Minnesota State Fair's list of new foods a major letdown

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MN State Fair announces this year's new foods!
Each year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods should inspire two responses: excitement about sampling some cool new items and jealousy that you weren't the one who came up with the genius idea in the first place. In the past, we've looked to such tasty treats as chocolate-covered bacon and deep-fried mashed potato balls (on a stick, natch) to inspire such feelings.

So when the 2011 items were announced, we scanned in vain for something with similar appeal and came up with...eh....

See for yourself:

2011 New MN State Fair Foods
* Chocolate Covered Jalapeno Peppers (Andre's Watermelon)
* Breakfast Lollipop of deep-fried sausage on a stick w/maple syrup (Axel's)
* Crab Fritters (Ollie's Crab Fritters)
* Sweet Corn Ice Cream (Blue Moon Dine In Theater)
* Deep-Fried Cookie Dough (Sonny's Spiral Chips and Tornado Potato)
* Grilled Yankee Apple Pie and Chocolate Sandwich (Moe & Joe's Espresso Bar)
* Horchata (El Sol Mexican Food)
* Caprese Salad (Giggles Campfire Grill)
* Coushari Rice with Lentil (Holy Land Deli)
* Pretzel-Wrapped Hot Dog (Der Pretzel Haus)
* Jamaican Jerk Fries (Harry Singh's Caribbean Restaurant)
* Dirt Dessert of Oreo cookies, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, etc. (Spaghetti Eddie's)
* Grilled Chicken Pita (T-Bonz Concessions)
* Teriyaki Chicken on-a-stick (Chans Concession)

Since the fair is only a couple of weeks long, concessionaires don't have to worry about repeat customers--moreso than permanent restaurants, they can afford to take chances. But most of these ideas seem recycled, not fresh.

A lot of the ideas aren't anything new: horchata, Caprese salad, pretzel-wrapped hot dogs, teriyaki chicken, and others are all available in many other local restaurants. Martha Stewart has been running recipes for flowerpot baked "dirt cake" desserts for years. Even the novel-seeming sweet corn ice cream was on the menu at Restaurant Alma back in, what, 2005? Ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations were pairing chili with chocolate.

Come August 25, we'll try 'em all of course, and hope to be pleasantly surprised. What are your first impressions of this year's list?


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H Hairstylist
H Hairstylist

I am a Minnesotan living in nyc, their big weird food trend is deep fried koolaide (think koolaide dough fried into mini doughnuts), surprised not to see this on the list for you fair hoses!

Chris Fairlie
Chris Fairlie

Concessionaires DO depend on repeat customers. Even though the fair is only 12 days long once a year a good concessionaire does what they can to serve a good product so that the same customers will return annually to visit their stands.  Something doesn't have to be a "new" idea to be done well. See you at the fair!

Kimberly Marie Jilek
Kimberly Marie Jilek

Kimmy's Cupcakes has been trying to get into the MN State Fair.  We have come up with totally new and unique food items made in the shapes of other fair food, such as a Hotdog, Cheeseburger, Ice Cream Cone, Waffle Bowl Sundae, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Popcorn.

Please feel free to take a look on our website, www.kimmyscupcakes.com, and on the "Events" page you will find photos from Grand Old Day, as well as of our products.  Kimmy's Cupcakes had a wonderful response from everyone that stopped by our booth at Grand Old Day, June 5th, 2011.  We even had some customers ask to take pictures with us, or ask if we were already in the MN State Fair.  As you all know, it is extremely hard to get into the MN State Fair, or even come up with a "great idea."  We have already been accepted to 5 other state fairs throughout the country, and will be baking our unique specialty cupcakes for over 5 million people.  Kimmy's Cupcakes goal from the beginning has been to get into the MN State Fair.

If you want Kimmy's Cupcakes to be in the MN State Fair, "like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on twitter, as well as on the MN State Fair Facebook page.  All links can be also found on our Facebook page.  We welcome any comments, and look forward to hearing from you all.

Apryl Walters Deutsch
Apryl Walters Deutsch

I saw Kimmy's Cupcakes at Grande Ole Day. Could they PLEASE be invited to the fair?? MMM mmm MMM!

Kimberly Marie Jilek
Kimberly Marie Jilek

Kimmy's Cupcakes has been trying to get into the MN State Fair.  We have come up with totally new and unique food items made in the shapes of other fair food, such as a Hotdog, Cheeseburger, Ice Cream Cone, Waffle Bowl Sundae, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Popcorn.

Please feel free to take a look on our website, www.kimmyscupcakes.com, and on the "Events" page you will find photos from Grand Old Day, as well as of our products.  Kimmy's Cupcakes had a wonderful response from everyone that stopped by our booth at Grand Old Day, June 5th, 2011.  We even had some customers ask to take pictures with us, or ask if we were already in the MN State Fair.  As you all know, it is extremely hard to get into the MN State Fair, or even come up with a "great idea."  We have already been accepted to 5 other state fairs throughout the country, and will be baking our unique specialty cupcakes for over 5 million people.  Kimmy's Cupcakes goal from the beginning has been to get into the MN State Fair. 

If you want Kimmy's Cupcakes to be in the MN State Fair, "like" us on Facebook and "follow" us on twitter, as well as on the MN State Fair Facebook page.  All links can be also found on our Facebook page.  We welcome any comments, and look forward to hearing from you all.

Kato Oshaughnessy
Kato Oshaughnessy

I'm glad to see a bit healthier option such as the caprese salad, but other than that the list leaves a lot to be desired. Most of it doesn't even really sound that good.

morchella
morchella

Am really excited to hear about the kushary! Sweet corn ice cream sounds intriguing.  Giggles has really great food despite the terrible name, caprese with late summer tomatoes should be good. 

Jeni H.
Jeni H.

I absolutely love Coushari and wonder how Holy Land's version will measure up.  

Pickarlion
Pickarlion

The Rice Kristie Bars have been at the Fair for 20 years and for $$$ it's still one of the best deals for the size!

Miss Delish
Miss Delish

I am very underwhelmed.  I might have to just stick with my favorites from last year. But I want to know if the wine ice cream will be back.

Bergit
Bergit

The wine ice cream will be back! It's in the Ag/Hort Building!!

Guest
Guest

i also love the wine ice cream. i am lucky that it comes from a creamery in my neighborhood...Izzys ice cream! I actually got a couple pints there after the fair last year. 

Savi
Savi

Where was the wine ice cream?? That sounds good!

MNCruzn
MNCruzn

While I didn't see anything that was truly "Wow, never heard of that before", I thought it was a good list.

I guess I don't have the same expectation as you when it comes to fair food.  I don't look at the new food at the fair as the "never before seen anywhere" situation, but more the "unique and different to the fair" situation. I appreciate you comments such as "Even the novel-seeming sweet corn ice cream was on the menu at Restaurant Alma back in, what, 2005?".  However, I don't frequent Restaurant Alma, so when I heard about the Sweet Corn Ice Cream, my first thought was "hey, I should seek that out a give it a try".

I would be curious to know how other reader feel about this, because when I go to the Fair, I usually go to have things that only taste the way they do at the Fair...a Pronto Pup, an "Almost a Foot Long Hot Dog", "deep fried Cheese Curds", etc...   Yeah, I can get these things other places, but they NEVER taste the same way they do at the Fair.  It's not that they are unique, it's part of the experience.  And I'm sure it's totally different for each person. 

Rachel Hutton
Rachel Hutton

I think that's a fair point, MNCruzn: many people do go to the fair for their annual favorites that they have a hard time finding elsewhere (for me that'd be a corn dog...dreaming of it already!). As for the new foods, I'm a critic, so I'm going to be critical in the hopes that next year's list might have a few more revolutionary items.

MNCruzn
MNCruzn

You to make a good point as well about your approach as a critic; something I should have had in mind when I posted.

Thanks for the reply, Rachel. 

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