March 7, 2021

Give Me The Mike

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The hidden gem foods Minnesota State Fair staff eat

The staff who plan the Minnesota State Fair know the 12-day event extremely well. So what foods do they eat during the Great Minnesota Get Together?

So there are hundreds of foods to taste at the Minnesota State Fair. And if you’re only heading out to the Great Minnesota Get Together one day, your stomach — and your wallet — can only handle so much.

The official new Fair foods get a lot of buzz (get my reviews of 2019 new foods here), and there are the State Fair staples like Sweet Martha’s Cookies, Pronto Pups and cheese curds.

I wanted to know what the Media Relations team at the Minnesota State Fair eat. They know the State Fair more than anyone else I know. So I asked. And this list has some true hidden gems.

I presented some of these foods on KSTP-TV’s Twin Cities Live.

The hidden gem foods Minnesota State Fair staff eat

Puff Daddy On-a-Stick

  • Thai sausage wrapped in puff pastry
  • From Sausage Sister & Me
  • In the Food Building, east side

Chicken & Rice Bowl

  • Grilled chopped chicken breast, yellow rice
  • From Patinella’s Chicken Grill
  • Chambers Street, just south of the Grandstand
Porketta Pig Wings Minnesota State Fair
Porketta Pig Wings. Photo courtesy Mancini’s

Porketta Pig Wings

  • Roasted spilt pork shanks
  • From Mancini’s al Fresco
  • Carnes Avenue between Nelson & Underwood
Pickle Dog Minnesota State Fair
Pickle Dog.

Pickle Dog

  • Quarter dill pickle coated with cream cheese and wrapped in pastrami
  • From Pickle Dog
  • Carnes Avenue between Liggett & Chambers

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Pretzel Minnesota State Fair
One big pretzel.


  • Fresh hand-twisted pretzel baked on-site with toppings or sides (butter, honey mustard, cheddar cheese sauce, garlic & butter, cinnamon sugar, mustard)
  • From Pretzel Haus
  • Liggett Street between Carnes & Judson
Baked Potato Minnesota State Fair
Baked potato.

Baked Potato with Pulled Pork

  • Baked potato with barbecue-smoked Carolina pork, sour cream, cheddar cheese, chives, chili, bacon)
  • From BBQ Baked Potato
  • Cooper Street between Dan Patch & Judson, outside the Food Building
Egg Roll On-a-Stick Minnesota State Fair
Egg roll on-a-stick.

Giant Egg Roll On-a-Stick

  • From Que Viet
  • Cooper Street, outside the Merchandise Mart
Wild Rice Cheeseburger.

Wild Rice Cheeseburger

  • Hamburger made with wild rice
  • From Wild Rice Specialties
  • In the Food Building, northeast side

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Frozen Cider Pop Minnesota State Fair
Frozen cider pop.

Frozen Cider Pop

  • Popsicles made with cider from Minnesota grown apples
  • From Minnesota Apples
  • In the Agriculture Horticulture Building, west side

Gluten-Free Muffins

  • From Hamline Church Dining Hall
  • Dan Patch Avenue between Underwood & Cooper

Peg Muffin

  • Sandwich with fried egg, sausage, cheese, tomato
  • From The Peg
  • Outside of the Agriculture Horticulture Building, southeast side
Lemonade Minnesota State Fair
Lemonade by the Kidway.


  • From Netterfield’s Food Court
  • Cooper Street between Wright & Dan Patch

Wood Fire Pizzas

  • Cheese, margarita, sausage, pepperoni, sweet corn and bacon
  • From Blue Moon Dine-In Theater
  • Corner of Carnes Avenue & Chambers Street
Fish Taco Minnesota State Fair
Fish Taco in the Food Building.

Fish Taco

  • Deep-fried tilapia, cabbage, mango salsa, red onion and sauces in a flour tortilla
  • From San Felipe Tacos
  • Food Building, east wall

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