Rodeo season is here and, as always, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brings with it an opportunity to indulge in deep-fried treats, sweet confections and foods on a stick. Whether you’re looking for the weirdest carnival food (last year we tried scorpion topped pizza) or your classic fair favorites (cotton candy, corn dogs and more), the rodeo food vendors have you covered. For a peek of what new foods you’ll find at this year’s show when it opens on March 7, keep reading.
New vendor, Greek Grill, will add falafel-on-a-stick to the already long list of foods on a stick you can find at the Houston rodeo. Located in NRG Arena, Greek Grill will serve gyros, Greek salad, baklava and other Greek staples.
Cool and Sweet
An exciting newcomer this year is Frio’s Gourmet Pops. The Alabama-based popsicle shop with locations in Sugarland and Katy will serve its gourmet popsicles at Rodeo Plaza. With the recent warm temperatures, a refreshing cool treat is a welcome addition.
New On A Stick
Find more on-the-stick goodness at Aunt Edmoes Cookies, who’s debuting bacon-wrapped chocolate chip cookie dough on a stick. Out in the Carnival Midway, the Tater Twisters trailer will serve a spiral fry dog-on-a-stick, and Get Pickled will introduce pickled cheese on a stick, as well as a bacon nutella pickle, which doesn’t come on a stick but is worth a mention.
Deep Fried It is
If you can’t resist the rodeo’s fried foods, there are several new dishes to try. Yoakum Packing Company, a long-time rodeo food vendor with two locations on the grounds, is serving fried BBQ brisket balls. Sills Concessions is adding fried pecan pie to its already well known selection of fried pies. And Spud Ranch, who’s all about potatoes, will serve deep fried baked potato bites.
Turn Up The Heat
Cheetos lovers may want to try Corn Shack’s flaming hot cheetos roaster corn and flaming hot cheetos corn in a cup, two Cheetos-inspired dishes new to this year’s rodeo.
Don’t let that dietary restriction prevent you from enjoying the rodeo. Carnival Confections, the Cypress-based food truck that took three Golden Buckle Foodie Awards last year for its tasty and creative desserts, serves gluten-free funnel cake and gluten-free fried Oreo-style cookie sandwiches. On the savory side, Greek Grill’s mediterranean gyro bowls are a good choice.