Florida State Fair's Tampa Cuban funnel cake sandwich among new, weird food offerings coming next month

Key lime pie is getting fried, too.

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click to enlarge The 2023 Florida State Fair's Tampa Cuban funnel cake sandwich. - c/o Press Marketing
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The 2023 Florida State Fair's Tampa Cuban funnel cake sandwich.
Well, there won't be a pickle pizza controversy this year, but the food lineup for the 2023 Florida State Fair is here and there's at least one controversial item to debate.

It's unclear why it took so long to come up with, but the classic Tampa Cuban is getting a remix when the fair puts its insides—ham, roast pork, salami, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard—between two funnel cakes topped with doughnut glaze. I mean, just look at that thing.

Another very-Florida food, Key lime pie, gets some attention thanks to a fried version featuring Key lime pie filling, graham crackers and buttercream frosting atop mini donuts, but the rest of the new additions are pretty familiar. See a list of Florida State Fair's new food options for 2023, as described in a press release, below.

The Florida State Fair happens Feb. 9-20 at the Florida State Fairground in Tampa. Gates open at 11 a.m., and tickets are $6-$10 with ride and fast pass options starting at $20.
  • The Walkin' Nacho Dog Combine a classic hotdog with nacho toppings to satisfy all salty and savory cravings.
  • Mexican Street Corn Sundae Top fresh cut fries with chile con queso, sweet corn, cilantro lime crema, crushed corn chips and cheese and more!
  • Fried Key Lime Pie How do you incorporate the classic flavors of a key lime pie into a fair-centric dessert? Pile key lime pie filling, graham crackers and buttercream frosting atop mini donuts.
  • Tampa Cuban Funnel Cake Sandwich Made just for the Florida State Fair! Place the contents of a traditional cuban between two funnel cakes and top with a donut glaze for the ultimate Tampa X Fair creation!

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