We are so excited for the 2022 “Governor’s Plate” competition!  This event is held during the Colorado State Fair on August 30th, 2022!  

The Governor’s Plate was created in 2021 to highlight Colorado’s diverse and unbeatable agricultural products and chefs. Five trucks competed last year, with Papa Mario’s Grilled Cheese from Pueblo taking home top honors. For the 2022 competition the theme is “Your take on fair food”. Each truck will put their creative spin on one of their favorite fair food’s!  Applications are now closed and we plan to select 8-10 trucks to compete! Each truck will prepare and serve 500 sample size portions to guests and Governor Polis at the competition.  Tickets to attend the event, sample the food for yourself and place your vote for the “People’s Choice Truck” are available here!

Furthermore, the competing trucks will have to be registered as “Colorado Proud” which means they utilize any food or agricultural product that has been grown, raised or processed in Colorado.   By supporting registered Colorado Proud businesses you are helping Colorado’s economy, local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, manufacturers and processors in your area.

July 21, 2022
Contact: Olga Robak,, 720-428-0441

Second Annual Colorado State Fair Governor’s Plate Contestants Announced

Nine Colorado Proud Food Trucks Compete for “Governor’s Plate” Award

Pueblo, Colo. – Nine food trucks will battle to take home the Golden Plate Award and the People’s Choice Award during the second annual Governor’s Plate competition, scheduled to take place at the Colorado State Fair on August 30, 2022. 

The Governor’s Plate competition highlights Colorado’s diverse agricultural products along with local chefs who use Colorado Proud ingredients to bring fresh and exciting flavors to the table. The theme of the 2022 competition is “Your Take on Fair Food.” Contestants will serve their most creative spin on traditional fair favorites, which will be judged by Governor Jared Polis and event attendees. 

“We are thrilled to host the second annual Governor’s Plate food truck competition,” said Scott Stoller, General Manager of the Colorado State Fair. “We look forward to sampling these nine unique Colorado Proud dishes!” 

The following Colorado Proud food truck vendors have been selected by a panel of Colorado State Fair food experts to compete in the 2022 Governor’s Plate:

Entries are closed but tickets to the competition can be purchased for $20 per person beginning on July 22, 2022, at 10 a.m. on the Colorado State Fair website. Tickets include bite-size samples from all nine food trucks competing and allow ticket holders to vote for their favorite dish. Colorado musician Cousin Curtiss will perform inside the PB&T Bank Pavilion.  

All food trucks will be asked to present one Colorado Proud dish. To be Colorado Proud, a truck can use any food or agricultural products that have been grown, raised, or processed in Colorado. When Coloradans shop and eat at Colorado Proud businesses, they are helping Colorado’s economy, local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, manufacturers, and processes in the area. Visit the Colorado Proud website to learn more. 

About the Colorado State Fair: Celebrating its 150th year, the Colorado State Fair is an annual event held in Pueblo, Colorado that creates an entertaining, inspiring, and educational inter-generational experience highlighting the preservation, promotion, and exposition of our State’s vibrant and diverse agriculture, industry, and culture. 


The Colorado Department of Agriculture exists to support the state’s agriculture industry and serve the people of Colorado through regulation, advocacy and education. Our mission is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture, promote a safe and high-quality food supply, protect consumers, and foster responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources. 

A division of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the mission of the Colorado State Fair Authority is to celebrate Colorado’s vibrant and diverse industries, with emphasis on agriculture and outcomes optimizing use of available resources.