State fair announces new food lineup

Published 11:21 am Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Minnesota State Fair has announced 27 official new foods and five new food vendors coming to the expansive menu already offered at the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

In total, nearly 500 foods are available at 300 different concession locations throughout the fairgrounds.

New foods

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Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl: Ahi tuna, avocado, mango and pico de gallo tossed in a Hawaiian ginger-soy sauce served cold over rice with a fried wonton.

Bananas Foster French Toast: Cinnamon swirl French toast topped with slices of fresh bananas in an orange-rum-flavored caramel sauce and finished with a dollop of whipped cream.

BBQ Split: Scoops of BBQ pulled pork, mac and cheese and coleslaw served side-by-side with a pickle spear.  (Available Aug. 29-Sept. 3 only)

Blueberry Rhubarb Cobbler: A blend of organic blueberries and rhubarb topped with a cornmeal biscuit and whipped cream.

Earth Wings: Fresh cauliflower pieces dipped in a seasoned batter, deep-fried and smothered in organic sesame BBQ sauce. Vegan and gluten-free.

Firecracker Shrimp Stuffed Avocado: Gulf white shrimp tossed with lime, onion, black beans, tomato and fire-roasted corn in a garlic aioli, drizzled with cilantro-infused olive oil, stuffed in avocado halves and served open-face with flatbread.

General Tso Chicken Taco: Battered and deep-fried chicken tossed in a sauce of ginger, garlic, soy sauce and Asian spices, with seasoned cream cheese and topped with wonton crisps and green onion, served on a flour tortilla. (Available Aug. 23-28 only)

•Honey Cream Soda Float: Honey cream soda (made without sugar) poured over Minnesota Grown honey ice cream.

•Irish Tater Kegs: Jumbo deep-fried tater tots made with a blend of corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, sour cream and potatoes drizzled with house-made Thousand Island dressing and nestled on a bed of sauerkraut.

•Mangonada Shave Ice: Mango-flavored shave ice drizzled with Mexican chamoy sauce, dusted with tajin chili powder, topped with popping mango boba pearls and served with a tamarind candy straw.

Messy Giuseppe: A blend of seasoned ground beef and Italian pork sausage smothered in marinara, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served on crusty Italian bread.

Moroccan Sausage Bowl: Coarse ground beef and lamb sausage seasoned with herbs, sweet spices and a hint of red pepper, cooked with carrots, turnips and chick peas, and topped with sautéed onions and a green olive.

Nordic Waffles: Fresh-made waffle wraps in seven varieties: All-Day Breakfast; Berries and Cream; Cinna-Sugar Butter; Slammin’ Salmon On-A-Stick; S’More; Turkey Chipotle Club; and Vegetarian Viking. Also serving lemonade with blueberry or lingonberry saft.

Pepperoni Chips with Roasted Red Pepper Queso: Thinly sliced fried pepperoni chips served with a warm roasted red pepper cheese sauce.

Rainbow Cloud Roll: Three scoops of ice cream sprinkled with fruity cereal and wrapped in a pillow of cotton candy. Hand-rolled on-site. Ice cream choices include Superman, vanilla, strawberry and chocolate.

Shrimp Ceviche: Fresh shrimp, cucumbers, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes and cilantro tossed with a citrus lime juice and served cold with tortilla chips.

Slider Flights: Flights of three slider sandwiches, each with a variety of toppings, available in three varieties:

• Brisket Flight: One slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, and one with crispy fried onions

• Burger Flight: One slider topped with thick-cut candied bacon and cheddar cheese, one with smoked gouda, and one with BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions

• Pulled Pork Flight: One slider topped with coleslaw, one with pickles and onions, and one with crispy fried onions

Smoked Soft Serve Ice Cream

Smoked Soft Serve Ice Cream: Cold-smoked cream available in two flavors, all made on-site:

• Cold Brew Coffee infused with cold-smoked Arabica beans and topped with chocolate espresso dust, a toasted marshmallow and a chocolate cookie on the side

• Muscovado Sugar Vanilla combines vanilla bean and cold-smoked molasses-rich cane sugar served with a toasted marshmallow and bacon candy round on the side

Optional sauces available: bourbon-soaked cherries or hot chocolate

Swedish Meatball Smörgås: Meatball sandwich with three traditional Swedish pork and beef meatballs topped with white gravy, lingonberry sauce and dill pickles.

Sweet Greek Cheese Puffs: Flaky phyllo dough filled with feta and ricotta cheese, deep-fried, drizzled with honey and topped with powdered sugar.

Sweetie Cakes: Choice of black forest cake, birthday cake or chocolate peanut butter cake, baked in a cup packed with Sassy Pecan toffee bits and served warm, topped with real whipping cream and more toffee bits.

Triple Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake: Dense chocolate cake with chocolate chips and fudge icing smothered with strawberries and whipped cream.

Turducken Sausage Sandwich: A blend of turkey, duck and chicken served on a fennel bun and accompanied by a side of Giggles’ sweet and saucy relish. Gluten-free; no nitrates added.

UpNorth Puff Pasty: Porketta sausage, cheese curds, coarse grain mustard and chopped dill pickle baked in a puffy crust sprinkled with pepper and sea salt.

Wood-Grilled Elote: Corn on-the-cob grilled over an oak wood fire, brushed with chile-spiced mayo and sprinkled with queso Cotija and fresh lime juice.

Za-Waffle Sticks: Waffles blended with pepperoni and mozzarella, topped with a parmesan herb blend and served with pepperoni-infused maple syrup or marinara sauce.

Zesty PBandJ Sausage: Peanut butter, cherry jelly and a hint of cayenne pepper and cilantro blended into a quarter-pound sausage.

New venders

The Anchor Coffee House: Serving cold brew coffees, lattes, fresh-brewed drip coffee and banana chocolate chip gluten-free muffins.

The Hangar: Serving breakfast items, Slider Flights, smoked turkey legs, smoked brisket sandwiches, jumbo burgers, bacon-wrapped pork belly, kids meals, and chicken-and-waffle ice cream split topped with candied bacon. Also serving fresh-squeezed lemonade, soda and craft beer.

Midtown Global Market’s Mama D’s: Serving mac and cheese, gluten-free mac and cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, the BBQ Split, and sweet tea. (Aug. 29-Sept. 3 only)

Midtown Global Market’s Taco Cat: Serving Smokey Black Bean Tacos; Nacho Fries; General Tso Chicken Tacos; and a cold press coffee and horchata drink. (Aug. 23-28 only)

Nordic Waffles: Serving fresh-made waffle wraps in seven varieties.