Bring Favorite Fair Foods Back Home!

Many people have admitted that their favorite part of the Iowa State Fair is the variety of wonderful food on display in the Elwell Family Food Center. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have many of those ribbon-winning foods year round? 

Lucky for you, the Blue Ribbon Foundation is selling the 22nd Edition Iowa State Fair Cookbook and it is available for pre-order now. All of the pre-orders will be shipped to your home. You can also purchase the cookbook at our merchandise booths at this year’s Fair. Don’t miss this opportunity to impress others with your baking or make a delicious meal for your family!

These one-of-a-kind cookbooks include prize-winning recipes from the 2022 and 2023 Iowa State Fairs. These include appetizers, snacks, side dishes, main dishes, breads, desserts, and more! For only $20, you can become a pro in the kitchen, while also helping the Blue Ribbon Foundation’s mission of preserving the historic Fairgrounds. 

The Iowa State Fair is proud that it hosts one of the largest food departments with more than 700 classes and hundreds of individual entries. Thanks to a generous donation from the Elwell Family, the Elwell Family Food Center was created in 2007.  This is just one example of the work that continues to be done on the Fairgrounds so that many can enjoy the Fair each year. Please see a picture of the before and after of the building below.


More delicious news to share! Eileen Gannon is well-known in the Iowa State Fair Food Department for winning countless ribbons for her desserts. The Blue Ribbon Foundation is excited to partner with Eileen and her company, Sunday Night, to sell Eileen’s prize-winning Chocolate Premium Dessert Sauce at our merchandise booths during the Fair. This delicious sauce has received recognition all over the nation and has won the prestigious Gold Award in Dessert Toppings at SFA’s 2024 sofi™ Awards. Do not miss your chance to try this and find the best way to incorporate it into your favorite desserts! 

To order a cookbook, please use the attached Order Form. In addition, you can order or learn more about the other food opportunities above by calling us at (515) 262-3111 Ext. 371 or stopping by the office. Don’t miss out- these foods are just waiting to be made in your kitchen at home! Please enjoy pictures of some past cookbooks below.


      - Jayce Reed, Business Relations Intern