One of the best things about going to the State Fair of Texas is sampling all the wonderful foods. And yes, many of them are deep-fried delights. With a growing population in the North Texas area following a gluten-free diet, it's a good idea for vendors to list gluten-free menu items.
One of the recent concerns I've heard from friends is that the State Fair of Texas has so many great foods -- but they weren't sure there would be any / many gluten-free foods. (Glutens are a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat, barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape and it sometimes gives the product a chewy texture).
But you're in luck because I have the answers to your questions and concerns. I requested a list of gluten-free foods and the following items were provided to me by the State Fair of Texas. When in doubt, always ask the vendor. I love food on a stick and sausage-on-a-stick is gluten free!
Smoked Turkey Legs (Located throughout the grounds but check before purchasing in case they use seasonings or glaze)
Sausage on a Stick (Sold by Newport Concessions- 10 locations throughout the grounds)
Roasted Corn (one on Main Midway - #M-27 and one in Gate Way area #C-3)
Jacks French Fries (4 locations in Cotton Bowl Plaza) (No cross contamination when cooking)
Tornado Taters (One location on Nimitz Dr. and one location on Fun Way St, on the Midway)
Pokey’Os Cookies & Cream (Gluten-Free Blue Bell Ice Cream - Several Flavors)
Ranchero Fajitas (Fruit Cup)
Lermas Gorditas (Fruit Cup) (Cotton Bowl Plaza
Homestyle Foods (Fresh Squeezed Lemonade) (located at Front Gate and In the Food Court)
Family Fun Foods (Fresh Squeezed Lemonade) (Several locations throughout the grounds)
Katie’s Café (Fresh Squeezed Lemonade) (located on Fun Way St. on the Midway)
Cotton Candy (Jim B. Conatser) (9 locations throught the grounds)
Popcorn (Sold through different vendors)
Homemade Rootbeer (Two locations: One on Fun Way St. (Midway) & One on International Blvd.)
Cassie’s Frozen Yogurt: (On the Midway on Fun Way St.)
Chocolate Frozen Yogurt
Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet
Iced Tea Pickles
Stands inside the Coca Cola Food Court
Hast Texas Nachos (Nachos)
Pedro’s Tamales (Tamales are gluten-free)
It’s All Greek to Me (Greek Salads - check the dressing for content
A Taste of New Orleans (Red Beans & Rice, Dirty Rice)
Oak Farms Dairy (Milk & other beverages)
G-F Food Trucks at the Fair
Food trucks will visit the State Fair of Texas for the very first time in 2012 via "The Mega Truck." Food from Good Karma Kitchen and frozen drinks from SlushWorks will be available for purchase inside the Food & Fiber Pavilion.