A year after the Texas Fair wasn’t held, the Big Tex Choice Awards are back on Sunday.
Concessionaire was eager to return to business and submitted 43 entries for this year’s award. From there, the best tasting sweets were narrowed down to the 10 Big Tex Choice Awards finalists.
The jury at the ceremony on Sunday made the final call, giving out the choices of “best taste savory,” “best taste sweet,” and “most creative.”
Created by Concessionaire James Barrera, Armagiro has won the best tasting sweets.
Barrera, known as the giant cookie butter ice cream sandwich, said he was happy to be back as a winner.
“I won the first annual Big Tex Choice Awards in 2005 and I’m finally back. I didn’t have gray hair at the time,” Barrera laughed. “Everyone loves ice cream sandwiches.”
One dish got two honors.
Fried seafood gumbo balls have won the best and most creative taste.
“I didn’t expect to win two in a day,” said chef Greg Parish.
Using family gumbo recipes that have been passed down for generations, victory will come after many years of concessionaires lose their patriarch earlier this month.
“She paved the way. We are following in her footsteps,” Parish said. “We have been award-winning before and are approaching, but it’s great to reach this point and do this.”
With the Texas Fair opening on September 24th, Fair Gore will be able to try all finalists.
The Texas Fair begins on the 30th and the team is working this year to ensure a safe environment in Fairgoa.