Minnesota State Fair fireworks

Favorite foods at the Minnesota State Fair

Fireworks at the Minnesota State Fair
Fireworks at the Minnesota State Fair

Michael and I have gone to the Minnesota State Fair together for the past three years — including one of our first dates! Since it’s time for the fair again (it starts today and ends on Labor Day), we thought we’d share some of our favorite foods that we’ve sampled at the fair in years past.

If you’d like a comprehensive list of all the food at the fair, the fair’s website has a “food finder” (which also includes vendor locations). There are also several new foods making their debut at the fair in 2013. Deep-fried bread pudding or pb&j sundaes, anyone?

One of our favorite foods from last year was the tater dog (pictured below) from the Texas Steak Out (on Underwood St. across from the Little Farm Hands exhibit). This is just one of the many foods at the state fair that is “on-a-stick”. Essentially, it’s a giant hot dog or sausage with a spiral-cut potato wrapped around it. You can choose both your seasoning and choice of sauces. Our verdict? It’s delicious and definitely worth getting again. If you’d prefer just the potato, you could try the tornado potato (optionally dipped in chocolate at Sonny’s Spiral Spuds).

Tater dog with ketchup and bbq sauce
Tater dog with ketchup and bbq sauce at the Minnesota State Fair

We’ve also tried and enjoyed the delicious turkey sandwiches from Turkey To Go — after hearing rave reviews from one of my coworkers. Turkey to Go is located on Clough Avenue (near the DNR building and all-you-can-drink milk stand).

Moving on, I would be remiss in not dedicating a paragraph to deep-fried foods, starting with the cheese curds found on nearly every corner of the fair. We also liked the deep-fried pickles from the Preferred Pickle (next to the Midway, at the corner of Liggett St. and Dan Patch Ave.). They offer original, cajun, and cream cheese flavors — as well as their new-this-year “fried pickles ‘n’ chocolate”. If you’d prefer something (slightly) healthier, we liked the deep-fried fruit on-a-stick (near the grandstand), even though we wished there was more pineapple in it. We’ve also tried the reuben bites from O’Gara’s (pictured below) and the alligator bites from Bayou Bob’s, but they were both rather average.

Reuben bites at the Minnesota State Fair
Reuben bites at the Minnesota State Fair

Our other favorite from last year was the raspberry malt ($5) that we bought from the Dairy Goodness Bar (located in the dairy building). They also serve sundaes, and offer multiple flavors including strawberry, vanilla, and pineapple. We also like the pineapple Dole Whip (it’s a non-dairy dessert that’s similar to soft-serve ice cream) located on Carnes Ave. (near the giant slide).

After three years, we’ve only scratched the surface of all the food to try at the Minnesota State Fair, so we’re sure to find something new and delicious to try this year. Let us know if you have any favorites that we’ve missed!

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