minnesota state fair – food recap

Hi, everyone! I have a short & sweet post for you this week 🙂 I had a fantastic long weekend in Minneapolis/St.Paul for the long holiday weekend celebrating the bachelorette party of one of my best friends from college. On Sunday after all of the festivities wrapped up, I took in one of my favorite events of all-time: The Minnesota State Fair. Both of my parents grew up in Minnesota so when I was growing up we used to go to the fair almost every year as a family to enjoy all of the food, concerts, and animals. Even though I’m born and raised in North Dakota I have actually never been to the North Dakota State Fair because the Minnesota one has my heart ❤


I didn’t get to spend a whole day at the fair like I normally would but I was there for about 4-5 hours which was enough to try a handful of new foods and also enjoy a few of my all-time favorites! I went to the fair with a few friends who ended up being spectacular hand models for all of the pictures you’ll see below! Most of the food really needs no explanation other than the photos but I just wanted to share a short recap and the photos with all of you. I’ll split them up by classics versus new items that I tried!



Pronto pup – This was one of my first stops of the day. A foot-long corndog was the perfect way to start my time at the fair as this is one of the most classic foods out there!


Dairy Barn milkshake – A chocolate milkshake is never a bad idea and this is the best milkshake I’ve ever had. When I would go to the fair with my family growing up we used to go to the dairy barn as our first stop in the morning and get a milkshake for breakfast 🙂 I can’t think of a better way to start the day!


Deep fried Oreos – Oreos on their own are one of the best snack foods/desserts so deep frying them just turns it in to a dangerously delicious game. These are rich so definitely difficult to eat more than a couple of them but it’s the perfect thing to get and share!


Cheese curds – These are a combination of classic and new foods because we got one order of the classic cheese curds but then we also got an order of garlic cheese curds. Flavored cheese curds were new this year – garlic, ranch, and jalapeno. The garlic were great but I think going forward going with the classics might be the best option!


Garlic fries – These fries are a thing of beauty as you can see from the picture. They were a perfect fresh-cut fry and had a healthy amount of garlic to make them extremely flavorful. As you can see the group of us that were together were all about the garlic!

New foods!


Fried pickles – These aren’t a new food to the fair this year but this is the first time I’ve eaten them at the fair and I am SO sad that I’ve waited this long. They were amazing and the perfect breading – and there is nothing that isn’t made better with some ranch for dipping.


Wine-fried Brie – The picture of this isn’t the greatest but at the MN Wine booth they had a very unique selection of wines and hot food. I tried a sip of a wine slushie that was excellent and got to have a couple bites of this wine-fried Brie cheese on a stick. It was delicious but it was very rich so I don’t think I would have been able to have more than a few bites.


Mini donut beer – This beer was by far the most unique thing I had all day! I was skeptical to even try it but it ended up being really great. Life Bridge brewery is the one who created this unique brew. The glass came with mini donut sugar around the rim of the glass. The taste of the beer was spot on with a mini donut but it was subtle and not overly sweet and sugary like I was expecting. It was also nice and refreshing since it was so hot outside!


Grilled peaches – One of the new foods that was on my list that I wasn’t able to get to ended up being something I got that night anyway! I stayed with my cousins at their house in Minneapolis on Sunday evening and they made an amazing supper. One that included grilled peaches stuffed with goat cheese and topped with balsamic and salt & pepper. The sweet flavors of the peach combined with the heartiness of the goat cheese was so unique and delicious. I know this was one of the most popular items at the fair this year so I’ll have to ensure I get one when I’m back to visit again next year.

I wasn’t able to get everything on my food wish list this year but I’m already looking forward to going back again next summer and hopefully being able to spend a full day there trying a lot of new things! As always, thanks so much for reading and following a long with me. I hope all of you had a great Labor Day weekend and if you’ve never been to the MN State Fair I hope you’ll consider checking it out next year – it really is the Great Minnesota Get Together 🙂


xoxo Jen


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