MN State Fair New Foods 2014

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Friends, check this out, I was at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair before it even opened! I feel like such a lucky girl-not only did I get to check out some of the new exhibits, I got to sample some of the new 2014 State Fair Foods. I know you share in my passion and love for the Fair, I posted a picture of the foods I sampled and you went wild.  So here for you is a sneak peek at some of the new foods you’ll find at the fair this year and my review.

2014 New State Fair Foods

1.
Food: Pizza Tots
What is it: These handmade pizza tots combine sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, seasonings and hash browns, and they are then dusted with Parmesan cheese and served with a side of pizza sauce.
Where to get it: Green Mill (West of the Family Fair Stage in Baldwin Park)
What I love: I remember drooling over these when the new fair food list was released.  Tater tots are on my favorite comfort foods list and oooh these are good, I even snuck some back to the office for my boss to try. A perfect blend of meaty pizza goodness and the comfort of buttery crisp tater tots. Green Mill, will you please put these on your regular menu?!?
2.
Food: Jello Salad Ice Cream
What is it: Inspired by the classic Minnesota potluck dessert (and served in church dining halls everywhere), this jello salad treat features a sweet cream base flavored with fresh lime juice, swirled with cranberry sauce and blended with marshmallows dipped in marshmallow crème.
Where to get it: Hamline Church Dining Hall (on Dan Patch Ave. near the Visitors Plaza)
What I love: This is the most “Minnesotan” food on the new foods list and do I love it? You betcha. Just like the Jello “salad” this ice cream offers a sweet creamy goodness complete with pops of mini marshmallows. Don’t just stop for dessert, the Hamline Church serves up some awesome meals, we love taking our family here for a moment of zen amid the chaos.
3.
Food: Iron Range Pierogies
What is it: An authentic Polish favorite, these deep-fried dumplings are stuffed with potatoes and cheddar cheese, topped with crispy onion strings and served with a zingy horsey sauce.
Where to get it: The Blue Barn (at the new West End Market)
What I love: Deep-fried dumplings-you had me at deep-fried. Well actually you had me at horsey sauce. I love these and plan to double-fist with the Blue Cheese and Corn Fritz-also being served at the Blue Barn this year.
4.
Food:Deep-Fried Lobster On-A-Stick
What is it:Canadian lobster pieces poached in butter, dipped in a corn batter, deep-fried and served with a spiced dipping sauce.
Where to get it: LuLu’s Public House
What I love: I’ve been made fun of by my in-laws far too many times about the way I crack my lobster. No more ridicule for this lobster-loving Minnesota girl! Fear not poor lobster crackers! No need to crack or peel, here we have a delicious juicy lobster tucked in a blanket of deep-fried goodness. If you are looking for me during the fair, you will find me on the deck of LuLu’s Public House eating this lobster and drinking a beer slushy-yes you read that right, start packing your state fair bags now!
5.
Food: Caribbean-Style Lobster Roll
What is it: Chilled lobster salad tossed in a citrus chipotle mayo seasoned with Caribbean flavors — including cayenne pepper, allspice and nutmeg — served on a soft buttered and grilled roll.
Where to get it: Cafe Caribe (on Carnes Ave. near Chambers St.)
What I love: Being married to a New Englander, I have been educated in the proper consistency of a lobsta roll. You have to have the right amount of the mayo and the bread toasting is key. Minnesotans get your mouths ready, this is it-this is what a lobsta roll should be.
6.
Food: Rustic Stuffed Scone
What is it: A savory, Parmesan-crusted, baked butter scone stuffed with all natural ham, Swiss, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, and a creamy house-made béchamel sauce.
Where to get it: French Meadow Bakery (on Carnes Avenue between Underwood St. and Nelson St.)
What I love: A buttery baked good stuffed with ham, cheese and béchamel sauce, yes please. Don’t just eat this for breakfast, you need this for brinner. Also, I learned they have a machine that is made for stuffing scones, that is amazing and I want to borrow it.
7.
Food: PB & J French Toast
What is it:The ever-popular peanut butter & jelly sandwich is fused with French toast, then sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with your choice of ham, bacon or sausage.
Where to get it: Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall (on Underwood St. next to FAN Central)
What I love: A simple kid’s sandwich gets a serious makeover here, folks.  This gooey sandwich was delicious and this isn’t just for the kids, adults make this a must-stop on your fair list. P.S. It comes with bacon, I think I might just peel open the sandwich and pop that inside!

I know this has you super pumped for the Fair, right? Ok, well hold onto your cowboy boots-I have an amazing giveaway for you! I’m giving one reader 2 tickets to the Tim McGraw Grandstand Concert (August 27, 2014) and 2 Minnesota State Fair Admission tickets. Follow the Rafflecopter directions and for a comment entry, tell me your about your favorite concert or a concert you saw at the Minnesota State Fair!

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A big thank you to Chris Noonan and the Minnesota State Fair for the opportunity to try the new foods and check out the State Fair before it opened.  I attended the sneak peek with an amazing group talented Minnesota women who love blogging and the Minnesota State Fair. Check out their blogs and support these awesome Minnesota Mamas:

37 thoughts on “MN State Fair New Foods 2014

  1. I only have been to one show at the State Fair and I was young – don’t laugh, but it was really good – Willie Nelson!!

  2. My first date was a Tim McGraw concert at the State Fair when I was 14! 2 suburban kids getting special permission to stay out late, and we missed our regular bus and had to walk down Snelling to catch a city bus off Snelling and Uni at midnight. It was quite the adventure! !
    That guy is still a very good (and very gay) friend of mine! How fun would it be to go back almost 20 years later! !??

  3. I LOVE the fair and before kids we went every year. It’s over my birthday and my parents once took us for my gift and I fell in love.
    I get too nervous to try new food so this is fantastic. The pizza tots look great and sound perfect with their garlic fries.

  4. I haven’t been to a concert at the State Fair, but I’ve seen Counting Crows twice and they put on a great show!

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  6. I’ve never been to a Grandstand concert, but I have heard them start playing a few times when we’ve been there late in enough in the day, I seem to remember Trisha Yearwood way back in the day!

  7. I saw Brandie Carlile a couple years ago, love her! My husband & I saw Tim McGraw a LONG time ago, if would be fun to see him again!!

  8. I saw Miranda Lambert and she rocked it! I had a herniated disc at the time (still do!) so I couldn’t get up and dance like I wanted to, but it will still a great time! My hubby is a Tim McGraw look-a-like (honest to gosh – ppl stop us all.the.time!) and we’ve seen him many times, but would LOVE to see him again. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. My very first concert was at the MN State Fair. It was the Steve Miller Band. I’ve been hooked on the concert scene ever since!

  10. Can’t wait to try some of the new foods. I make homemade ice cream and this jello salad one I might have to figure out! I saw Captain and Tennille in 1973. I begged my parents to let me stay go to the concert and come home on my own. They agreed but I had to let my brother stay too. Date with brother at Capatain and Tennille Grandstand concert = priceless!

  11. Well I am packing my bags for the fair right now. I will be in MN next Friday and will be going to the fair twice while I’m there. Can’t wait!

  12. I saw George Strait at the Iowa State Fair (I’m from IA). Not my usual genre, but it was with my grandpa and he loved it & I have fond memories.

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  14. I haven’t been to a concert at the State Fair in a long time, but I did see Santana/Bob Dylan there many years ago. It was a great show.

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