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“Shake-Up” at the Top in the Battle for State Fair’s Signature Dish

INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): A “Shake-up” at the top in the battle for the State Fair's Signature Dish. The Fruit Twister Shake-up from Goodwin Family Products has been voted the 2014 “Signature Food” of the Indiana State Fair. Online voters picked the drink over four other finalists after looking at pictures of the entries and reading comments of panelists who tasted all five dishes. The contest had a “Reconstructed/Deconstructed” theme to tie in the fair's “Year of the Coliseum” celebration honoring the $63 million Fairgrounds Coliseum Complex renovation project. The Shake-Up combines lemons, oranges, pineapple, and strawberries with sugar or splenda, ice, and water, and it's then shaken. The drink can be found on Main Street, close to the Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Here are the other entries, which will all be on sale at the State Fair:


  • The Mac Daddy (Gobble Gobble) – Gobble Gooble’s signature homemade macaroni and cheese topped with their pulled BBQ turkey
  • Funnel Cake Ice Cream Sandwich (Urick Concessions) – Creamy, soft-served vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two golden brown mini funnel cakes topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of chocolate sauce
  • Cheeseburger Basket on a Stick (Barto’s Catering) – All the elements of Barto’s signature cheeseburger basket rolled into one delicious ball – fresh seasoned ground beef and sharp-aged cheddar cheese tucked into a hash brown potato ball, rolled in seasoned bread crumbs, deep-fried to a golden brown and served on a stick to be eaten on-the-go
  • Colossal Grilled Cheese Sandwich with a Salted Chocolate Carmel Shake (American Dairy Association) – Three columns of breaded mozzarella sandwiched between two slices of American cheese grilled to perfection on Sour Dough Bread, accompanied by a delicious Salted Chocolate Caramel Milkshake

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