OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA -- Name a single restaurant where you can sit down and eat a 15 course meal that starts with a something called a Chocolate Suicide.
Only at the State Fair of Oklahoma where organizers choose a selection of state 'fare' and ask several judges to score them based on original ingredients, choice of garnish, how well they're cooked, and taste, of course taste.
The dessert items include the Suicide, Deep Fried Banana Pudding, something called a Salty Cow, which is ice cream, chocolate, and bacon, and a cinnamon roll from Silver Dollar Concessions.
How can you go wrong with the pecans and tradition?
Cinnamon roll got my Sweetest of the Sweet award.
Slice of Savory was another category.
Here you've got some true originality at work.
I appreciated the convenience and flavor of Chicken on a Stick.
The dough in a Chicken Alfredo Calzone is molto bella.
Smokin' Pistol does a nice Deep Fried Rib.
You want to eat the Carne Asada Taco with something other than your bare hands, and the Wonderboy is the true super hero of corn dogs.
The batter is made with Captain Crunch cereal.
My winner here, simple, Ragin' Cajun's Chicken on a Stick.
The last category of our contest, Fair First Timers.
We tasted a beautiful Red Beans and RIce from a local kitchen, Ya Ya Gumbo.
You have to appreciate the use of vegetables in this Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, so healthy.
My favorite of the newcomers was from another local company Coco Flow, who came across with a Korean inspired crepe.
But we're not done.
We simply had to chase that with a Pineapple Whip Twist and a Salted Turtle Cheesecake Iced Latte as aperitif.
Our 15 course meal complete, to be followed by a nap, and a considerable amount of soul-searching that comes after every big meal, and every State Fair.
I gave you my winners.
Now, here are the actual winners of the Taste of the Fair Contest
1st Place for Sweetest of the Sweet - Mexican Funnel Cake from Gringo's
1st Place for Slice of Savory - Chicken on a Stick from Rajin' Cajun
1st Place for New to the Scene - Red Beans and Rice from La Gumbo Ya Ya