“Do you have a super creative product and a seasoned history of serving folks by the masses? Then we’re looking for you!” the recent statement reads. “The Fair takes pride in offering something for everyone and we’re always looking to diversify and expand by adding new businesses to the annual lineup. Applications are currently open at BigTex.com.”
The Fair strongly advises applicants have big event experience because they see more than 2.4 million guests roll through their gates in just 24 days. And no one likes waiting in a line for hours for a corn dog – or do they?
Last year the State Fair of Texas was canceled because of the pandemic, and while we all bemoaned not being able to indulge in the exotic creations found there, the news was devastating for vendors and crews who rely on the month-long event as a sometimes sole source of income.
In terms of applying to fried-food madness, Big Tex and company are looking for vendors who, in addition to understanding how to maintain the perfect temperature of peanut oil, can take a gourmet regional food and give it a Texas twist. (Fried poutine with brisket!) And rain or shine, it’s all hands on deck for 24 days straight.
And it’s not cheap: the typical upfront minimum investment for food vendors is $5,000. Creating dishes quickly and efficiently is also important. Here are a few other things to expect if you decide to apply for the Fair.