So, my plan was to write about all the wonderful food at the Minnesota State Fair – both old and new. But, what I discovered in our outing yesterday (day 2 of 12) was that when there are so many fun, belly laughing, distractions, you forget about food.
No worries! We definitely ate enough and I will discuss those later.
And, not that my other days at the fair aren’t fun, but I’ve come to realize that the fair is really like a small city that comes alive for only 12 days of the year. It is full of interesting people (aka tourists) who seem to be setting all their cares aside to just be in the moment, and that is what I truly love about The Great Minnesota Get-Together!
My top recommendation for day two is – it’s not about the food (but maybe the beverage). If you enjoy craft beer, then you don’t want to miss stopping by the Craft Brewer’s Guild in the Agriculture/Horticulture building. This is a wonderful exhibit highlighting ALL the Minnesota breweries. Along with being surrounded by some interesting history and education, there is an opportunity to try a “flight” of beers and educate your palate a bit too.
Then, there was this…
Adults tapping into their “inner child” and engaging in a game of Beer Carton Jenga! It was hilarious. Not to mention, a ton of fun interacting with people I’ve never met before.
Oh, and if you slow down and look around, you won’t miss the fact that this is truly a beautiful building.
For updates on flights and brewer presentations, check out their website at: http://www.mncraftbrew.org/statefair
We did enjoy the new food offered at Coasters, located right outside the Mighty Midway. Featured here is Prime Rib To-Go. A delicious combination of sliced prime rib with lightly sauteed peppers and onions. Very tasty – and good to share if you want to save room to eat anything else at the fair!
A little more food… One of our favorite destinations is O’Gara’s located by the Fair main entrance on Snelling. We enjoyed the pretzel curds (new last year); still crunchy and delicious. We also sampled the Reuben Bites and tried a new food on O’Gara’s menu – the Limerick Stix, a corn meal battered, fried, pimento cheese and cayenne pepper concoction. My recommendation is to stick with the Pretzel curds; and, if you like a classic Reuben sandwich, then be sure to get one from here. One of my favorite fair foods of all time!
And, more fun… We landed at Mancini’s and had a blast in a sing-along with “Rockin Woody”! (We’ll be going back for more of this!) – and enjoyed their wonderful Steak Sandwich along with a Schell’s Firebrick!
Then, back to Coaster’s because it was time to put on our dancing shoes and enjoy some of the best free entertainment at the fair – well that is if you like cover band music – such as with Uncle Chunk.
So, it’s not all about the food. There really is so much more to the fair. Hopefully, you won’t miss it!