INDIANAPOLIS (NEWS RELEASE) -- Monroe Concessions’ Spaghetti Ice Cream has been voted the 2012 "signature food" at the Indiana State Fair. Online voters selected the dish after reading the insights from a panel of eight judges who tasted all six entries.
Fair goers can find this winning dessert on Main Street across from the Pepsi Coliseum, the spot given to the contest’s winning concessionaire every year. The dish sells for $5 and consists of spaghetti shaped Italian ice cream (gelato) with strawberry "tomato sauce," shaved white chocolate "cheese" and chocolate "meatballs."
Bob and Joanie Monroe of Monroe Concessions in Marion, Ind., came up with the concept after learning that this year’s fair is the “Year of Dairy Cows” and will also feature an exhibit on Italy in the International Pavilion. This is the second time the Monroes have won the contest. Their deep-fried chocolate covered strawberries won the inaugural competition in 2006.
“The last time we won it was so much fun seeing all the kids get excited about our food,” said Joanie Monroe. “This year will be great because kids will love the idea of spaghetti ice cream. It’s something people of all ages will like.”
The Indiana State Fair runs Aug. 3-19.