The Minnesota State Fair is like my Halloween.
Halloween is like my 12 days of Christmas.
Christmas is like my Christmas?
I look forward to the fair all year, but now that we have young kids, we have to make the most of a short visit.
The best time to go to the fair is early in the morning on the very first day.
This year we could take the day off – I’m usually the most excited person at work for the fair -and the only one who takes a day off to go on opening day. I’m like a Disney Adult but with the state fair.
I was determined to try a few new foods, even with the two little ones in tow. The new food list this year looked pretty exciting. I tried to make a list. But with little kids, you never know how the visit will actually go.
Sometimes you have to go with the flow – for example, I had brought them to the Mall of America the other day. Of course they had hangry meltdowns and we ended up at the restaurant with the shortest line instead of the best food which is how I spent $27 on a meal at A&W
Today we did try a few new foods, including one that was so disgusting I almost got sick, plus most of our favorite classics:
The best holidays are The Minnesota State Fair and Halloween.
To be honest, I wasn’t super drawn to the new list of new fair foods this year.
I know deep fried things on sticks aren’t light fare, but a lot of the items seemed to be very heavy like grilled sandwiches, foods that could either be very good or very bad (al pastor waffle, lahmucan) or boring (fried feta bites, boneless wings, or “build your own burger.”
Build your own burger as a new vendor? lol come on.
This year, we’re following the same philosophy as we dud last year. We’re not trying a new food simply for the sake of trying a new food because $$$. I’ll let the food critics go there first.
This year’s list of everything we ate at the Minnesota State Fair looks similar to last year’s. I tried one of those hyped up new foods, a couple “new to me” things, and old favorites.
I live for the excitement and new food offerings that swirl from this Great Minnesota Get Together.
Some people live for occasions like Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I live for Halloween and the Minnesota State Fair. My Christmas Eve is reading the Twin Cities food critics’ reviews of the zany new foods. I’m always amused by how foods that make one critic’s worst list will make another’s favorites.
My best advice for fair goers is to simply eat whatever catches your fancy.
I won two MN State Fair tickets participating in a Midwest Travel Bloggers Twitter chat. Thanks Roseville Visitor’s Association!
I uttered the words, “What if this is the year I don’t try any new foods?” And like a self-fulfilling prophecy, they (sort of) came true.
Usually I scour the new Minnesota State Fair food guides and critic reviews from the first day. Then, we make a list and try as many as possible. This year was different. We’re finally back home with more move under our belt. New jobs, new house, new neighborhood. . . I wonder if we were really craving the old reliable. At least we were for this year’s visit.
Our core favorite Minnesota State Fair foods come down to curds, corn, cookies, and corn dogs (or pronto pups).
Our state fair is better than your state fair.
I haven’t been to many state fairs, but I just know Minnesota’s is the best. That includes you, Texas. Sorry.
This year, we went with Jake’s family. They served as excellent hand models. Roaming the fair as a group is more challenging in terms of efficiency and coordinating potty breaks, but ideal for sharing food. Everyone pitches in and everyone gets to try a bite.
The Minnesota State Fair really is the great Minnesota get together: Lingonberries, lefse, Prince blasting from every corner, all blessed by a purple sunset. It felt like the perfect homecoming.
Here’s what we enjoyed this year: