27 new foods, 5 new vendors announced for Minnesota State Fair
ST. PAUL—Turducken sausage sandwich. Deep-fried jumbo tater tots stuffed with corned beef. Nordic waffles. Hand-rolled ice cream.
These are among the new foods on this year's lineup at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. And of course, some of them have made their way onto a stick.
On Tuesday, June 19, the Minnesota State Fair released the list of 27 new Fair foods for 2018, along with the announcement of five new vendors for the 2018 State Fair running Aug. 23 to Sept. 3. Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl: Ahi tuna, avocado, mango and pico de gallo tossed in a Hawaiian ginger-soy sauce served cold over rice, with a fried wonton. Café Caribe, south side of Carnes Avenue between Chambers and Nelson streets.
Bananas Foster French Toast: Cinnamon-swirl French toast topped with slices of fresh bananas in an orange-rum-flavored caramel sauce and finished with a dollop of whipped cream. Hamline Church Dining Hall, north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Underwood and Cooper streets.
BBQ Split: Scoops of barbecue pulled pork, mac and cheese, and coleslaw served side by side with a pickle spear. Mama D's, Taste of Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar, east wall. Available Aug. 29-Sept. 3 only.
Blueberry Rhubarb Cobbler: A blend of organic blueberries and rhubarb topped with a cornmeal biscuit and whipped cream. Farmers Union Coffee Shop, north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Cooper and Cosgrove streets.
Earth Wings®: Fresh cauliflower pieces dipped in a seasoned batter, deep-fried and smothered in organic sesame barbecue sauce. Vegan and gluten-free. French Meadow Bakery and Cafe, north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.
Firecracker Shrimp Stuffed Avocado: Gulf white shrimp tossed with lime, onion, black beans, tomato and fire-roasted corn in a garlic aioli, drizzled with cilantro-infused olive oil, stuffed in avocado halves and served open-face with flatbread. The Hideaway Speakeasy, in the Veranda, Grandstand upper level, northwest section.
General Tso Chicken Taco: Battered and deep-fried chicken tossed in a sauce of ginger, garlic, soy sauce and Asian spices, with seasoned cream cheese and topped with wonton crisps and green onion, served on a flour tortilla. Taco Cat, Taste of the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar, east wall. Available Aug. 23 to 28 only.
Honey Cream Soda Float: Honey cream soda made without sugar and poured over Minnesota Grown honey ice cream. Minnesota Honey Producers Association, Agriculture Horticulture Building, north side.
Irish Tater Kegs: Jumbo deep-fried tater tots made with a blend of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, sour cream and potatoes drizzled with house-made Thousand Island dressing and nestled on a bed of sauerkraut. O'Gara's at the Fair, southwest corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Cosgrove Street.
Mangonada Shave Ice: Mango-flavored shave ice drizzled with Mexican chamoy sauce, dusted with tajin chili powder, topped with popping mango boba pearls and served with a tamarind candy straw. Minnesnowii Shave Ice, West End Market, south section.
Messy Giuseppe: A blend of seasoned ground beef and Italian pork sausage smothered in marinara, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served on crusty Italian bread. Mancini's al Fresco, north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.
Moroccan Sausage Bowl: Coarse-ground beef and lamb sausage seasoned with herbs, sweet spices and a hint of red pepper, cooked with carrots, turnips and chickpeas, and topped with sautéed onions and a green olive. Sausage by Cynthia, north side of Judson Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.
Nordic Waffles: Fresh-made waffle wraps in seven varieties: All-Day Breakfast (egg, bacon and cheddar); Berries & Cream (raspberry and strawberry mixture with vanilla cream); Cinna-Sugar Butter (cinnamon, sugar and butter); Slammin' Salmon On-A- Stick (Norwegian smoked salmon with cream cheese & green onions); S'More (marshmallow crème, crumbled graham crackers and Nutella); Turkey Chipotle Club (turkey, bacon and mixed greens with Sriracha mayo sauce); and Vegetarian Viking (black bean veggie burger, cheddar cheese, mixed greens and chipotle sauce). Also serving lemonade with blueberry or lingonberry saft. Nordic Waffles at West End Market, southwest section.
Pepperoni Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Queso: Thinly sliced fried pepperoni chips served with a warm roasted-red-pepper cheese sauce. LuLu's Public House at West End Market, south of Schilling Amphitheater.
Rainbow Cloud Roll: Three scoops of ice cream sprinkled with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy. Hand-rolled on-site. Ice cream choices include Superman, vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. Rainbow Ice Cream, in the Grandstand, upper level, east section near the elevator.
Shrimp Ceviche: Fresh shrimp, cucumbers, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes and cilantro tossed with a citrus lime juice and served cold with tortilla chips. Shrimp Shack, on the southwest corner of Carnes Avenue and Underwood Street.
Slider Flights: Flights of three slider sandwiches, each with a variety of toppings. Choose among three varieties: brisket (one slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, one with crispy fried onions), burger (one topped with candied bacon and cheddar cheese, another with smoked gouda and a third with barbecue sauce, cheese and crispy fried onions) or pulled pork (coleslaw, pickle and onions and crispy fried onions). The Hangar, northeast corner of Murphy Avenue and Underwood Street.
Smoked Soft Serve Ice Cream: Cold-smoked cream made on-site. Available in two flavors: Cold Brew Coffee infused with cold-smoked Arabica beans, topped with chocolate espresso dust, toasted marshmallow and a chocolate cookie on the side or Muscovado Sugar Vanilla, vanilla bean and cold-smoked molasses-rich cane sugar served with toasted marshmallow and bacon candy round, and optional sides of bourbon-soaked cherries or hot chocolate. Blue Moon Dine-In Theater, northeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Chambers Street.
Swedish Meatball Smörgås: Meatball sandwich with three traditional Swedish pork and beef meatballs topped with white gravy, lingonberry sauce and dill pickles. The Blue Barn,West End Market, south of the History and Heritage Center.
Sweet Greek Cheese Puffs: Flaky phyllo dough filled with feta and ricotta cheese, deep-fried, drizzled with honey and topped with powdered sugar. At Dino's Gyros, north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.
Sweetie Cakes: Choice of black forest cake, birthday cake or chocolate peanut butter cake, baked in a cup packed with Sassy Pecan toffee bits and served warm, topped with real whipping cream and more toffee bits. Sweetie Cakes, Food Building, south wall.
Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake: Dense chocolate cake with chocolate chips and fudge icing and smothered with strawberries and whipped cream. The Strawberry Patch, west side of Liggett Street between Carnes and Judson avenues.
Turducken Sausage Sandwich: A blended sausage of turkey, duck and chicken served on a fennel bun and accompanied by a side of Giggles' sweet and saucy relish. Gluten-free; no nitrates added. Giggles' Campfire Grill, southeast corner of Lee Avenue and Cooper Street at The North Woods.
UpNorth Puff Pasty: Porketta sausage, cheese curds, coarse-grain mustard and chopped dill pickle baked in a puffy crust sprinkled with pepper and sea salt. Sausage Sister and Me, in the Food Building, east wall.
Wood-Grilled Elote: Corn on the cob grilled over an oak wood fire, brushed with chile-spiced mayo and sprinkled with queso Cotija and fresh lime juice. Tejas Express, in The Garden, north wall.
Za-Waffle Sticks: Waffles blended with pepperoni and mozzarella, topped with a parmesan herb blend and served with pepperoni- infused maple syrup or marinara sauce. Green Mill, on the east side of Cooper Street between Randall and Wright avenues, at Family Fair at Baldwin Park.
Zesty PB&J Sausage: Peanut butter, cherry jelly and a hint of cayenne pepper and cilantro blended into a quarter-pound sausage. Gass Station Grill, west side of Cooper Street between Dan Patch and Judson avenues, outside southeast corner of the Food Building.
New food vendors
The Anchor Coffee House: Serving cold-brew coffees (including nitro cold brew, vanilla cream, caramel cream and chocolate cream), lattes (vanilla, caramel, mocha & chai tea), fresh-brewed drip coffee and banana chocolate-chip gluten-free muffins. West side of Underwood St. between Carnes and Judson avenues outside Ramberg Music Cafe.
The Hangar: Serving breakfast items, Slider Flights (Brisket, Burger and Pulled Pork), smoked turkey legs, smoked brisket sandwiches, jumbo burgers, bacon-wrapped pork belly, kids meals (hot dog, chicken nuggets, burger with fries or fruit), and chicken-and-waffle ice cream split topped with candied bacon. Also serving fresh-squeezed lemonade, soda and craft beer. Located on the northeast corner of Murphy Avenue and Underwood Street.
Midtown Global Market's Mama D's: Serving mac and cheese, gluten-free mac & cheese, pulled-pork sandwiches, the BBQ Split (barbecued pulled pork, mac and cheese and coleslaw served side by side with a pickle spear), and sweet tea. Taste of the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar, east wall. Open Aug. 29 to Sept. 3 only.
Midtown Global Market's Taco Cat: Smokey Black Bean Tacos, General Tso Chicken Tacos (deep-fried chicken tossed in ginger, soy sauce, Asian spices), Nacho Fries (breaded fries, black beans, cheese sauce, pickled jalapeños and cilantro with optional chorizo), cold-press coffee and horchata. Taste of the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar, east wall. Open Aug. 23 to 28 only.
Nordic Waffles: Fresh-made waffle wraps in seven varieties: All-Day Breakfast, Berries and Cream, Cinna-Sugar Butter, Slammin' Salmon On-A- Stick, S'More, Turkey Chipotle Club and Vegetarian Viking black bean burger. Also serving lemonade with blueberry or lingonberry saft. West End Market, southwest section.