Sundae sammies, pickle pizza: New Minnesota State Fair foods have arrived

There will be plenty more ice cream at the Minnesota State Fair when the doors open on August 25.

The fair unveiled its new foods on Tuesday, the annual preview of the dizzying array of new food and drink options at the 12-day Gathering and Eat-a-thon.

Think Cotton Candy Float (at German Root Beer and Popcorn), Deep Fried Ice Cream (Snack House at Warner Coliseum) and a licorice-infused gray duck sundae at Bridgeman’s.

But newcomer Union Hmong Kitchen also offers frozen desserts: Dej Qab Zib, a coconut-lychee colada made with a mixture of coconut milk, lychee syrup, lime and mint served over ice. And the eternal headliner Hot Indian will offer Kulfi, an Indian-style ice cream made with condensed milk, nuts and spices. It will be available in three flavors: almond, cashew and pistachio; mango; and saffron, almond and pistachio.

They tackle a theme for this year’s fair: a decidedly more diverse food palette for an increasingly diverse Minnesota and its biggest single annual event.

New Foods at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair

Soulsicle from new vendor Soul Bowl is among the new foods on offer at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It is described as “fried chicken on a stick topped with candied yam sauce, cornbread crumble, of cheddar cheese seasoned with macaroni and cheese, hot sauce and green onions”.

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The new Soul Bowl vendor in the catering building will offer a Soulsicle: fried chicken on a stick topped with candied yam sauce, cornbread crumble, seasoned mac and cheese, cheddar cheese, hot sauce and green onions.

The Herbivore Butcher will offer vegan versions of Fair Trade comfort foods: fried chicken and fried chicken steak, with gravy and Texas toast.

New Foods at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair

Aldo’s Concha Bacon Burger is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It is described as a “beef patty with raspberry aioli, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapeños and bacon served on a concha, a traditional Mexican sweet bun”.

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All in all, there are more three dozen new official foods and eight new vendors at the fairwhich already has almost 500 menu items in around 300 locations around the pitch.

And of course, if you’re going to have ice cream, you better bring the cake: Longtime mainstay Hamline Dining Hall turned to local ice cream shop La Michoacana Rose for a new cake birthday cake, a frozen Mexican dessert on a stick, made with pieces of birthday cake. Mancini’s is also rolling out its own cake on a stick option – but with an option to add edible short text messages to the topper.

New Foods at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair

LuLu’s Public House Tot Dog is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It is described as an “all-beef hot dog dipped in corn dog batter, rolled in a mixture chopped tater, cheddar cheese and onions, then fried”.

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Other international options include Turmeric Ginger Lemon Surprise, a version of lemonade, at West Indies Soul Food; a chilaquile breakfast at Tejas Express; and three versions of traditional Venezuelan arepas from Arepa Bar at Midtown Global Market, a new entry to the fair.

New Foods at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair

Pickle Pizza from new supplier Rick’s Pizza is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It is described as “homemade, hand-made pizza dough topped with homemade dill ranch sauce , fresh mozzarella and crunchy dill pickles, and finished with a dill seasoning”.

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And it wouldn’t be fair without some foods of uncertain origin: dill pickle pizza perhaps? Rick’s Pizza will have a hand-mixed dough topped with dill ranch sauce, mozzarella cheese, and “crunchy dill pickles.”

And Jammy Sammies by Brim will be offering a “Sundae Sammie” – a toasted sandwich featuring cinnamon toast, vanilla custard and strawberry jam.

Find the complete list of new fair trade foods here.

As always, don’t forget to grab a handful of towels before handing over your Great Minnesota Get Together indulgences. Maybe bring a clean shirt too.

New Foods at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair

The Blue Barn’s Sweet Potato Poutine is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It is described as “sweet potato waffle fries topped with cheese curds, chorizo ​​sausage Beyond, turmeric sauce, pico de gallo and fresh cilantro”.

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