August 23 - September 2, 2024

Savor the Flavor at the 2023 Colorado State Fair: A Culinary Journey through Fair Food and Local Delicacies

Fair food at the Colorado State Fair

The 2023 Colorado State Fair is so much more than exhilarating rides, engaging exhibits, and thrilling shows. It’s also a food lover’s paradise, filled with tempting aromas, tantalizing flavors, and mouthwatering local dishes. Every bite promises to be a sensory journey that celebrates local cuisine and its diversity, flair, and tradition.

A Cornucopia of Fair Food

From traditional favorites to innovative creations, the food vendors at the Colorado State Fair bring a smorgasbord of delicacies to satisfy every craving. Sink your teeth into a juicy corn dog, enjoy the fluffy texture of cotton candy, or brave the fiery notes of spicy nachos.

A little boy and girl share a bag of brightly colored popcorn at a carnival.  Both children are hispanic.  The little boy is putting food in his mouth and smiling, the little girl is behind him and reaching over him to put her hands in the bag.  Both wear orange.  You can see rides and snack stands in the background.

But don’t stop there! In the spirit of culinary creativity, our vendors love to push the boundaries. From deep-fried Oreos to bacon-wrapped jalapeños, there is a dish waiting to surprise and delight your taste buds.

And let’s not forget our signature giant turkey legs; hot, buttered corn on the cob; and delicious funnel cakes – these Fair food staples are a must-try for every visitor.

Turkey legs on barbecue for sale at the Colorado State Fair

Sip and Savor Colorado’s Finest Brews

A woman with a beautiful blue hat drinking a refreshment on a hot day at the State Fair

What’s a fair without a cold brew to wash down delectable treats? Colorado, famous for its thriving craft beer scene, brings the best of its local breweries to the Fair. Enjoy a wide variety of beers – from crisp, golden pilsners to rich, dark stouts. And for wine lovers, fear not! Colorado’s burgeoning wine industry is well-represented, offering a selection of fine local wines to sample and savor.

Discover Local Flavors

A man in a cowboy hat eating a plate of chips

The Colorado State Fair is not just a feast for the senses; it’s also a platform that showcases the state’s vibrant food scene. One of the highlights is the ‘Colorado Proud’ initiative, which prioritizes locally grown, raised, or processed products. This year-round program is showcased beautifully at the Fair, with stalls offering everything from locally brewed beers to artisanal cheeses and grass-fed beef. The aim is to provide attendees with a unique and delicious experience and support local farmers, ranchers, and small businesses, stimulating Colorado’s economy and promoting sustainable practices. Local farmers, ranchers, and chefs come together to present a range of dishes that highlight Colorado’s bounty. From Palisade peaches to Rocky Ford melons, from Pueblo chiles to Olathe sweet corn, enjoy dishes that honor the state’s agricultural heritage while tantalizing your taste buds.

World Slopper Eating Championship

slopper team

And the foodie fun doesn’t stop there! We’re thrilled to announce the return of one of our most mouthwatering and highly-anticipated events: the World Slopper Eating Championship! This year, we’re turning up the heat with a competition that will leave you begging for more! Contestants will brave a barrage of the delectable, Pueblo-originated dish, the Slopper – a saucy, spicy mess of hamburger patties smothered in green chili, generously topped with onions and served on a bun.

Slopper champions

Above is a photo of 2022’s winners. Professional World Slopper Eating Champion Geoffrey Esper is on the right, who ate an amazing 33 Sloppers to keep his title! On the left, Hollis Glenn, Deputy Commissioner of Operations for the Department of Agriculture, earned the Celebrity Slopper Eating Championship title! 

Treat Yourself at the Colorado State Fair

A toddler girl in a stroller eating a corn dog at the state fair

Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure at the 2023 Colorado State Fair. Indulge in Fair food classics, discover local specialties, sample Colorado’s finest brews, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or just looking to enjoy some great grub, our Fair food and local dishes will take your State Fair experience to delicious new heights!

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