The Sporkies

The Wisconsin State Fair certainly has a reputation for unique and unusual foods, which is why we created our Annual Food Competition, The Sporkies. Each year eight finalists are selected from several dozen entries, and a panel of celebrity judges choose the recipients of three Golden Spork Awards.

The fourth annual Sporkies Finalists are:

Final judging and presentation of The 2016 Golden Spork Awards will take place during the Fair on Wednesday, Aug 10 at the Bank Mutual Amphitheater at 11 am.

The judging panel is moderated by “Wisconsin Foodie” host, all-around food aficionado and emcee Kyle Cherek. This year’s judging panel includes:

LeRoy Butler – Super Bowl Champion and inventor of the Lambeau Leap

Steve Palec – Milwaukee radio veteran, has been the host of Rock ‘n Roll Roots on WKLH for 29 years

Donny Most – Ralph Malph from TV’s Happy Days, and co-star of the Happy Days: Live Tour

Anson Williams – Potsie from TV’s Happy Days, and co-star of the Happy Days: Live Tour

Want to complete this panel of amazing judges? Enter the Sporkies Fairgoer Judge Contest via Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #Sporkies2016 starting July 12. Click here for details.

Fairgoers are encouraged to participate in the judging during the Fair by sampling all of The Sporkies entries and for their favorites via social media using #FairgoersFave, via the Facebook voting app here or at the Guest Services Pavilion presented by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Congratulations to the 2016 Winners:

Congratulations to our past winners!

2015:

2014:

  • Best Tasting – Dolce Panino from La Coppa Gelato
  • Most Creative – Dolca Panino from La Coppa Gelato
  • Grand Champion – Dolce Panino from La Coppa Gelato
  • #FairgoersFave Winner – Bacon Wrapped Cherrywood Smoked Pork Belly On-A-Stick

2013:

  • Best Tasting – Island Slaw from Island Noodles
  • Most Creative – Mela Fritta Gelato On-A-Stick from La Coppa Gelato
  • Grand Champion – Mela Fritta Gelato On-A-Stick from La Coppa Gelato