Karina Chronicles

Food Highlights of the Minnesota State Fair


cinny Based out of New York City and Canada, Cinny is the mommy to JR and Baby Pom. When not working or studying full time, she can be found working on Whirlwind of Surprises or cuddling with her hubby and playing with her dogs. She shines in the warm company of friends and family and  enjoys playing with her 3 little nephews.

The Minnesota State Fair is all I’ve been hearing about for the last several weeks. My friends and colleagues all went and gushed over Martha’s sweet cookies and fried candy bars, amongst others. You heard right, there are such things as fried candy bars. It doesn’t sound appetizing at all but apparently, they’re amazing.

It was a ridiculously crowded afternoon and it took us just an hour to find parking. Parking is available on site but I’d recommend parking in their free park and shuttle ride lots. Entrance fees run $12/adult. I’d recommend purchasing a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book for $5 if you plan on eating. There’s a lot of savings in there that you can use throughout the whole fair period. Although, if you buy your tickets and book in advance before the fair starts near the end of August, it’s a little cheaper.

The Minnesota State Fair has a lot of midway and games, livestock barns, the rodeo, sideshows and music performances, various retail sales companies, and midway food. Oh, if only I could try it all, at least I wore the dress so that I could try as much as I could. My O/S Karina June dress was loose so I added a belt to make it fit right. Clever, right? Then I adjusted my notches while I ate so I could still look great and be comfortable. Haha! I ended up having to loosen it 2 notches.I was so happy to find my fair favorite food, the cinnamon sugar doused funnel cake. If I don’t eat anything else but that, I’m happy.But I had to try the other foods too, most of them being fried. The one that wasn’t included a turkey leg that varies from $9-10 at different stands. Slow-roasted, tender, soft, and juicy…the hubby and I shared one but I think I could’ve had another. One of my favorite fair foods, hands down.


Garlic fries were a close second. It wasn’t particularly cheap. I think it was still $6 after the coupon but it’s a huge serving that could probably be shared amongst 4-5 friends, especially if you want to try other foods too. Beer battered cheese curds were not so great. I was excited to try them since they were highly recommended but it turned out salty and mediocre. I think I’ll have to try a different stand next year.  Drinks galore…beer on a stick, local beers, lemonades, cold sodas, root beer floats…all great accompaniments to the food. I found myself thirsty all the time so that ice cold freshly squeezed lemonade was simply refreshing. I didn’t get to try Martha’s sweet cookies and the fried candy bars. There were multiple of these stands but you’d see multiple lines that extended for at least a block. No way I was going to wait a full hour just to purchase these.

Overall, a fun time at the fair. Lots of good food and drinks. A great place to hang out with friends and experience it! You’ll need cash, we probably spent $100 total over the course of 4-5 hours. Have you ever been to the Minnesota State Fair? It typically runs from end August to early September.

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