FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - Minnesota's big summer-ending party is still two months away, but fans of the Minnesota State Fair will soon begin salivating with the announcement of 28 new foods that will be offered this year.
Here is a list of the new edibles for 2014 in alphabetical order:
Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Leg – A roasted turkey leg wrapped in a layer of bacon. At Texas Steak Out, Located on Underwood Street north of Randall Avenue
Beer Gelato – Made fresh daily on-site, this rich, smooth and creamy gelato is blended with local craft beer. At Manciniʼs Al Fresco, Located on Carnes Avenue near Nelson Street
Bison Dog – Hickory-smoked, gluten-free and made from naturally pasture-raised bison in River Falls, the Bison Dog can be served Chicago-style or with your choice of fixings on a gluten-free, poppy seed or plain bun. At Chicago Dogs, Located in The Garden on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street
Blue Cheese & Corn Fritz – Four deep-fried corn fritters stuffed with crumbled blue cheese and served with a fresh herb chimichurri. At The Blue Barn* (New Food Vendor for 2014), Located west of the Skyride at West End Market
Breakfast Juicy LuLu – An English muffin with two American cheese-stuffed sausage patties – served until 11 a.m. At LuLuʼs Public House* (New Food Vendor for 2014), Located next to Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market
Caramel Apple Ice Cream – R&R Ice Creamʼs own tractor-churned vanilla ice cream infused with real caramel and diced Granny Smith apples – a blend of sweet and tart. At R&R Ice Cream, Located on Randall Avenue at Underwood Street
Caribbean-Style Lobster Roll – Chilled lobster salad tossed in a citrus chipotle mayo seasoned with Caribbean flavors – including cayenne pepper, allspice and nutmeg – served on a soft buttered and grilled roll. At Café Caribe, Located on Carnes Avenue near Chambers Street
Chicken in the Waffle – This southern classic is crispy chicken nestled in a crunchy waffle cone, then smothered with a creamy sausage gravy. At The Blue Barn* (New Food Vendor for 2014), Located west of the Skyride at West End Market
Chilaquiles – Corn tortilla chips covered in chili verde sauce with chicken then topped with eggs and garnished with lettuce, tomato and sour cream – served until 10:30 a.m. At El Sol Mexican Food, Located on the southwest outside corner of the Food Building
Chocolate Dessert Salami – Chocolate, butter, almonds and walnuts all blended and rolled into a distinctive salami shape, dusted with powdered sugar, then sliced and served on specialty crackers for a unique Italian dessert. At Sausage Sisters, Located inside the Food Building
Deep-Fried Breakfast On-a-Stick – American and Swiss cheeses, a sausage patty, one egg and Canadian bacon all sandwiched between two pancakes, then dipped in a light, sweet batter and deep-fried on-a-stick. At The Sandwich Stop, Located on Clough Street on the east side of the Poultry Barn
Deep-Fried Buckeyes – A sweet, creamy peanut butter ball coated in chocolate, dipped in funnel cake batter, deep-fried, dusted with confectionersʼ sugar and served with a strawberry sauce. At Spaghetti Eddieʼs, Located on Cooper Street at Dan Patch Avenue
Deep-Fried Lobster On-a-Stick – Canadian lobster pieces poached in butter, dipped in a corn batter, deep-fried and served with a spiced dipping sauce. At LuLuʼs Public House* (New Food Vendor for 2014), Located next to Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market
Gluten-Free Beer-Battered Brat – A locally-made gluten- and nitrate-free brat, dipped in a homemade beer batter and deep-fried on-a-stick. At Sonnyʼs Spiral Spuds, Located inside the Food Building
Hot Toasted Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich – Two hot, crunchy, toasted waffles sandwich a wedge of rich vanilla ice cream with a light powdered sugar dusting – itʼs hot, cold and crunchy. At West End Creamery* (New Food Vendor for 2014), Located at West End Market
Iron Range Pierogies – An authentic Polish favorite, these deep-fried dumplings are stuffed with potatoes and cheddar cheese, topped with crispy onion strings and served with a zingy horsey sauce. At The Blue Barn* (New Food Vendor for 2014), Located west of the Skyride at West End Market
Jello Salad Ice Cream – Inspired by the classic Minnesota potluck dessert (and served in church dining halls everywhere), this jello salad treat features a sweet cream base flavored with fresh lime juice, swirled with cranberry sauce and blended with marshmallows dipped in marshmallow crème. Made by Minnesotaʼs own Izzyʼs Ice Cream, this flavor is only available at the Hamline Church Dining Hall during the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. At Hamline Church Dining Hall, Located on Dan Patch Avenue near Visitors Plaza
JonnyPops – This all-natural frozen fruit and cream bar is like a smoothie on-a-stick. A variety of flavor choices includes the Minnesota State Fair-exclusive: Snelling Strawberry Rhubarb. At JonnyPops* (New Food Vendor for 2014), Look for the JonnyPops cart at West End Market
Korean BBQ Collar with Kimchi Pickles – Slow-smoked pork collar finished with a garlic ginger BBQ glaze and served with kimchi pickles (cucumbers marinated in Korean kimchi red pepper powder with fresh ginger, shredded carrot, green onion and a touch of soy). At Famous Daveʼs, Located near the corner of West Dan Patch Avenue and Liggett Street
North Shore Pasta – Walleye Mac & Cheese – An Iron Range portion of fresh-smoked walleye with sweet corn kernels and roasted red peppers atop a bed of cavatappi noodles – all smothered in Gigglesʼ secret smoked Gouda sauce and toasted with Parmesan parsley bread crumbs. At Gigglesʼ Campfire Grill, Located on Cooper Street and Lee Avenue in The North Woods
PB&J French Toast – The ever-popular peanut butter & jelly sandwich is fused with French toast, then sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with your choice of ham, bacon or sausage. At Robbinsdale OES Dining Hall, Located on Underwood Street next to FAN Central
Pizza Tots – Green Millʼs version of the tater tot, these handmade pizza tots combine sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella, seasonings and hash browns, and they are then dusted with Parmesan cheese and served with a side of pizza sauce. At Green Mill, Located west of the Family Fair Stage in Baldwin Park
Pretzel Curds – These real Wisconsin cheddar cheese curds are coated in a batter made from crushed pretzels, bread crumbs and American Pilsner beer; deep-fried to create a crunchy outside and a soft delicious inside; and served with a zesty dipping sauce. At OʼGaraʼs at the Fair, Located on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street
Prime Rib Taco – Sliced rotisserie prime rib served in a flour tortilla with sautéed onions and peppers and topped with chili con queso. At LuLuʼs Public House* (New Food Vendor for 2014), Located next to Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market
Rustic Stuffed Scone – A savory, Parmesan-crusted, baked butter scone stuffed with all-natural ham, Swiss, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, and a creamy house-made béchamel sauce. At French Meadow Bakery, Located on Carnes Avenue between Underwood and Nelson streets
Schnitzel Strips – Pork tenderloin coated with a seasoned breading, then fried, cut into strips and served with a lemon, garlic and mayonnaise dipping sauce. At Smoothies and Jurassic Dogs, Located on Murphy Avenue across from the Pet Center
Shrimp Dog – Baby shrimp and cream cheese are combined, then batter-dipped, deep-fried and served on-a-stick. At The Shrimp Shack, Located on Underwood Street at Carnes Avenue
SnoRibbons – Just like a fusion of feathery light cotton candy, flaky shaved ice and creamy layered snow, SnoRibbons melt in your mouth. Itʼs like eating snow and tasting ice cream at the same time. This colorful, gluten-free treat is low in calories and sugar and made with fresh, natural ingredients. Exotic flavor combinations are served on a rotating basis and include: strawberry pretzel cream cheese, coffee & donuts, grasshopper pie, red hot velvet, green tea black sesame, horchata vanilla, salty dog, cococaramel, banana toffee crunch, salted caramel corn crunch, frozen hot chocolate, chocolate cherries jubilee, mango tangsicle, blue cotton moon and more. At Blue Moon Dine-In Theater, Located on the corner of Chambers Street and Carnes Avenue
There are also a handful of new food vendors setting up shop at the fairgrounds in 2014. They include:
The Blue Barn – This farm-to-table eatery, owned by local connoisseurs David Burley and Stephanie Shimp of Blue Plate Restaurant Company (the Highland Grill, Longfellow Grill, Scusi, The Lowry, etc.), serves a variety of fresh favorites and three new food items in a welcoming, down-home atmosphere. Located west of the Skyride at West End Market.
JonnyPops – These smoothies on-a-stick are sold from an old-fashioned street food cart and featured in a number of flavors, including the Minnesota State Fair-exclusive Snelling Strawberry Rhubarb. JonnyPops were created by a group of college entrepreneurs to honor their late friend Jonny. A portion of profits is donated to The Hazelden Foundation in hopes of helping teens battling addiction. Look for the JonnyPops cart at West End Market.
LuLuʼs Public House – LuLuʼs Public House is home to the Minnesota State Fairʼs first roof-top patio where fair guests will enjoy three new food items and a number of other unique dishes while taking in views of the Mighty Midway, West End Market and entertainment at Schilling Amphitheater. Located next to Schilling Amphitheater at West End Market.
Patʼs Place – Serving ice cream cones, shakes, sundaes, floats and slushes. Located at the Mighty Midway.
Two Rivers Kettle Korn – Offering old-fashioned kettle corn and fresh-popped popcorn (regular, cheese and caramel). Located at West End Market.
West End Creamery – In addition to the new Hot Toasted Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich, this establishment will serve up to 33 flavors of hand-scooped ice cream in cones, malts, milkshakes, sundaes and floats. Other specialty treats on the menu include breakfast cereal sundaes, mocha floats and the Paul Bunyan Bar – a vanilla bean or cinnamon ice cream bar dipped in chocolate and rolled in your choice of coconut, almonds or sprinkles. Located at West End Market.