Top Tasty Treats Win at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Gold Buckle Foodie Awards

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/7/2014, 6:23 a.m.
Food vendors at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo offered up their best entries in hopes of winning a title ...

Food vendors at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo offered up their best entries in hopes of winning a title in the sixth annual Gold Buckle Foodie Awards.

With knives and forks in hand, and napkins tucked into their shirts, local media members and other celebrities judged entries ranging from fried food originals to creative desserts at the Statoil Stars Over Texas Stage.

“I take lots of notes so I remember how good the food was when I go into a food coma,” said Michael Maddux, a writer with the Show’s “Bowlegged H” magazine.

As the tasting got under way, Ivan, of Houston radio station HOT 95.7, was overwhelmed with all of the food. “It all looks so good, I do not want to share,” he said.

The winning vendors received a plaque, a ribbon, a $100 Rodeo Merchandise gift certificate and the right to call themselves a 2014 Gold Buckle Foodie Award champion.

Best Breakfast Food: Stubby’s Cinnamon Rolls – Big Stone breakfast sandwich Best Value Food: Triple J’s Smokehouse – baked potato with chopped beef, sausage and ribs Best Food-on-a-Stick: Saltgrass Steak House – grilled chicken kabob Classic Fair Food: Saltgrass Steak House – pulled pork-stuffed baked potato Most Creative Food: Custom Confections – Lemon Cream Frosty Bite Best Fried Food: Kettle Korn of Texas – fried pie Best New Flavor: Stubby’s Cinnamon Rolls – cinnamon roll pancakes Best Dessert: Aunt Edmoe’s – cookie dough parfait

Rodeo visitors who enjoy the winning treats can get the “I Ate All Eight” punch card to accumulate punches and redeem for prizes at the Social Station, located in the lobby of Reliant Center, Hall D. For two punches, participants receive a pin, for five punches a koozie, and for all eight, a T–shirt.

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