Minnesota State Fair: 40 new foods — and one you won’t believe


Lamb Fries served at the Minnesota State Fair are the new “dare you” food item for 2012. Chevy Chase in Funny Farm couldn’t get enough lamb fries, until he found out what the fries were made of: lamb testicles.

Online cooking videos demonstrating how to prepare the testicle delicacy are, well, nerve-wracking. But the video chefs seem to take it in stride; it is food, after all. If everyone attending the State Fair had one Lamb Fry dish, that’s a lot neutered lambs grazing the land.

Lamb Fries are a traditional Middle Eastern dish and the State Fair testicles are marinated with Holy Land spices. Fair goers can choose from deep fried in a crumb coating with traditional dill sauce or grilled with sautéed onions. Served at Holy Land Deli, International Bazaar.


(Above) Lamb Fries (Photos: Minnesota State Fair)

A record 40 new food items are at the 2012 Minnesota Great Get-Together. Here is the list, to check off as you visit the Fair.

Is the best part of your cereal the stuff at the bottom of your bowl? Now rejoice with the taste of Cereal Killer Ice Cream: soft ice cream that tastes just like the milk left at the bottom of your cereal bowl. It’s topped with dry cereal and a little milk creeping up the sides. Featuring two flavors—one sweet and chocolatey and one honey and nutty. Served at Blue Moon Dine-In Theater.

(Above) Cereal Killer Ice Cream: from the bottom of your cereal bowl

Aug. 31-Sept.3, Camel Burger Sliders will be served: camel meat spiced and served with tomato, white American cheese, spicy mayo and onions. Safari Express—Taste of Midtown Global Market, International Bazaar.

Wine Smoothies: at Minnesota Wine Country. A mushroom bar or antipasto plate will feed you while you sip. Located on Underwood St. across from the Agricuture Horticulture Building (old church hall).

Think of gravy when thinking of mashed potatoes? Not at the Minnesota State Fair, with new food item Sweetie’s Delights – Mashed sweet potatoes on-a-stick, lightly battered and dusted with powdered sugar. Served with a side of whipped cream. At Mr. Potato & Sweetie, located on Liggett Street on the east side of the Horse Barn.

(Above) Hold the gravy: Minnesota State Fair style mashed potatoes, on a stick with whipped cream and powdered sugar

Gluten-Free Food Items:

Gluten-Free Chicago-Style or State Fair-Style Hot Dog – Quarter-pound 100% all-beef frankfurter served on an Udi’s classic gluten-free hot dog bun in your choice of Chicago-Style or State Fair-Style hot dog. The Chicago-Style hot dog is topped with brown mustard, diced onions, green relish, diced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, sport peppers, a dill pickle spear and a dash of celery salt. The State Fair-Style hot dog is prepared with condiments of your choice. At Chicago Dogs, located in The Garden, on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street.

(Above) Gluten-free hot dog

Gluten-Free Risotto Poppers – Arborio rice balls with black beans, cheese, scallions and spices, hand-rolled and dipped in tapioca flour and egg wash, then dipped in gluten-free crushed corn tortilla chips. At French Meadow Bakery, located on Carnes Avenue, between Nelson and Underwood streets.

The rest of the new foods:

Alere’s Featured SaladsAsian Salad – Romaine lettuce, fresh parsley, Mandarin orange slices, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, feta cheese and croutons with choice of Asian vinaigrette or raspberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Classic Tossed Salad – Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, pecans, dried cherry/cranberries, olives, feta cheese and croutons with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Garden Salad – Mixed greens, cherry tomatoes and croutons, with choice of ranch, French or raspberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing. At Veggie Pie, located in the Food Building

(Above) Yes, you can eat healthy at the State Fair. New Asian Salad

Bacon Ice Cream – Real cooked and candied bacon in ice cream with a hint of maple flavor. At Rainbow Ice Cream, Five different locations including Carousel Park, Underwood Street north of Dan Patch Avenue, Underwood Street south of Dan Patch Avenue, Carnes Avenue at Liggett Street, and the Agriculture Horticulture Building

(Above) Bacon Ice Cream

Beef Tongue Caramelos (Tacos) (Available Aug. 27–30) – Served with chipotle salsa, cilantro vinaigrette, sautéed onions, cabbage and jalapeno. At Sonora Grill* (new vendor) – Taste of Midtown Global Market, located in the International Bazaar

Breakfast Sliders – Trio of sliders (steak, Cajun sausage and ham) served with scrambled eggs, homemade garlic mayo and topped with cheese and green onions. At Ragin Cajun, located in The Garden, on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

Cheeseburger Sticks – Hamburger, American cheese, pickles and a secret sauce wrapped up in fresh-baked pizza dough and served with pickles and dipping sauce. At Green Mill, located west of the Family Fair Stage in Baldwin Park

Chicken Nachos On-a-Stick – Skewered chicken breast with corn chips, nacho cheese, pico de gallo and jalapenos. At Tejas, located in The Garden, on the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Puppies – Crushed peanut butter cups baked in the middle of a Fudge Puppy that is dipped in chocolate, layered with whipped cream and a custom-made peanut sauce. At Granny’s Kitchen Fudge Puppies, located on the outside west wall of the Food Building

Classic Walleye Roll – Fresh walleye, served chilled “New England-style” with Minnesota wild rice and minced celery. Dusted with Giggle’s Campfire Grill special spice blend and served on a butter-toasted brioche bun. At Giggle’s Campfire Grill, located on Cooper Street and Lee Avenue in The North Woods

(Above) Great vegetarian choice: the new Walleye Roll

Cranberry Wontons (Available Aug. 23-26) – Cranberry-infused cream cheese wrapped in a crisp, flaky wonton shell and drizzled with chocolate sauce. At Pham’s Deli – Taste of Midtown Global Market, located in the International Bazaar

Duke’s Poutine – Freshly cut french fries topped with piping hot gravy and squeaky white cheddar cheese curds. At Duke’s Poutine* (new vendor), located on Judson Avenue next to the All-You-Can-Drink Milk Booth

Eggplant Caramelos (Tacos) (Available Aug. 27-30) – Served with roasted red pepper, sautéed onion, Chihuahua cheese and chimichurri aioli. At Sonora Grill* (new vendor) – Taste of Midtown Global Market, located in the International Bazaar

Eggplant Fries (Available Aug. 27-30) – Served with chimichurri aioli for dipping. At Sonora Grill* (new vendor) – Taste of Midtown Global Market, located in the International Bazaar

French Dog – Choice of one of three sausages (original French Dog, smoked bratwurst or smoked jalapeno & pepper jack sausage) on a toasted artisan French baguette with a selection of sauces (yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, cheddar jalapeno and ketchup). Baguettes are baked fresh daily. At Sonny’s Spiral Spuds, located in the Food Building

Great Balls of Fire – Hot and spicy ground pork sausage rolled into balls and served with dipping sauces, including Indian curry, Korean BBQ and cool cucumber. At Sausage Sisters, located in the Food Building

Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon Sandwich – Grilled wild Alaskan salmon served plain or with fresh lettuce, tomato and bacon on a soft corn-dusted bun. At Smokey’s Charbroiler, located on Murphy Avenue, across from the Pet Center

Hibiscus Iced Tea (Available Aug. 27-30) – Made from the hibiscus sabdariffa flower, this tea is a tart, cranberry-like beverage infused with freshly squeezed natural orange juice. At Sonora Grill* (new vendor) – Taste of Midtown Global Market, located in the International Bazaar

Lamb Chop On-a-Stick – 100% grassfed specially seasoned lamb loin chops served on-a-stick. At Lamb Shoppe, located in the Food Building

(Above) From Lamb Fries to Lamb Chops

Minnesota Wine Bistro MenuGrilled Portobello Mushroom Bar – Grilled sourdough toast brushed with creamy roasted garlic sauce, topped with aged romano and parmesan cheeses and a slice of Portobello served warm from the grill; Antipasto Plate – Featuring Minnesota bison sausage, assorted cheeses, roasted peppers and sliced baguettes; and Wine Smoothies At Minnesota Wine Bistro (new location), located on Underwood Street (the former Epiphany Church Diner)

Ole’s Cannoli – Cannolis dusted with powdered sugar and topped with chocolate chips, pistachios or sprinkles. They also come in dark chocolate-dipped shells. At Ole’s Cannoli* (new vendor), located inside the front entrance of Heritage Square

Paul Bunyan Bar – A vanilla bean or cinnamon premium ice cream bar hand-dipped to create a thick coating of chocolate, then rolled in chopped almonds, coconut flakes or chocolate. At Ice Cream Parlour, located inside the front entrance of Heritage Square

Ragin’ Ankles – Slow-smoked tender pork shanks, crispy fried and tossed in a spicy pineapple rage sauce – a combination of grilled fresh pineapple, habaneros, BBQ sauce, pineapple juice and cayenne. At Famous Dave’s, located on the corner of West Dan Patch Avenue and Liggett Street

Red Velvet Funnel Cake – Red-velvety funnel cake flavored with a dash of cocoa, brushed with butter, dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze. At Smoothies and Jurassic Dogs, located on Murphy Street across from the Pet Center

Scone with Sausage Gravy – A buttermilk scone covered with traditional southern gravy and sausages. At French Meadow Bakery, located on Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets

Spaghetti Eddie’s Super Stick – A stick of pepperoni and cheese dipped in a garlic batter mix, deep fried and served with marinara and hot BBQ dipping sauces. At Spaghetti Eddie’s, located at Dan Patch Avenue and Cooper Street

(Above) Yes, it’s a Super Stick: filled with pepperoni, cheese and deep fried

Spaghetti Sticks – Spaghetti noodles, sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese all wrapped up in fresh-baked pizza dough and served with a side of spaghetti sauce. At Green Mill, located west of the Family Fair Stage in Baldwin Park

Sushi – Two varieties of fresh sushi: California Roll features crab, cucumber, avocado, seaweed, sushi rice and sesame seeds. Tempura Shrimp Roll features tempura-battered shrimp, capelin roe, avocado, cucumber, mayo, sushi sauce, sesame seeds, sushi rice and seaweed. At Shanghaied Henri’s, located in the International Bazaar

Waffle De Liege (Belgian Street Waffle) – Authentic street-style waffles with a caramelized pearl sugar crust coating on a soft, sweet, dense and doughy waffle. Served plain or topped with Nutella, maple butter or fresh fruit. At Blue Moon Dine-In Theater, located on the corner of Chambers Street and Carnes Avenue

Yosemite SAMwich – Spicy taco meat on a sesame seed bun with BBQ sauce, nacho cheese sauce, bacon bits and crispy onion tangles. At Frontier Bar, located on the south side of Carnes Avenue, between Liggett and Clough streets


(Above) Minnesota Wine Country offers wine, wine smoothies, and food.

4 thoughts on “Minnesota State Fair: 40 new foods — and one you won’t believe

  1. Vegetarianism means you don’t eat meat, so the walleye roll would be a terrible vegetarian choice.  Good for pescatarians though (people that don’t eat red meat or poultry but do eat seafood).

  2. I can’t wait to try some of these bizarre creations!  Hey, just a note on a small mistake – the photo of the Walleye Roll is mistakenly identified as “vegetarian” – but vegetarians, by definition, don’t eat meat, including fish!  (Some people do identify themselves as “pescatarian,” meaning people who eat fish but not red meat- this would definitely be the crowd for the Walleye Roll.).

    Thanks for the great food tips!

  3. Yes, it’s a slippery slope with vegetarian definition. Some vegetarians I know do eat fish, some do not. I guess it is a self-declared lifestyle. Vegans, on the other hand, do not eat fish, butter, etc. I went by personal acquaintances who say they are vegetarian but eat salmon, walleye, eggs etc. but no meat or meat by-products. So I felt OK with the Walleye sandwich definition. I had not heard the term “pescatarian.” Thanks for the tip!

  4. the true definition of a vegetarian is one who doesnt eat meat- of any kind- i think the whole “fish friday” during lent is where midwesterners get their wires crossed and think that fish flesh is somehow vegetarian

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