I think we can all agree, that the new foods at the state fair are a highlight of August. The Minnesota State Fair is held August 24th- September 4th, which is just around the corner! The fair boasts one of the best food scenes in the nation, from sweet corn beer to deep fried grilled cheese. For the third year in a row, I was invited with other bloggers to try out some of the new foods from vendors. While last year with totchos and Hawaiian shaved ice were hard to beat, this year had some great new contenders. The Minnesota State Fair will feature six new foods this year and several were delicious. Here are my favorites!
French Onion Pie: Sara’s Tipsy Pies
The crust on this hand pie is perfectly crispy and a delicious compliment to the filling. Think of french onion soup with croutons, with gooey Gouda on the inside.
Blueberry Sweet Corn Eclair: Birchwood Cafe and Minnesota Farmers Union
Normally, I am a chocolate or nothing type of dessert connoisseur. However, the combination of flavors in this Blueberry Sweet Corn Eclair had a great tart and sweet tones that made for a delicious snack. The sweet corn was used in a cream and blueberry was as icing.
Pizzarito- Green Mill
I knew this was a win from just hearing the name. The combination of pizza toppings, spices, and rice was the perfect savory taste. The marinara sauce for dipping is necessary, similar to how you would dunk a calzone.
If you like spicy, Italian flavor, then this sandwich is for you. I am a wuss when it comes to spice and any type of pepper– so even though it wasn’t blazin’ hot, my taste buds were too dull!
Eat, Then Entertainment!
If you’re like me, then food is obviously a huge part of your fair experience. In reality though, there are so many parts to the Minnesota State Fair! At the food event, we also heard from the organizer’s of fair entertainment. Each night of the fair, The Grandstand, holds a concert or some type of entertainment in from of over 10,000 people. From Toby Keith to Garrison Keillor, The Grandstand brings in a variety of well-known names.
Not looking for any extra expenses? There are several free states around the grounds! The Leinie-Lodge Bandshell features musical acts throughout the afternoon and evening everyday. The Schell’s Stage also puts on a West End Sunset concert each night as well.
Lastly, if you’re looking for family-friendly, kid-centered entertainment, the family fair stage at Baldwin Park provides activities such as kids dance, jugglers, and break dancers.
Ultimately, the Minnesota State Fair is a fantastic mix of food, entertainment, and Minnesota pride. If you’ve been to the fair for years, consider giving one of these new foods or one of the new-to-you free stages featuring the next big rock star! If it’s your first time, make sure to show up hungry so you can experience it all!
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. I was invited to try the new Minnesota State Fair foods for free and received a state fair coupon book, but no other compensation was provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.