Tuesday, July 24

Spaghetti ice cream named Indiana State Fair ‘Signature Food’ 2012

INDIANAPOLIS – Spaghetti Ice Cream, created by Monroe Concessions, has been voted the 2012 ‘Signature Food’ at the Indiana State Fair. Online voters selected this dish after reading the insights from a panel of eight judges who tasted all six entries.

Click to read review of 2011 fair food.

Fair goers can find this winning dessert on Main Street across from the Pepsi Coliseum, the spot given to the contest’s winning concessionaire every year. The dish sells for $5 and consists of spaghetti shaped gelato, Italian ice cream, with strawberry ‘tomato sauce,’ shaved white chocolate ‘cheese’ and chocolate ‘meatballs.’
Bob and Joanie Monroe of Monroe Concessions in Marion, Ind., came up with the concept after learning that this year’s fair is the “Year of Dairy Cows” and will also feature an exhibit on Italy in the International Pavilion. This is the second time the Monroes have won the contest. Their deep-fried chocolate covered strawberries won the inaugural competition in 2006.

Indiana State Fair
Aug. 3 - 19

For tickets, directions and more information, visit IndianaStateFair.com.

To celebrate the 2012 Indiana State Fair's “Year of Dairy Cows” theme, contest rules required vendors to use dairy products in all food creations. The other entries will all be on sale at throughout the State Fair.

Cheese Squared (Coffman Concessions)
Chipotle, creamy spinach or garlic herb cream cheese wrapped in Swiss cheese, then lightly breaded and fried. ($6 for 5 squares)

Moo Chew Meal (American Dairy Association)
A light, refreshing lemon chiller milkshake served with a sourdough grilled cheese sandwich loaded with American and Pepper Jack cheese. ($5)

Micro Beer Cheese Sauce (Barto’s Catering)
Local micro brew-fused beer cheese sauce served on either fresh cut fries, hefty burger or on the side for dipping. ($1/cup)

Caramel Corn Sundae (Baskin Robbins)
Vanilla ice cream with hot caramel topping, caramel corn, fresh whipped cream, nuts and a cherry. ($5.50 for 2 scoops)

Blue Ribbon Cannoli (Bakerman Concessions)
A crisp Italian cookie shell filled with sweet, whipped ricotta cheese, whipping cream, powdered sugar, mini chocolate chips and dried berries, topped with a powdered sugar sprinkle. ($6 for 2)

Cumulus Radio sponsored this year’s competition, which is in its seventh year. WFMS and WJJKon-air personalities directed listeners to the radio stations’ web sites to view a video of the judges’ comments and get an itemized listing of all the entries.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated fine-living columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her newest column, Infused at GottaGo.us and FoodandDrinkDigital.com and as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Gotta Go is published onGottago.us, BroadwayWorld.com, in M and Retired Living magazines and several newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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