The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has opened its doors bringing with it the once-a-year opportunity to indulge in decadent deep-fried treats and food on a stick. With more than 90 food vendors throughout the grounds, you’ll have plenty to choose from. From over-the-top concoctions to classic carnival favorites, there’s something for every taste. You can never go wrong with turkey legs and funnel cakes, but read for what new foods to try this year at the rodeo.


If you’ve ever been to Traders Village Flea Market, you may have come across Fruteria Cano. This Mexican frutería sells fresh fruit in a cup with chili and lemon, fruit on a stick, mangonadas (a fresh mango slushie), fruit smoothies, and more!


What’s better than pie? Fried pie. Look for Minneapolis-based Minneapple Pie’s concession stand and order up your deep-fried pie. Handmade with fresh ingredients, the pies come in three flavors: apple, pumpkin and chocolate. The Minnepumpkin Pie won the Gold Buckle Foodie award for Best Fried Food this year, so that may be a good one to start with. Make it even more delicious by adding a scoop of vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.


Food on a stick can be found all around the rodeo. This year, make sure you stop at Sudie’s Catfish House to taste this year’s winning Gold Buckle Foodie dish in the food on a stick category: fried bread pudding on a stick drizzled with Kentucky bourbon sauce and caramel. Yum!


Out on the Carnival Midway, Get Fried will dish out fresh cut fries that you can top with a variety of toppings including, garlic, truffle oil, and chili and cheese. Not in the mood for fries? This rodeo newcomer is also serving chicken on a stick, Fruity Pebbles shrimp on a stick, beef kabobs and fresh squeezed lemonade.


Indulge in cookies by the bucket, giant ice cream sandwiches and dippers cups of cookies with hand-dipped ice cream topped with chocolate or caramel syrups at Totally Baked Cookie Joint, a newcomer to this year’s rodeo. Cookie flavors include chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin and macadamia nut. Also on the menu: ice cold milk, coffee and Frappuccino.


You’ll find many foods in a cup at the Houston Rodeo. This year Go Tejano Diner debuts elote en vaso (corn in a cup) with all the delicious toppings – mayo, butter, cheese, chili powder, lemon – that make this Mexican-style treat mouth wateringly delicious. Enjoy it with a plate of street tacos.


Watching what you eat isn’t easy to do at the rodeo, but hey it’s only once a year. If you want to indulge in one thing, head over to Fried What! This popular rodeo concession always has crazy new fried foods to share. This year, their bacon-wrapped, deep-fried cinnamon rolls earned top honors with the Most Creative Food Gold Buckle Foodie award.

See the full list of rodeo dining vendors here.