Minnesota State Fair food is more than cheese curds


BELMONT, NC (NewsNation Now) In the fair food world, this unique type of food is found almost exclusively where the screams of the whirling rides and the cries of the midway carnies form the backdrop for all the interactions. , the two tall temples are the Texas State Fair and the Minnesota State Fair. Taking place roughly a month apart, they are perpetually the top two shows in terms of attendance, with Texas having a quarter-million-visitor advantage in 2019, according to TripTrivia.com.

While the rides are certainly fun, the halfway games are a great way to spend a lot of money real quick to win a Hawaiian sunset colored giraffe and the herding shows are always entertaining, the true aficionados of the fair are there for the food.

The biggest MSF crowds are probably around the stands of Sweet Martha’s Cookies, where there are buckets of freshly made chocolate chip cookies (with or without milk). I’m going to call myself a heretic here by saying I’m not really sure why all this hubbub is. The cookies tasted like pretty standard Toll House cookies and ended up rather wrapped in the bucket.

On the other hand, the rest of the map is definitely to be found. You might think you’ve eaten fried cheese curds before, but you haven’t lived until you get a cool cardboard tray from the deep fryer and sit on a sidewalk for devour them. It’s just the way God wanted them to be consumed. If you’re looking for a shake, grab a cup of Swedish egg coffee. Yes, the name is off-putting, but Andrew Zimmern praised it on an episode of “Bizarre Foods: America”, so it must be good. (It’s actually quite tasty, if a bit odd.)

Of course, there is great excitement every year around all the new foods. One of the most eye-catching this year is the Buffalo Chicken Donut, described as “chewy cookie-style donuts stuffed with grated chicken, glazed with a sweet and spicy buffalo glaze and topped with crispy pieces of bacon.”

Showing the classic tendency to take any ethnic food and turn it into Minnesota, you’ll find a “Banh Minn Bun,” which consists of a sausage in a baguette roll with classic banh mi toppings. If you like fair trade food that you’ll eat with your little finger extended, try the Sidecar Sandwich, described as “Thick bacon infused with brandy topped with Cointreau and citrus marmalade, topped with melted havarti, smoked gouda and aged cheddar cheese. , served on toasted sourdough bread and garnished with fresh orange slices.

The new sugary treats will raise your blood sugar just by reading them, and of course there are new variations on cheese curds and even a vegan chorizo ​​corn dog… the concept of which makes my brain a little bit painful. .

Once you’ve had your fill, be sure to pick a vehicle that won’t bring you all up: the SkyGlider. This lazy aerial tram will take you the full length of the park and give you the opportunity to plan your next food run. Make sure to look down as you ride to see the range of socks, shirts, hats, and underwear thrown by old runners from the pit roofs below. The display, of course, gets more and more amazing as the fair goes on.

By the time the SkyGlider lands, you’ll probably be ready for another little snack. Choose well!

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