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!
2023 Mallet New Food Contest Winners
Congratulations to our 2023 winners!
Best Sweet New Food Item
Lemon Blueberry Donut Delight
Vendor: Deddle’s Mini Donuts
Location: Food Pavilion
Best Savory New Food Item
Crab Cake Eggrolls
Vendor: Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
Location: Food Pavilion
Most Creative New Food Item
Maple Bacon Iced Tea
Vendor: Tiki Tea
Location: Midway next to Swifty Swine Pig Races
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!
2023 SAVORY FINALISTS
MAC & CHEESE MINI DONUTS
Sweet mini donuts topped with homemade mac & cheese and savory bacon.
CRAB CAKE EGGROLLS
Jimmy's Famous Seafood
Crab cake and cream cheese blend wrapped in an egg roll wrapper. Fried to perfection. Served on a bed of asian slaw and topped with mango ponzu and spicy mayo.
MR. BUD'S NEVADA CRUNCH
Maryland Food Pavilion - The Pork Booth
A 16-ounce cup full of savory Nevada beans combined with smoky pork shoulder topped with crushed Frito Chili Cheese Chips finished off with a drizzle of BBQ sauce and a splash of scallions.
MAPLE BACON ICED TEA
Freshly brewed Mable Bacon Tea served over ice in a Tiki Tea Souvenir Jar.
*Bacon strips NOT included.
GINGER TURKEY RAMEN BOWL
The Turkey Stand
Broth made from turkey stock and miso tare. It is topped with a smoked egg, ginger turkey, nori, seasoned bamboo shoots, pickled red onion, rice ramen noodles, green
onions, and honey sriracha smoked turkey crumble. The broth, ginger turkey, honey sriracha turkey crumble, smoked egg, and pickled egg are all made fresh in-house.
2023 SWEET FINALISTS
THE OG + TRUFFLE OIL
Cambodian Street Corn
While this sweet and savory roasted corn on the cob usually showcases a glaze made from reduced coconut milk, butter, sugar, sea salt, and scallions, we’ve upgraded this great festival food with a mushroom-based and super-exclusive fusion of our own. We’re giving this traditional tasty treat a little extra appeal…truffles! It’s salty, it’s sweet, it’ll blow your mind. This twist on corn is uniquely Cambodian. Traditionally served during gatherings and holidays.
UNICORN COTTON CANDY ICE CREAM
Cotton Candy Ice cream, topped with whipped topping, fairy sprinkles and a piece of fresh, sugary cotton candy. It’s so sugary, you can taste the carnival!
LEMON BLUEBERRY DELIGHT
Made-to-order cake mini donuts topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon streusel, blueberry compote, lemon pie filing, and whipped topping. It’s sure to delight your taste buds!
CANDY APPLY LOLLIPOPS
A spinoff from the traditional candy apples, these lollipops are made using sugary, crunchy candy apple mix and come in red, green, blue, and purple colors!
BROWN SUGAR BOBA TEA
Maryland Food Pavilion - The Turkey Stand
Brown Sugar Boba Tea with squishy tapioca pearls.
Congratulations to our 2022 winners!
Farmer Stan’s Garden Grilled Cheese
Farmer Stan’s Stand
Charm City Flats
Ham & Cheese Pretzel Wrap
Dutch Foods Stand