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The MALLET Food Competition

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The Maryland State Fair certainly has a reputation for unique and unusual foods, which is why we created our Annual Food Competition, The MALLET sponsored by The Restaurant Store.

Look for the giant 10′ Mallet trophies outside of each winner location during your visit.

Vendors compete for Best Sweet, Best Savory, and Most Creative food items for the 2023 Maryland State Fair! Best of all, YOU get to enjoy the winning creations at this year’s Fair!

Live judging of our 2023 MALLET New Food Competition will take place Sunday, August 27 at 10 am on the State Fair Park Free Stage, presented by Maryland Lottery and T-Mobile.

Fairgoer Judge

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One lucky Fairgoer will win the coveted chance to help select The Mallet’s 2023 winners! 

Stay tuned for more details for a chance to win this coveted job!

2023 MALLET Finalists

Sample all of the MALLET finalists during the Fair! 

All finalist food items will be available for purchase during the 2023 Maryland State Fair and will have a sign designating them as a finalist. 

Join us Sunday, August 27 at 10 am on the Park Stage to see who will be crowned Best Sweet, Best Savory, and Most Creative New Food Items for the 2023 Maryland State Fair!



Congratulations to our 2022 winners!​

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First Place
Farmer Stan’s Garden Grilled Cheese
Farmer Stan’s Stand

Second Place
Mount Nacho
Charm City Flats

Third Place
Ham & Cheese Pretzel Wrap
Dutch Foods Stand


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