INDIANAPOLIS - A fruity drink has been awarded the distinction of the being the "Signature Food" of this year's Indiana State Fair.
Voters online and six panelists selected the Fruit Twister Shake-up as the winner from five finalists.
The drink, from vendor Goodwin Family Products, combines fresh lemons, oranges, pineapple and strawberries with either sugar or Splenda, ice and water. The concoction is then shaken to create the drink.
The five finalists were required to "renovate" their recipes and present them in a new way, going along with the "Reconstructed/Deconstructed" theme tying in with the "Year of the Coliseum," celebrating the $63 million Fairgrounds Coliseum Complex renovation.
Here are the other special dishes that will be available:
- The Mac Daddy (from Gobble Gobble) -- signature homemade macaroni and cheese topped with pulled barbecue turkey
- Funnel Cake Ice Cream Sandwich (from Urick Concessions) -- Creamy, soft-serve vanilla ice cream placed between two mini funnel cakes, topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of chocolate sauce
- Cheeseburger Basket on a Stick (from Barto's Catering) -- Everything from Barto's cheeseburger basket rolled into a ball, including seasoned ground beef and sharp-aged cheddar cheese inside a hash brown potato ball, rolled in seasoned bread crumbs and deep-fried to a golden brown, served on a stick.
- Colossal Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Salted Chocolate Caramel Shake (from American Dairy Association) -- Three columns of breaded mozzarella placed between two slices of American cheese, grilled on sour dough bread, accompanied by a salted chocolate caramel milkshake.
The 2014 Indiana State Fair runs Aug. 1 - 17.