Eat & Drink
August 31
State Fair goers spun nearly 100 feet in the air on the Sky Flyer at the Mighty Midway.

N.Y. Times sends reporter to State Fair, discovers Minnesota's greatness

Our beloved Minnesota State Fair gets a glowing feature — and they didn't even make fun of us.
Variety
August 31
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Celebrate the close of summer with a Labor Day picnic

The shoulder season of picnics and dining al fresco is upon us as we shift back into autumn — and indoor — rituals.
Eat & Drink
August 31
Burger Friday: State Fair's Lunch Box still serving nostalgia after 56 years

Burger Friday: State Fair's Lunch Box still serving nostalgia after 56 years

The Lunch Box represents a different fair era, before the drive to create an Instagram-grabbing food item. Instead, the focus is on reliable, familiar, reasonably priced fare, served with a smile.
Eat & Drink
August 30
The Butcher and the Boar's beer, brat and a shot.

Going to see 'Hamilton' in downtown Minneapolis? Here's where to grab a bite

Here are some great places to drink and dine before or after the Orpheum Theatre show.
Taste
August 29

2018 Minnesota State Fair food competition blue-ribbon winners

BAKED PRODUCTS YEAST BREAD, PLAIN DOUGH White, no seeds: William Middeke, Eden Prairie Herb: James Lind, Minnetonka Whole wheat or graham: Sonia Jacobsen, Roseville Raisin…
Eat & Drink
August 29
Blue Moon sandwich.

13 great places to eat breakfast at the State Fair

Insiders know that an ideal time to enjoy the Minnesota State Fair is in the morning.
Eat & Drink
August 29
The new restaurant at Elliot Park Hotel.

'Affordable' Italian restaurant opening in new downtown Minneapolis hotel

Tavola will open in the Elliot Park Hotel in late September.
Taste
August 29
The good, the bad and the ugly

The good, the bad and the ugly

The good, the bad and the ugly Before you hit the entrance to the Minnesota State Fair, check out Rick Nelson’s review of the best…
Taste
August 29
Watermelon Gazpacho. Photo by Robin Asbell * Special to the Star Tribune

Watermelon gazpacho serves up summer in a bowl

Add cucumber, green peppers and sweet onions for a tasty mix.
Taste
August 29

Steam those beets for the easiest preparation

Beets, with a variety of colors, offer a lovely mix for fall salads.
Taste
August 29
BLT Flatbread with Creamy Avocado Dressing.

BLT pizza: a new take on summer classic

Make use of those ripe tomatoes with a dish that's sure to please the family.
Eat & Drink
August 29
Broadway Liquor Outlet in north Minneapolis offers fine wines at many price points.

9 hidden gems offer great wine selection across Twin Cities

Out of the way and/or unassuming, these stores are hiding in plain sight.
Variety
August 27
Each year since 1999, Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson has tried the new foods on the first day of the Minnesota State Fair. Nelson photogra

How our food critic tackles 40 new Minnesota State Fair foods in one day

For 20 years, Rick Nelson has walked calmly into the fair's chaos of consumables and separated the edible from the inedible.
Eat & Drink
August 27
Bacon-Stuffed Tots, Blue Barn, West End Market, $8.95. More like croquettes than Tots (which is a good thing) and the bacon is great. The bacon fat in

Ranking every new Minnesota State Fair food from best to worst

It was a banner year for new food at the fair, and our restaurant critic tried every single new offering.
Eat & Drink
August 25

Wine of the Week: Colorea La Mancha Tempranillo-Syrah 2016

Colorea La Mancha Tempranillo-Syrah 2016 The men of La Mancha, and the women, as well, make some pretty dandy wines at especially cool prices. I…
Eat & Drink
August 25

Sunday Supper: Fried Rice With Corn and Zucchini

Fried Rice With Corn and Zucchini Serves 4 to 6. Note: Plan ahead to soak the rice for an hour if you’re using sticky rice.…
Eat & Drink
August 24
Sweet corn with shrimp paste butter, pork, scallion oil, radish, serrano, fried shallot and caramelized onion (GF) at Hai Hai.

7 don't-miss sweet corn dishes at Twin Cities restaurants

It's the happiest time of year, when Twin Cities chefs find inspiration in sweet corn.
Eat & Drink
August 24
Kylie Yu, center, chowed down on sweet corn with her younger brothers, Michael, left, and Charlie, at the Minnesota State Fair in 2015.

Minnesota State Fair's Corn Roast becomes third stand to be certified kosher

It follows the previous certifications of Fresh French Fries and Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar.
Eat & Drink
August 24
Wild Bill's Breakfast Bake, Blue Barn, at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

From best to worst, 56 new foods at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair

Our food critic ate his way through all the new foods at the Minnesota State Fair on opening day.
Eat & Drink
August 22
Wild Bill’s Breakfast Bake at the Big Blue Barn.

A critic's favorite foods over 20 years at the Minnesota State Fair

Facing his 20th Minnesota State Fair, a critic looks back at past favorites and flops.

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