The Minnesota State Fair Unveils New Foods For 2018
I love the Minnesota State Fair! The Minnesota State Fair generally means meeting up with friends I haven't seen all summer, and it also means trying new foods. The Minnesota State Fair just released 27 new fair foods this morning and one includes tuna... Here's what we know is new this year!
The list includes a few new food-vendors which include a Norwegian waffle maker, a coffee vendor and two new Midtown Global Market stops. Highlights of the list include a trendy tuna poke bowl(I'll pass), a cornmeal-blueberry-rhubarb cobbler(yum!), a honey cream soda float, cold-smoked soft-serve ice cream, a Turducken sausage sandwich and battered and deep-fried cauliflower.
Which of these would you try?
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.
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.
BBQ Split - Scoops of BBQ pulled pork, mac & cheese, and coleslaw served side-by-side with a pickle spear. (Aug. 23-28 only)
Blueberry Rhubarb Cobbler - A blend of organic blueberries and rhubarb topped with a cornmeal biscuit and whipped cream.
Earth Wings - Fresh cauliflower pieces dipped in a seasoned batter, deep-fried and smothered in organic sesame BBQ sauce. Vegan and gluten-free.
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.
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. (Aug. 29-Sept. 3 only)
Honey Cream Soda Float - Honey cream soda (made without sugar) poured over Minnesota Grown honey ice cream.
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.
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.
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.
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 chick peas, and topped with sautéed onions and a green olive.
Nordic Waffles - Fresh-made waffle wraps in seven varieties: All-Day Breakfast (egg, bacon & cheddar); Berries & Cream (raspberry & strawberry mixture with vanilla cream); Cinna-Sugar Butter (cinnamon, sugar & butter); Slammin’ Salmon On-A-Stick (Norwegian smoked salmon with cream cheese & green onions); S’More (marshmallow crème, crumbled graham crackers & Nutella); Turkey Chipotle Club (turkey, bacon & mixed greens with Sriracha mayo sauce); and Vegetarian Viking (black bean veggie burger, cheddar cheese, mixed greens & chipotle sauce).
Pepperoni Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Queso - Thinly sliced fried pepperoni chips served with a warm roasted red pepper cheese sauce.
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.
Shrimp Ceviche - Fresh shrimp, cucumbers, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes and cilantro tossed with a citrus lime juice and served cold with tortilla chips.
Slider Flights - Flights of three slider sandwiches, each with a variety of toppings, available in three varieties: Brisket Flight (one slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, and one with crispy fried onions); Burger Flight (one slider topped with thick-cut candied bacon and cheddar cheese, one with smoked gouda, and one with BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions); Pulled Pork Flight (one slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, and one with crispy fried onions)
Smoked Soft Serve Ice Cream - Cold-smoked cream available in two flavors, all made on-site: Cold Brew Coffee infused with cold-smoked Arabica beans and topped with chocolate espresso dust, a toasted marshmallow and a chocolate cookie on the side; Muscovado Sugar Vanilla combines vanilla bean and cold-smoked molasses-rich cane sugar served with a toasted marshmallow and bacon candy round on the side. Optional sauces available: bourbon-soaked cherries or hot chocolate.
Swedish Meatball Smörgås - Meatball sandwich with three traditional Swedish pork and beef meatballs topped with white gravy, lingonberry sauce and dill pickles.
Sweet Greek Cheese Puffs - Flaky phyllo dough filled with feta and ricotta cheese, deep-fried, drizzled with honey and topped with powdered sugar.
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.
Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake - Dense chocolate cake with chocolate chips and fudge icing smothered with strawberries and whipped cream.
Turducken Sausage Sandwich - A blend 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.
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.
Wood Grilled Elote - Corn on-the-cob grilled over an oak wood fire, brushed with chile-spiced mayo and sprinkled with queso Cotija & fresh lime juice.
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.
Zesty PB&J Sausage - Peanut butter, cherry jelly and a hint of cayenne pepper and cilantro blended into a quarter-pound sausage.
The descriptions are from the food page on the state fair website. Note that some of these new foods are only available for a day and some are there for the whole fair!