2015 Minnesota State Fair Foods & Festivities

by Joseph Kirkwood

August is nearly half over, and you know what that means — the Minnesota State Fair will be kicking off soon!

We’re big time fair lovers in the Kirkwood family, and while we love summer, we can’t wait for the end of the month to roll around. There’s so much to do at the state fair and so many delicious foods to eat that you can’t get anywhere else. It really is the best summer send off.

Read on and sneak a peek at what 2015 has to offer.

New Fair Foods

Love food? Whether you’re a foodie or just feeling adventurous, you’re sure to find something delicious at this year’s Great Minnesota Get-Together. With 50 new foods to choose from, plus hundreds more, it’s impossible not to!

We’re stoked about all the new foods being introduced. In fact, it’s the event we look forward to most every year! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the dishes we can’t wait to try:

Butter Chicken Samosas: Pastries filled with chicken in a tomato curry sauce and served with a side of green chutney. Located at Taste of Midtown Global Market at the International Bazaar.

Butter Chicken Samosas

Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair


Cowboy Bites: Sweet corn kernels, bacon, jalapeños and cream cheese blended into bite-size balls, breaded and fried. Served with ranch dipping sauce.

Cowboy Bites

Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair

Kimchi ‘n’ Curry Poutine: Braised pork and potatoes smothered with curry gravy and cheddar cheese, then topped with kimchi and a poached egg.

Kimchi 'n' Curry Poutine

Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair


Island Slaw: Gluten-free island-style coleslaw with pineapple, mandarin oranges, sugar snap peas and spinach, all topped with teriyaki chicken, a light Sriracha glaze and macadamia nuts.

Island Slaw

Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair


Mac & Cheese Cupcake: Mac and cheese nestled in a breadcrumb crust, then sprinkled with breadcrumbs and frosted with a dollop of Cheez Whiz.

Mac & Cheese Cupcake

Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair


Italian Dessert Nachos: Cinnamon sugar cannoli chips smothered with sweet ricotta cheese filling, fruit, chocolate, nuts and candy toppings.

Italian Dessert Nachos
Grandma Deb’s Snicker Bar Salad: Chopped Snickers® bars and Granny Smith apples tossed in vanilla pudding with whipped cream and drizzled with caramel sauce.

Grandma Deb’s Snicker Bar Salad

Photo Credit: Minnesota State Fair


Is your mouth watering yet? Ours certainly are! If you want to feast your eyes on all the foods being introduced for 2015, check out the full list here.

Grandstand Concerts

A great way to kick back and savor fair foods is by taking in a show at the Grandstand Concert Series. There’s a full entertainment lineup with a little something for everyone, like…

  • Country music all-stars Alan Jackson and Keith Urban
  • Hard rock classics Def Leppard and Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • New pop star Meghan Trainor

…and many more famous acts plus special guests! Need a ticket? Purchase yours now right here.

 Festivities & Happenings

There are plenty of new attractions and events to be enjoyed this year. Take a look at some highlights of the upcoming things to do:

  • Math On-A-Stick: Food isn’t the only thing you’ll find on a stick at the fair. Grab your kids or your friends and go on a photo scavenger hunt as you explore the fairgrounds. And while you’re at it, share your photos (and the fun) with the #numbersatthefair hashtag on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  • Mighty Midway Rides: Two new Mighty Midway rides are making their debut this year. Have a wacky good time in the New York New York Fun House or unleash your inner thrill-seeker on the Super Nova Roller Coaster.
  • Figure Skating Day: Spend an afternoon watching wintertime’s most glamorous sport as local figure skating clubs create a masterpiece on the ice. Then, join Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and National Figure Skater Rohene Ward for autographs and a fan Q&A Session.

There’s definitely something for everyone at the state fair, like competitions, special exhibits and even a giant sing along. Preview the full list of new festivities and happenings here.

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