We’re a little over a day away from the Minnesota State Fair starting and I am so excited. As always there will be a ton of food to eat – the old favorites, and of course the 31 NEW FOODS at the fair this year.
A week ago myself and a great group of local bloggers were invited to try FIVE of these new foods and I am excited to share them with you all.
Brown Ale and Onion-Gouda Tipsy Pie
Onions caramelized in Lift Bridge Brewery’s Chestnut Hill Brown Ale with smoked Gouda cheese, baked in a pie crust, topped with an onion sugar and drizzled with a sweet beer glaze.
At Sara’s Tipsy Pies in the Food Building, south wall. This was my first Tipsy Pie and while I am not a huge onion fan, it was very tasty and I look forward to trying their other Tipsy Pies at the fair too.
Cream cheese dip with crab meat, green onions, fresh red pepper and water chestnuts, served with whole wheat flatbread crackers.
At The Hideaway Speakeasy in the Veranda, Grandstand upper level, northwest section. A mixture of ingredients that come together perfectly to create a decadent, up scale, meal you’ll love.
Be sure to mix in the other items on their brand new menu as The Hideaway Speakeasy is 1 of the 5 new vendors at the fair this year. I have heard that their Cotton Candy Bubble Trouble is going to be the new GO TO drink of the fair this year.
Flour tortilla filled with pepperoni, Italian sausage, risotto, mozzarella and marinara, coated with garlic butter, parmesan and Italian spices, baked and served with a side of marinara.
At Green Mill on the east side of Cooper St. between Randall & Wright avenues, at Family Fair at Baldwin Park. I don’t usually care much for pepperoni but I can tell you with complete certainty the Pizzarito will satisfy your taste buds and have you wanting more. I absolutely loved it.
Sweet Corn Blueberry Eclair
Kernza® flour éclair filled with sweet corn pastry cream and topped with blueberry glaze.
At Farmers Union Coffee Shop on the north side of Dan Patch Ave. between Cooper & Cosgrove streets. The Sweet Corn Blueberry Eclair is made with Kernza® flour and local, organic ingredients, by Birchwood Cafe. When I first heard of a sweet corn pastry cream I was a little taken aback. However, I am happy to report it was delicious, different, but delicious.
Italian Bomba Sandwich
Beer-braised pork shoulder with prosciutto cotto ham, fontina cheese, giardiniera (Italian relish) and aioli on a grilled ciabatta roll.
At Mancini’s al Fresco on the north side of Carnes Ave. between Nelson & Underwood streets. This is a definite spin on a sandwich I’ve never had before, and while the relish was a little strong for me (I have a very limited palette), I am thinking a lot of people are going to love it.
The only question left is this – what will YOUR fair favorite be this year? Be sure to come back and let me know, I’d also love your thoughts on the items above.
Remember the Minnesota State Fair runs August 24th through September 4th.
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.