It happened. It is here: the preview list of New Minnesota State Fair Foods by 2021.
Yes, those of us who identify as MNSF on our Meyers-Briggs are registering off the charts today, and I won’t apologize for that. I’ve been looking forward to New Food Day for many, many days. Much. Because it’s the thrill of discovery, the sadness of the fat, the struggle for the bulge and the pure, unadulterated joy that comes with a really well-played fried bite that you put your teeth off a stick under the hot August sun among a few a hundred thousand of your closest (and that’s a nearness value) pals.
If you have feelings for the crazy nature of the “stunt food” options, just remember: the Pronto Pup was once a stunt food. It was a crazy option in 1947, the first year after the fair was canceled twice (War ’45, Polio ’46). Maybe this year’s stunt food is the next generation’s Pronto Pup?
So here is your list of the officially sanctioned new foods that Bonus Foods (TM) are not included. like the Piggy Pops of the Frontier Saloon screaming sidewayswhich will be added to their list by the vendors before the opening day. Let’s be clear that on DAY FIRST as the MSP food team we will be out there to eat them all so you don’t have to.
Banh Minn Bun and Banh Minn Bowl: Asian-inspired sausage in a crispy French baguette with Sister’s Sriracha sauce, shredded and pickled carrots, radish, chopped jalapeño and a sprig of fresh coriander. The bunless bowl starts with a five-grain mixture and is topped with grated and pickled carrots, radish, Asian coleslaw, chopped jalapeño, sausage slices, coriander and a dash of Sister’s Sriracha sauce. At Sausage Sister & Me, in the Food Building, east wall
Bison Bites: A North Woods spin on ravioli with ground bison, braised fennel, portobello mushrooms and fresh basil, coated in classic egg batter, deep-fried and served with a sweet bourbon sauce with a little kick. At Giggles’ Campfire Grill on the southeast corner of Lee Avenue & Cooper Street in The North Woods
Blue Raspberry Blitzed: Traditional hand cake, filled with a raspberry, blueberry and apple mixture, enriched with UV Blue Vodka and topped with cotton candy. At Sara’s Tipsy Pies in the Food Building, south wall
Buffalo Chicken Doughscuit: Fluffy biscuit-style donuts, filled with shredded chicken, glazed with a sweet and spicy buffalo glaze and garnished with crispy pieces of bacon. In The Blue Barn at West End Market, just south of the History & Heritage Center Heritage
Caramelized Banana Pudding: Layers of homemade custard, fresh bananas, toasted nilla waffles, caramelized crispy cereals with cocoa, caramel sauce, and fresh whipped cream. At the Blue Moon Dine-In Theater, on the northeast corner of Carnes Avenue & Chambers Street
Cracklin Prime Nachos: Deep-fried chicharrón covered with prime ribs, ¡Que Bueno! Nacho cheese, pico de gallo and spring onion slices. At Coasters, on the southeast corner of Carnes Avenue & Liggett Street
Cucumber Jalapeño Limeade: Limeade made from juiced Minnesota-grown cucumber and jalapeño syrup, served with a slice of cucumber. At the Farmers Union Coffee Shop on the north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Cooper Street and Cosgrove Street
Dual Berry Shortcake: Strawberries and blueberries over a sugar-coated Betty & Earl’s biscuit, garnished with whipped cream and balsamic glaze. In LuLu’s Public House on West End Market, south of the Schilling Amphitheater
Esquites: Mexican street corn from the rack with mayonnaise, cotija cheese and pequin chilli powder (September 1-6 only). Located in Midtown Global Market’s Los Ocampo, located at the Taste of the Midtown Global Market booth on the International Bazaar, east wall
Fudge & Fruit: Fresh strawberries and fudge brownies dipped in wine-infused dark chocolate, drizzled with wine-infused white chocolate, and served on a stick. In the Minnesota Wine Country, on the west side of Underwood Street between Carnes & Judson Avenues
Greek filled ravioli: Mediterranean dough filled with cream cheese, tzatziki sauce, mozzarella cheese, peperoncini, tomato, gyro meat and Dino’s Greek spice, deep-fried and drizzled with toasted garlic butter. At Dino’s Gyros, on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood Streets
Island Hopper: Hollowed half pineapple filled with grilled chicken, glazed with teriyaki sauce and served with steaming white rice and pineapple pieces, topped with spring onions and sesame seeds. In the hangar, at the North End, in the southwest section
Kerala Fried Chicken Kati Roll: Marinated, breaded and fried chicken tenders in paratha (layered flatbread) with chutneys and coleslaw. At Hot Indian, in the Food Building, east wall
La Floretta: Oven-roasted cauliflower florets, seasoned with herbs and spices from the Iron Range, served with Calabrian sweet chili sauce. (Gluten-free, vegan) At Mancini’s al Fresco, on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood Streets
The Naughty Biscuit: Smoked pork belly with beer and cheese sauce, rocket, pickled red onions and candied jalapeños, served on a buttermilk biscuit. At RC’s BBQ on the north side of West Dan Patch Avenue between Liggett & Chambers Streets
Nordic Waffles – Chicken & Macaroni Nordic Waffle and I-Scream Waffle Sandwich: Two new, freshly prepared waffle wraps: A southern-fried, spicy chicken and cheesy macaroni, rounded off with a dash of honey on a warm Nordic waffle; and a classic ice cream biscuit sandwich, crispy kettle corn and chocolate drizzle dusted with sprinkles, all wrapped in a Nordic waffle. At Nordic Waffles, in the West End Market, southern section
Paneer Pakora: Spiced paneer cheese cubes deep-fried in a gluten-free batter and served with tomato butter. (Gluten-free, vegan) At Hot Indian, in the Food Building, east wall
Pizza Lucy: Sausage patties with pizza sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella, filled in homemade Green Mill pizza dough and topped with Italian spices, cheese and crumbled pepperoni. At Green Mill, on the east side of Cooper Street between Randall & Wright Avenues, at the Family Fair in Baldwin Park
Sidecar sandwich: thickly sliced bacon enriched with cognac, poured with Cointreau and citrus jam, layered with melted Havarti, smoked Gouda cheese and aged cheddar, served on toasted sourdough bread and garnished with fresh orange slices. In The Hideaway Speakeasy, in the veranda, upper level of the grandstand, northwest section
S’Mores Funnel Cake: Graham cracker funnel cake with marshmallow, milk chocolate pieces and other graham cracker pieces. At Funnel Cakes in the Food Building, east wall
Spufull Puff: Sweet potato puree mixed with sweetened cream cheese, then wrapped in batter and fried. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar and served with maple dipping sauce on the side. At Potato Man & Sweety, on the west side of Liggett Street between Carnes & Judson Avenues
Waffle Burger: A quarter pound bacon cheeseburger served between two maple-infused candied sweet crunch waffles with a side of maple syrup. At Andy’s Grille, on the south side of Carnes Avenue between Chambers Street and Nelson Street
ChoriPop: Chorizo from The Herbivorous Butcher dipped in a classic corndog batter, fried on a stick with either avocado salsa or mole sauce, which is drizzled on top or on the side. Served with Mexican BBQ chips. (Vegan) (August 26th-31st only). In Andy’s garage at Midtown Global Market, located at the Taste of the Midtown Global Market booth in the International Bazaar on the east wall
Jumbo Donut Sundae: A huge, frozen, yeast-baked donut, available in a variety of flavors, topped with vanilla soft ice cream, hot fudge, and a mix of sprinkles. At Fluffy’s Hand Cut Donuts, between West Dan Patch and Carnes Avenue and Liggett & Chambers Street
Sashimi Tuna Tacos: Crispy wonton bowls filled with ahi tuna, avocado and sesame soy. Thai coleslaw with peanut dressing, pickled ginger and wasabi as a side dish. At Scenic 61 by New Scenic Café, on the east side of Underwood Street between Lee & Randall Avenues, south of Little Farm Hands
Summer Lakes Beverages in 3 varieties (Wedge-Hammer, Lake Storm Lemonade and Bama! Lemon Sweet Tea): These 2021 State Fair exclusive mocktails are all gluten-free and vegan. At Summer Lakes Beverage, on the east side of Underwood Street between Lee & Randall Avenues, south of Little Farm Hands
Hot Indian isn’t new, but they now have a permanent full-time position in the Food Building!
What we are excited about!
+ Steph’s Top 3 Most Exciting Fors:
- Giggles bison bites: They pull it off and always give us something unexpected AND delicious, that sounds delicious with a cold beer.
- The cheeky cookie from RC’s: It feels like a cookie story we’re telling this year, at least three on the list so far! Not crazy that this one has smoked pork belly and beer cheese sauce.
- The Spufull Puff by Potato Man & Sweety: Sweet potato pancakes? So easy, so ready for it.
+ Dara’s top 3 can hardly wait:
This fair feels very emotional after taking a year off for the first time in my life … I got a little emotional when I saw the new grocery list, it means so much hope for all these salespeople and fun for all of us. But that was then. Let the brutal judgments and the horse race begin !! My top selection to click:
- The caramelized banana pudding at Blue Moon: The Blue Moon Diner always does a good job with the sweets, and fresh bananas and homemade pudding sound absolutely summery breakfast dreams. What? It has fruits! Breakfast.
- Kerala Fried Chicken Kati Roll: Hot Indian has a booth in the Food Building ??? As this is one of the best foods at the show, I couldn’t be more excited that the Indian grocery brand has a brand new booth of its own for future-healthy and entertaining foods. This roast chicken roll sounds crispy, flavorful and made to take away – smart.
- Sashimi Tuna Tacos: I wrote a really big deal in the magazine about the wonder that the New Scenic Café’s Airstream trailer is taking the place of the restaurant in the parking lot of the legendary Lake Superior restaurant north of Duluth for the time being. The restaurant’s tuna tacos are their California fare, crisp and fresh, but I’m just as excited to see what else they bring from the North Shore.