Ranking all 47 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair (and where to find them)

Ranking all 47 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair (and where to find them)

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
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

August 24
Stick with these Minnesota State Fair classic foods
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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Burger Friday at the Minnesota State Fair!

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A mouthful: Rick Nelson tries all the new fair foods — and tells all

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Ruby Tuesday closes several Twin Cities locations; 4 survive

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