The classic fair foods that have stood the test of time at the Minnesota State Fair. Smelt in a boat at Walleye on a stick booth.

13 must-try Minnesota State Fair delicacies

Set aside the Pronto Pups and mini doughnuts. Here are 13 lesser-known treats recommended by critic Rick Nelson.
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53 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair, ranked from best to worst

August 28, 2019
The Minnesota State Fair's 2019 new foods roster includes the perennial mix of attention-seekers, potential gut bombs and trend-observant hopefuls.
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Open wide: We try all the new State Fair foods — and tell all

August 20, 2019
Our Rick Nelson is in for a marathon day at the State Fair, sampling every new food offered for 2019. Let out your belt and follow along.
Cheese and pickles make a good pair: Try Cheese Curds with a Dill Pickle Kölsch from Tin Whiskers Brewing.
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What beer goes best with cheese curds? The best State Fair food pairings

August 22, 2019
When it comes to food and drink at the State Fair, it's a great Min­ne­so­ta pair-to­gether.
Lingonberry ice cream: one more reason to look forward to the fair.
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3 things our restaurant critic can't wait to eat at the Minnesota State Fair

August 22, 2019
Rick Nelson is here to answer any and all dining-related questions. Send your queries to
Cherry Firework Hard Seltzer from Lift Bridge is one of the new beverages at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.
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53 new beers, ciders, hard seltzers, wines announced for Minnesota State Fair

August 5, 2019
Those include the "Berry Manilow" and the "Kirby Pucker." Get it?
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
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Ranking every new Minnesota State Fair food from best to worst

October 17, 2018
It was a banner year for new food at the fair, and our restaurant critic tried every single new offering.
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13 great places to eat breakfast at the State Fair

August 29, 2018
Insiders know that an ideal time to enjoy the Minnesota State Fair is in the morning.
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Open wide: Rick Nelson tries new fair foods — and tells all

August 25, 2016
Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson is done after a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair of sampling every new food. Need ideas?