Bacon ice cream, bacon beer: Minnesota State Fair goes hog wild for bacon

Bacon ice cream, bacon beer: Minnesota State Fair goes hog wild for bacon

It's the year of bacon at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.
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A day full of eating: Rick Nelson tries new fair foods — and tells all

August 25, 2016
Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson is in for a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair, attempting to sample every new food offered for 2017. Let out your belt and follow along.
Ranking all 47 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair (and where to find them)
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Ranking all 47 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair (and where to find them)

September 2, 2016
47 new foods. Ten hours. One critic. Rick Nelson sampled it all at the State Fair; $450 later, here's his take.
Eight great State Fair food stands
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Eight great State Fair food stands

August 29, 2016
The Minnesota State Fair features nearly 500 food items (and yes, more than 80 are served on a stick), sold at 300-plus vendors. Restaurant critic Rick Nelson salutes eight of his favorites.
Stick with these Minnesota State Fair classic foods
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Stick with these Minnesota State Fair classic foods

August 30, 2016
Many foods introduced at the Minnesota State Fair fade into obscurity. But each year, a few take on a classic, Pronto Pup-like stature.
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A mouthful: Rick Nelson tries all the new fair foods — and tells all

August 25, 2016
Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson put in a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair, attempting to sample every new food offered for 2016. Let out your belt and follow along.
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Record number of new State Fair foods, but which ones are best?

August 28, 2015
Quantity wins over quality in this year's nod to over-the-top excess in a season that boasts the most-ever new State Fair foods. We sampled dozens of offerings and rated them all.
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Twin Cities chefs share their State Fair food favorites

August 29, 2015
What's on your list of once-a-year treats at the Minnesota State Fair? We asked a dozen Twin Cities chefs for their favorites.
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