Florida State Fair Food: Here are the wacky, sweet and savory foods hitting the fairgrounds this year

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida State Fair is known for its wild, wacky, and delicious foods year after year and the 2022 fair is no different.

From sweet to savory, the fair is home to new delights, like “Big Mack” pizza, bacon and caramel apples, funnel cake tacos and more.

The state fair returns to the fairgrounds on February 10 and runs through February 21. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children.

The Novel Foods list will be updated as new foods are announced on the Florida State Fair website.


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Fried banana pudding

Location: DeAnna’s Steak Sundaes

The hugely popular DeAnna’s Steak Sundaes is back with a new dish to satisfy the sweet tooth. The fried banana pudding dish features donuts topped with banana pudding, whipped cream, and a drizzle of caramel on top.

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Apple caramel cinnamon brioche

Location: Grandma Brown’s Cinnamon Rolls

The establishment’s cinnamon roll recipe has been winning awards since 1970. This new recipe is topped with a cinnamon apple pie filling and drizzled with hot caramel and white icing.

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cookie dough explosion

Location: Funky Flemingo

The sundae starts with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie and is topped with salted caramel ice cream and two scoops of cookie dough. All topped with hot fudge, caramel, whipped cream and Oreo cookies.

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Pop Rock Smoothies

Location: Cinnamon Fair

In a new take on the smoothie, Cinnamon Saloon tops off its fruity drinks with Pop Rocks.

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twisted s’mores

Location: Shockley’s

Ribbon chips are topped with a drizzle of chocolate and marshmallow and graham cracker sprinkles at Shockley’s location at the fair.

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Caramel apples with bacon

Location: The Apple Cart

The Apple Cart’s newest addition to the fair this year is Apple Bacon Caramel. The Granny Smith apple is covered in homemade caramel and rolled in bacon bits. The establishment also sells this apple drizzled with chocolate.

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Cookies and cream funnel cake

Location: Paulette’s Food

This twist on the classic funnel cake dessert is made with red velvet cookies and cream funnel cake batter and topped with a drizzle of fudge.

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Fried fruit skewers

Location: Cinnamon City

Delicious fruit is dipped in Cinnamon City’s “secret” batter and dusted with powdered sugar.


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funnel cake taco

Location: Best around

This unique version of the faux funnel features the shell dipped in a “buffalo paste” funnel cake mix. It’s filled with Buffalo Chicken Dip and topped with Lettuce, Cheddar, Ranch and Cool Ranch Doritos Crumbs.

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Loaded Fried Pickle Nachos

Venue: Chester’s Gators & Taters

Fried pickle chips, loaded with cheese, bacon, chili, jalapenos and more will be available at Chester’s Gators & Taters this year.

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Poutine sundae

Location: DeAnna’s Steak Sundaes

Another DeAnna’s delicacy, the poutine sundae makes its debut at this year’s fair. DeAanna’s fresh-cut fries are topped with cheese curds and gravy, with an added sirloin steak.

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donut dog

Location: DeAnna’s Diner

Burgers with donuts are popular in Florida, but what about hot dogs and donuts? DeAnna’s Diner at the fair features a homemade donut with an all-beef hot dog and applewood bacon. The dish is complete with the frosting on top.

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Trof of pork

Location: Rising Smoke Grill

This baked potato is topped with pulled pork, baked beans, cheese and coleslaw.

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loaded onion rings

Location: Captain Max’s Fry & Seafood Shack

A state fair favorite gets a makeover this year with cheese, ranch bacon bits and chives.

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Pineapple Fried Rice Bowls

Location: Mobile Deserts and Foods

The fried rice is served in a bowl of pineapple and features a choice of meat for fair-goers, including steak, chicken, or shrimp.

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Big Mack Pizza

Location: Pizza Emporium

Fans of the famous McDonald’s burger can welcome this new Pizza Emporium pizza into their fair food adventure. The pie contains beef, a “special sauce”, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and sesame seeds.

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