If there is one place to find a different take on the plain old hot dog, it is at the Minnesota State Fair. Dipped in sweet batter, it suddenly becomes a pronto pup. Add onions and kraut, it becomes the famous footlong. But now there is another option.
Yep, it’s here … well, almost here. The Minnesota State Fair opens on Thursday and I am not prepared at all. Typically I have lists upon lists that cross reference new foods, old favorites and the best route to try it all in one day (or two or three). This year I’m taking a more laid-back approach and instead of rushing from booth to booth, I’m going for the Minnesota Cooks event on Sunday, Aug. 30.
Mancini’s is known for steak, but it’s their gelato that’s winning fans at the Minnesota State Fair. Sarah Williams starts with milk, cream and sugar – creating gelato right on site. She adds Italian flavorings to make flavors like caramel apple. St. Paul’s Summit Beer goes into the oatmeal stout gelato.
If what you’re eating is on a stick, fried, overwhelmingly luscious and totally verboten, you’re either in heaven or at the local state fair. Here’s how to recreate some of your favorites at home, roll up your sleeves and start with these devilishly decadent crowd pleasers.
Fair food doesn’t necessarily have to be bad for you. It is possible to dine on healthy grub while at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. To check out salad-on-a-stick and other great options, check out the video report.
In just about two months, Minnesotans will be able to sink their teeth into bacon, pickles, chocolate, or a combo of them all. On Wednesday, the Minnesota State Fair announced 47 new foods. Among them are candied bacon cannoli, deep fried meatloaf, grilled glazed donuts and cocoa puff cheese curds.
Rachel Slavik took WCCO’s newest team member – Edward Moody – around the Minnesota State Fair to show him the ropes on Day 2 of the Great Minnesota Get-Together.