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MN State Fair food adventures by the dozen
MN State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testicles
Let's face it, some foods at the State Fair feel more like dares than actual entrees. You hear about them so much that a legend builds around the food that is almost impossible for the food to live up to. The lamb fries at the Holy Land stand in the International Bazaar seem to fit that criteria.More »
Courtesy of Marta LIndsey Mother-daughter team Pam Olson and Marta Lindsey say being first-time vendors at fair is the fulfillment of a 10-year dream
The Minnesota State Fair begins today, and among its more than 300 food vendors and 450 edible snacks will be Ole's Cannoli, a brand-new food stand in Heritage Square run by the mother-daughter team of Pam Olson and Marta Lindsey, two self-described "fair nerds" who say that opening a food stand at Minnesota's epic Get-Together has been something they have dreamed about and worked toward for 10 years.
We talked with Lindsey about Ole's Cannoli's long journey to the fair, what it takes to score one of the rare and coveted food stands, their hectic preparation for the last three months, and what's going through her mind on the eve of her first day as a seller at the massive, 12-day event.
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