The Sporkies presented by Journal Sentinel

The Sporkies, the Fair’s annual food competition, is back for the 7th year encouraging vendors to take their unique food creations to the next level and make you extra hungry at the same time.

Look for the giant 13-ft. Sporkies trophies displayed at each finalist’s location, then vote for your favorite items via text message keyword, social media using #FairgoersFave or at the Guest Services Pavilion during the Fair.

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2019 Sporkies Finalists

Brownie Waffle Stick

Sweet Belgian waffle baked around double chocolate brownie with white chocolate chips. Served on a stick, dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate syrup. At Waffle Chix.

Buffalo Cheese Curd and Chicken Taco

Buffalo flavored cheese curds from Ellsworth, WI paired with slices of grilled chicken in a fried flour tortilla. Topped with bleu cheese slaw. At Poncho Dog.

Deep-Fried Italian Stallion

Slow-roasted Italian beef marinated in Oktoberfest beer, garlic, onions and Italian seasonings, sliced thin and layered with Wisconsin mozzarella and provolone cheeses and spicy house made giardiniera, all wrapped in a wonton and deep-fried to golden perfection. At Water Street Brewery.

Deep-Fried Milk with Cookie Dip

A reverse take on milk and cookies where you dip the milk in the cookie! Sweet and creamy cubes of milk pudding are breaded and fried to crispy perfection, then sprinkled with powdered sugar. Served with a luscious Oreo cookie dip on the side. At Slim's Lakefront Brew Pub & Eatery.

Jalapeno Popper Hot Dog

An all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and deep fried. Topped with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and spicy jalapenos for a little kick. Drizzled with a sweet raspberry glaze. At Siggy's Wild Dogs Saloon.

Puco Locadilla On-a-Stick

Flour shell tortillas stuffed with habanero jack cheese, poblano peppers, and tomatillos grilled as a quesadilla and served on a stick with grilled chicken breast. Topped with chili lime sauce, cilantro, cotija cheese, corn, kettle chips and snickerdoodle crumbles. At Sprecher Landing.

Tropics Street Corn Nachos

All of the flavors of the Mexican-style street corn in nacho form: grilled corn, mayo, cotija cheese, cilantro, cayenne and lime juice along with nacho chips and a creamy melted queso cheese. At Tropics.

Final Judging

Watch the final judging as local celebrities choose this year’s winners on Wednesday, August 7 at the Associated Bank Amphitheater at 11 am.

The Sporkies Finals will be hosted by Kyle Cherek, and judged by the following local celebrities:

  • Angelica Duria – Anchor and Reporter for FOX 6 News
  • Kathy Flanigan – Entertainment, Features and Beer Reporter for Journal Sentinel
  • Nick Chipman – Food Blogger and Founder of
  • Jim Villa – Former State Fair Park Board Member
  • Peter Feigin – Milwaukee Bucks President
  • Fairgoer Judge – Meg M. from Shorewood, WI

They will be joined by special guests Bango and Cravin D. Cream Puff!

Congratulations to Past Sporkies Winners!




  • First Place: Root Beer Float Cake – Sprecher Landing & Sprecher Root Beer Everything
  • Second Place: Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Corn Dog – Saz’s Bavarian Haus
  • Third Place: Deep Fried Ol’ FashionedWater Street Brewery
  • #FairgoersFave Winner: Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Corn Dog – Saz’s Bavarian Haus


  • First Place: Wis-Cone-SinWater Street Brewery
  • Second Place: Bacon Bottom Porker Pizza – Brew City
  • Third Place: Cheesy Smoked Gouda Sidewinder Fries – Tropics at the Fair
  • #FairgoersFave Winner: Deep Fried Pretzel Crusted Brownies On-a-Stick – Saz’s Ribs


  • 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 – Saz’s Ribs


  • 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