Happy Tuesday! It is back to school mode here in Minnesota, as this week I’ve put a serious dent in my nagging to-do list for the upcoming semester. I’m covering another professor’s classes while they are on sabbatical, so its basically like prepping as a 1st year prof all over again. joy. More like, anxiety attack. BUT, the good news is that I’m getting my first crack at teaching biochem, a topic which I love but haven’t dusted off for awhile, so it’s a love-hate deal.
Back to school time here in Minnesota, also means another BIG event…The Minnesota State Fair! While I’m used to the Iowa State fair being the first two weeks of August, the MN state fair starts August 27th and runs into September. My friend Alice from Dining with Alice helped co-host an event last week for bloggers to come experience and try out new MN State Fair Foods for 2015, as well as learn about fun activities at the fair for kids.
You didn’t have to ask me to think twice about going to this event, being that a) the food at the state fair is one of my favorite things EVER and b) I pretty much act like a kid at the fair.
I have gone to the Iowa State Fair religiously since I became friends in middle school with my longtime friend, Meredith. I was always going to the fair with her fam for her mom’s involvement entering food competitions, in particular, the pie competitions! In addition to eating all of Lana’s amazing food creations entered in the fair, I started my own ritual of foods that I would eat from the food stands. When I proclaim my love for the Iowa State Fair to my fellow Minnesotans, they tell me that the MN State Fair has even better food.
I am a scientist and a researcher. So my response is, I’ll believe it when I see the evidence.
So i did my first bit of research last week at the food preview!
The MN state fair crew had about 10 new foods we got to try. Even better, the business owners/chefs introduced the products and stories behind them, as well as chat with them while we were gorging ourselves.
There was everything you could think of — totchos (tater tot nachos), cheese stuffed meatloaf on a stick, snickers salad, maple bacon funnel cakes, and salted caramel puffcorn malts are just a few of my favorites.
The winner was Totchos. Can you think of a more glorious food equation than tater tots + nachos? Me neither. I’ll take a gallon full.
I also loved the new salted caramel malt from the Dairy Barn! This event was also focused on getting the word out that there are PLENTY of activities for kids at the state fair. Did you know that “MATH ON A STICK” is a thing? There are several number and alphabet games (on a stick) to keep kids interested in the fair. For example, the numbers game, kids have to go around and find things in groups from 1-20 (so for example, the number 4 could be for 4 legs on a pig or cow in the animal barn).
Also important for families– there is going to be FREE SUNSCREEN available at the fair this year, wahoo!
I don’t know about you but I’m ready for the fair! Huge thanks to the Minnesota State Fair and Alice for putting this together, I had a blast and cannot wait to experience it!