From Pretzel To Apple Pi: Strange Brews At The Minnesota State FairThe craft beer scene is booming in Minnesota, so it only makes sense that it's represented at the State Fair.
Revamped West End Getting Credit For Big Fair TurnoutThe Minnesota State Fair is always a popular place to spend Labor Day weekend. But this last weekend was one for the record books. More than quarter million people came through the gates on Saturday, setting a one day all-time record.
DeRusha Eats: Blue Barn At The MN State Fair It's not just what bacon and what muffin you're going to use for your breakfast sandwich. The uniform choice and the building design also matter. Blue Barn is the newest restaurant at the Minnesota State Fair. Stephanie Shimp, co-owner of Blue Plate Restaurant Group, says they've been trying to get into the fair for almost a decade. She tried to get in last year, but Mancini's ended up winning the old Pizza Palace.
5(ish) Best Bets For New State Fair FoodsNever one to disappoint, the Minnesota State Fair rolled out 28 new foods for its 2014 run. While this is less than some years, it is still quite a number to tackle. So, for those looking to try the only ones that are worth their buck, and worth the walk to get there, here are my top picks for the best new foods at the Minnesota State Fair.
Mpls. Restaurant Group Raises Minimum WageA major Twin Cities restaurant group is raising the minimum wage for some of its employees higher than the new state law requires. The Blue Plate Restaurant Company owns eight popular spots, and will open a new restaurant at the State Fair Thursday. Starting Sept. 1, Blue Plate's non-tip workers will earn $9.69 an hour.