Eat & Drink
August 29, 2019
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.
Eat & Drink
August 28, 2019
Halo Cone, Halo Cone and CloudRoll.] ALEX KORMANN • alex.kormann@startribune.com

53 new foods at the Minnesota State Fair, ranked from best to worst

The Minnesota State Fair's 2019 new foods roster includes the perennial mix of attention-seekers, potential gut bombs and trend-observant hopefuls.
Eat & Drink
August 22, 2019
Lingonberry ice cream: one more reason to look forward to the fair.

3 things our restaurant critic can't wait to eat at the Minnesota State Fair

Rick Nelson is here to answer any and all dining-related questions. Send your queries to rick.nelson@startribune.com.
Eat & Drink
August 22, 2019
Cheese and pickles make a good pair: Try Cheese Curds with a Dill Pickle Kölsch from Tin Whiskers Brewing.

What beer goes best with cheese curds? The best State Fair food pairings

When it comes to food and drink at the State Fair, it's a great Min­ne­so­ta pair-to­gether.
Variety
August 20, 2019

Open wide: We try all the new State Fair foods — and tell all

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.
Eat & Drink
August 5, 2019
Cherry Firework Hard Seltzer from Lift Bridge is one of the new beverages at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair.

53 new beers, ciders, hard seltzers, wines announced for Minnesota State Fair

Those include the "Berry Manilow" and the "Kirby Pucker." Get it?
Eat & Drink
October 17, 2018
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 29, 2018
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.
Variety
August 27, 2018
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 24, 2018
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 31, 2017
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.
Eat & Drink
September 2, 2016
Fourteen-month-old Levi Porter of Oakdale gets a bit of brain freeze after enjoying soft serve from the Dairy Barn.

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.
Eat & Drink
August 30, 2016
Nitro Ice Cream: T.J. Paskach and Will Schroeder at the Minnesota State Fair Food building.

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.
Eat & Drink
August 29, 2016
Honey almond fudge ice cream is a top seller for the Minnesota Honey Producers.

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.
Eat & Drink
August 25, 2016

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

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.
Eat & Drink
August 25, 2016

A day full of eating: Rick Nelson tries new fair foods — and tells all

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.
Eat & Drink
August 25, 2016

Open wide: Rick Nelson tries new fair foods — and tells all

Star Tribune restaurant critic Rick Nelson is done after a marathon day at the Minnesota State Fair of sampling every new food. Need ideas?
Eat & Drink
August 29, 2015
Bacon on-a-stick is cooked all day long at the highly aromatic Big Fat Bacon stand.

Twin Cities chefs share their State Fair food favorites

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.
Eat & Drink
August 29, 2015
Samosas at Hot Indian Foods

Ranking the food at the State Fair

HOW THE FOODS RANK ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Exceptional ⋆⋆⋆ Highly recommended ⋆⋆ Recommended ⋆ Satisfactory ⋆⋆⋆⋆ Butter Chicken Samosas at Hot Indian Foods, Taste of Midtown Global…
Eat & Drink
August 28, 2015
Kylie Yu, 9, center, chowed down on sweet corn from the Roast Corn stand with her brothers, Michael, 5, left, and Charlie, 3, on Thursday at the Minne

Record number of new State Fair foods, but which ones are best?

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.