Top things to eat and drink at the North Texas Fair and Rodeo
Planning a trip to Denton to experience the North Texas Fair and Rodeo? Of all the thrills found at the NTFR, one of the biggest attractions every year has been the food. Fried, grilled, or baked, the fair has a tradition of offering the best fair food in north Texas!
Make sure you check out this itinerary for the best way to eat and drink your way through the fair weekend.
Here’s what’s cooking!
EVENING | Day one of the fair begins at 5:30 PM. Grab dinner at McKinney Corn Dog and then quickly head over to the Cool Zone Revolver stage to catch Colton Rice, Hayden Hilliard, and Tyler Bond (Friday, August 18) or Ryder Grimes (Friday, August 25).
After enjoying the live music, grab a snow cone from Blake’s Snow Shack! These are world-famous Snow Cones from Sanger's youngest biz owner, Blake, and Texas' first with Down Syndrome. With close to 40 flavors and unlimited combinations, these snow cones will keep you cool in the Texas heat. Blake’s Snow Shack is located in the rodeo area where you can check out the PRCA Rodeo in the Coors Rodeo Arena at 7:30 PM.
Rodeo not your style? Enjoy another sweet treat from Stubby Cinnamon Rolls before heading over to the Miller Light Stage at 9:30 PM to catch a live performances from Aaron Watson and The Great Divide (Friday, August 18) or Reckless Kelly (Friday, August 25).
MORNING | After a good night's sleep at NTFR’s host hotel Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center, enjoy their complimentary breakfast and a swim in their outdoor pool. Take it easy as you wait for NTFR to open their gates at 1 PM
AFTERNOON | Enjoy a late lunch on the fairgrounds from Ms. Piggy's Catering in the Midway. This place is a cajun haven! Menu items include Shrimp & Catfish Po-Boys, Bayou Balls, Crawfish Mini Pies, and Beignets. Order one of each, and have yourself a feast!
Wander the Midway and check out the carnival area where there is a large array of kiddie rides and old traditionals. Take a ride on the Kamikaze, Scorpion, and Starship 2000. If you’re not into high thrill rides, take time to enjoy the carousel or ferris wheel.
Thirsty? Enjoy an all-natural tea, lemonade, or soda from Pecos Pete’s. Based in Dripping Springs, Texas, they have seventeen flavors on tap, including Sweetwater Sarsaparilla, Hill Country Unsweet Tea, and Hutto Huckleberry.
While sipping on your soda, test your skills at challenging midway games. Skeeball anyone?
EVENING | Scotty McCreery (Saturday, August 19) or Tracy Lawrence (Saturday, August 26) take the stage at 9:30 PM giving you plenty of time to grab dinner and dessert from one of the many delicious vendors. Bobby’s Fajitas serves up beef and chicken fajita burritos and quesadillas.
Grab a cone or sundae from Beth Marie's Old Fashioned Ice Cream. Their handmade ice cream is classified "premium quality" and contains 14% butterfat. New flavors are created regularly, so stop by their space inside the building to check out what flavors they are serving up at the moment.
The fair closes at 1 AM, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a few more snacks or head off the fairgrounds to check out some of the other nightlife Denton has to offer.
AFTERNOON | The fair gates open at 1 PM. Check out the livestock shows and the contests. Creative arts, photography, canning, and baking are just a few of the categories on display. Snack on some gourmet Mac & Cheese from Smackin Mac or some jerky from Koots Jerky. Their hickory-smoked jerky is hand-cut and uses the finest ingredients. Flavors include Ghost Pepper, Cayenne, Black Pepper, Teriyaki, Jalapeno, and Regular. Or try some roasted corn on the cob and street corn at Family Corn.
EVENING | Craving late-night snack? Stop by Happy's Sip and Dip to grab an iced coffee, cream sodas, a sandwich, or one of their fun deserts.
THE REST OF THE WEEK | The NTFR runs August 18 through the 26th, so there is more to do than just opening weekend. If you find yourself in Denton mid-week, be sure to check out the other live music acts like Kody West (Wednesday, August 23) and Gary Allan and Jarrod Morris (Thursday, August 24 at 9:30 PM).
For a full calendar of NTFR events, check out their website ntfair.com/events.
Hungry for more? Denton has tons of options to keep your belly full over the Fair week. Check out our full list of restaurants, bars, and breweries here.