or
white wine at Leadfoots Race Bar & Grill.
meat on a stick in classic fair style at Butcher Boys
and George’s Fun Foods.
knew they made Twinkies out of unicorns? Well, 3B Smores
didn’t harm any actual unicorns. It’s the colors and
glitter that give the treat the name. The deep-fried
Twinkie with cotton candy filling is topped with bright
pink and blue icing with edible glitter sprinkles.