Stand: Ole’s Cannoli
Location: Heritage Square
During a trip to Boston one year, Marta Lindsey and her mom, Pam Olson, fell in love with cannolis, the famous Italian pastry.
They said to themselves, “This needs to be at the State Fair. We need to bring good cannoli to Minnesota,” Lindsey said.
That was the inspiration for their booth, Ole’s Cannoli, which is in its second year at the fair.
Traditional cannoli is filled with ricotta cheese and is topped by pistachios or chocolate chips. “We thought about how to make it more Minnesotan,” Lindsey said.
So this year, they’re launching candy bacon cannoli, which they claim is the only cannoli of its kind in the world.
Candy bacon is bacon that’s been caramelized with brown sugar. For people who love bacon, “Candy bacon is beyond,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey, who lives in San Francisco, and Olson, a Roseville resident, both have other day jobs. “This is how we spend our vacation,” said Lindsey, whose first job was at the State Fair when she was 15.
Last year was rough, as Lindsey was six months pregnant. After working in the brutal heat, “My legs were so swollen I couldn’t walk a day after the fair ended,” she said.
Still, for Lindsey and Olson, the booth is a dream come true. After staring at a computer all day, it’s a welcome change of pace. “You’re talking to people all day and making cannoli is fun,” she said.
Lawn ornaments on a stick
Stand: Rock Gardens
Location: East side of Nelson Street between Judson and Carnes avenues
Laurie and Brian Soderman started Rock Gardens, a landscaping business, in an unlikely place: a former junkyard in Lino Lakes.