ST. PAUL -- It’s really happening!
The Minnesota State Fair is not only on for 2021, but has announced its official list of new foods.
There are 26 new foods available this year and four new vendors.
The new vendors are Andy’s Garage, which will be at the Midtown Global Market booth, Summer Lakes Beverages, which is serving vegan, gluten-free mocktails, Fluffy’s Hand-Cut Donuts and the popular Duluth restaurant, New Scenic Cafe, which has a new stand-alone location. In addition, Hot Indian Foods, which has previously been available for part of the fair through Midtown Global Market’s stand, will have its own booth in the Food Building.
Here’s the list, in all its deep-fried, on-a-stick, wacky-combination glory. Get your antacids ready! The Minnesota State Fair starts Aug. 26. New vendors are marked with a *.
Banh Minn Bun and Banh Minn Bowl: Asian-inspired sausage in a crusty French baguette with Sister’s Sriracha sauce, shredded and pickled carrot, radish, chopped jalapeño and a sprig of fresh cilantro. The bunless bowl starts with a five-grain blend and is topped with shredded and pickled carrot, radish, Asian slaw, chopped jalapeño, sausage slices, cilantro and a drizzle of Sister’s Sriracha sauce.
At Sausage Sister & Me, located in the Food Building, east wall
Bison Bites: A North Woods spin on ravioli with ground bison, braised fennel, portobello mushrooms and fresh basil wrapped in classic egg dough, deep-fried and served with a sweet bourbon sauce with a little kick.
At Giggles’ Campfire Grill, located on the southeast corner of Lee Avenue and Cooper Street at The North Woods
Blue Raspberry Blitzed: Traditional hand pie filled with a raspberry, blueberry and apple blend infused with UV Blue Vodka and topped with cotton candy sugar.
At Sara’s Tipsy Pies, located in the Food Building, south wall
Buffalo Chicken Doughscuit: Fluffy biscuit-style doughnuts stuffed with shredded chicken, glazed with a sweet and spicy buffalo icing, and topped with crispy bacon bits.
At The Blue Barn, located at West End Market, south of the History and Heritage Center
Caramelized Banana Pudding: Layers of homemade vanilla pudding, fresh bananas, toasted ‘nilla wafers, caramelized cocoa crispy cereal, caramel sauce and fresh whipped cream.
At Blue Moon Dine-In Theater, located on the northeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Chambers Street
ChoriPop: Chorizo by The Herbivorous Butcher dipped in a classic corndog batter, deep-fried on-a-stick with choice of avocado salsa or mole sauce drizzled on top or on the side. Served with Mexican BBQ chips. (Vegan)
At Midtown Global Market’s Andy’s Garage*, located in the Taste of the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar, east wall (Available Aug. 26-31 only)
Cracklin Prime Nachos: Deep-fried chicharrón (pronounced chee-chah-rrohn) covered in prime rib slices, ¡Que Bueno! nacho cheese, pico de gallo and green onion slices.
At Coasters, located on the southeast corner of Carnes Avenue and Liggett Street
Cucumber Jalapeño Limeade: Limeade made with juiced Minnesota-grown cucumbers and jalapeño syrup, served with a cucumber slice.
At Farmers Union Coffee Shop, located on the north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Cooper & Cosgrove streets
Dual Berry Shortcake: Strawberries and blueberries over a sugar-coated Betty & Earl’s biscuit, topped with whipped cream and balsamic glaze.
At LuLu’s Public House, located at West End Market, south of Schilling Amphitheater
Esquites: Mexican street corn off-the-cob topped with mayonnaise, Cotija cheese and pequin chile powder.
At Midtown Global Market’s Los Ocampo, located in the Taste of the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar, east wall (Available Sept. 1-6 only; Los Ocampo returns to the Midtown Global Market booth for the first time since 2013.)
Fudge & Fruit!: Fresh strawberries and fudge brownies dipped in wine-infused dark chocolate, drizzled with wine-infused white chocolate and served on-a-stick.
At Minnesota Wine Country, located on the west side of Underwood Street between Carnes and Judson avenues
Greek Stuffed Ravioli: Mediterranean pastry dough stuffed with cream cheese, tzatziki sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoncini, tomato, gyro meat and Dino’s Greek seasoning, deep-fried and drizzled with roasted garlic butter.
At Dino’s Gyros, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets
Island Hopper: Hollowed-out half-pineapple filled with charbroiled chicken glazed with teriyaki sauce and served with steamy white rice and pineapple chunks, topped with green onions and sesame seeds.
At The Hangar, located at the North End, southwest section
Jumbo Donut Sundae: A jumbo frosted yeast-raised donut available in a variety of flavors, topped with vanilla soft- serve ice cream, hot fudge and blend of sprinkles.
At Fluffy’s Hand Cut Donuts*, located between West Dan Patch and Carnes avenues and Liggett and Chambers streets
Kerala Fried Chicken Kati Roll: Marinated, battered and fried chicken tenders wrapped in paratha (pronounced puh-RAH-ttah) with chutneys and slaw.
At Hot Indian, located in the Food Building, east wall (A fan favorite in the Midtown Global Market booth in years past, Hot Indian has a new home of its own in the Food Building and will be at the fair all 12 days.)
La Floretta: Oven-roasted cauliflower florets seasoned with Iron Range herbs and spices and served with Calabrian sweet chili sauce. (Gluten-free, vegan)
At Mancini’s al Fresco, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets
The Naughty Biscuit: Smoked pork belly topped with beer cheese sauce, arugula, pickled red onions and candied jalapeños served on a buttermilk biscuit.
At RC’s BBQ, located on the north side of West Dan Patch Avenue between Liggett and Chambers streets
Chicken & Macaroni Nordic Waffle and I-Scream Waffle Sandwich: Two new fresh-made waffle wraps: A Southern-fried spicy chicken drummy and cheesy macaroni, finished with a drizzle of honey on a warm Nordic waffle; and a classic ice cream cookie sandwich, crunchy kettle corn and chocolate drizzle dusted with sprinkles, all wrapped in a Nordic waffle.
At Nordic Waffles, located at West End Market, south section
Paneer Pakora: Seasoned paneer cheese cubes fried in a gluten-free batter and served with tomato butter. (Gluten-free, vegan)
At Hot Indian, located in the Food Building, east wall
Pizza Lucy: Sausage patty topped with pizza sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese, stuffed in homemade Green Mill pizza dough, and topped with Italian seasonings, cheese and crumbled pepperoni.
At Green Mill, located on the east side of Cooper Street between Randall and Wright avenues, at Family Fair at Baldwin Park
Sashimi Tuna Tacos: Crisp wonton shells filled with ahi tuna, avocado and sesame soy. Thai slaw with peanut dressing, pickled ginger and wasabi served on the side.
At Scenic 61 by New Scenic Café*, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Lee & Randall avenues, just south of Little Farm Hands
Sidecar Sandwich: Thick-cut cognac-infused bacon smothered with Cointreau and citrus marmalade, layered with melted havarti, smoked Gouda and aged cheddar, served on toasted sourdough bread and garnished with fresh orange slices.
At The Hideaway Speakeasy, located in the Veranda, Grandstand upper level, northwest section
S’Mores Funnel Cake: Graham cracker funnel cake topped with marshmallow, milk chocolate chunks and more graham cracker bits.
At Funnel Cakes, located in the Food Building, east wall
Spufull Puff: Mashed sweet potatoes blended with sweetened cream cheese then wrapped in dough and fried. Lightly dusted with powdered sugar and served with maple dipping sauce on the side.
At Potato Man & Sweety, located on the west side of Liggett Street between Carnes and Judson avenues, outside the Horse Barn
Summer Lakes Beverages in 3 varieties – Wedge-Hammer, Lake Storm Lemonade and Bama! Lemon Sweet Tea: These 2021 State Fair-exclusive mocktails are all gluten-free and vegan. The Wedge-Hammer is fresh ginger, orange and other citrus juices, zest, sparkling water and simple syrup. Lake Storm Lemonade is lavender-infused lemon and other citrus juices, zest, sparkling water and simple syrup. Bama! Lemon Sweet Tea is fresh brewed tea, fresh lemon and other citrus juices, zest, sparkling water and simple syrup.
At Summer Lakes Beverage*, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Lee and Randall avenues, just south of Little Farm Hands (Summer Lakes Beverage previously sold its bottled mixes and merchandise at the State Fair.)
Waffle Burger: Quarter-pound bacon cheeseburger served between two maple-infused candied sweet crunch waffles with a side of maple syrup.
At Andy’s Grille, located on the south side of Carnes Avenue between Chambers and Nelson streets