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 Fifth Annual Sporkies Finalists are:

Final judging and presentation of the 2017 Golden Spork Awards will take place during the Fair on Wednesday, Aug 9 at the Bank Mutual Amphitheater at 11 am. Don’t miss this year’s #Sporkies, complete with local celebrity judges!

Kyle Cherek will again serve as emcee directing our celebrity judges:

Sample all the Sporkies entires and vote on your favorite to award a fourth Golden Spork Trophy for the Fairgoers’ Fave via a Facebook voting app, on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #FairgoersFave, or at the Guest Services Pavilion, located on Central Avenue near Central Park and the Exposition Center. Judging for the #FairgoersFave will be open from Thursday, Aug. 3 – Tuesday, Aug. 8.

You too can be a Sporkies judge! Enter the Sporkies Fairgoer Judge Contest via Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #SporkiesJudge2017 starting July 11. Click here for details.

Below are the 2017 Sporkies entries. Finalists are highlighted and BOLD.

Congratulations to our past winners!




  • 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


  • 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