Last updated: 01:00 PM ET, Wed June 24 2015

Opinion Home | The Main Course

  • Gabe Zaldivar | June 24, 2015 1:00 PM ET

    The Minnesota State Fair May Have Gone a Bit Insane With the Food This Year

    The Minnesota State Fair May Have Gone a Bit Insane With the Food This Year

    Image via Instagram

    The Minnesota State Fair is not messing around when it comes to food.

    As MPR News’ Nancy Yang reports, the fair that runs from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7 just announced its all-star lineup of food that will mesmerize and satisfy throughout the waning summer days.

    There are sensible veggie platters, lettuce wraps that will aid your diet and digestion and…No, just kidding.

    What follows is basically a parade of gut bombs that dazzle the eye with the promise of a warm summer day  and the smiles that come with a full belly.

    First, you probably want a bit more information on the fair, of which you can learn at the official website.

    You can order pre-fair tickets for $10 at the moment. Regular entry will run $13 for adults with kids and seniors getting in for $11.

    But really this is a small price to pay for a collection of goodies that would make Willy Wonka blush.

    Here are a few that we highlighted as particularly promising from the website’s food page:

    Deep Fried Ribs:

    Image via Minnesota State Fair

    Now the fair does have regular spare ribs, which we are sure are amazing. But this is a state fair, which resembles Las Vegas in the only way that matters: a moment to throw caution and good sense to the wind.

    The website describes these beasts as such: “Smoked baby back ribs, breaded, fried and served with BBQ sauce.”

    That’s like describing the Mona Lisa as just some lady with an odd smirk.

    Stuffed Italian Meatloaf On-a-Stick:

    Well, we can say one thing about organizers. They aren’t all that imaginative when it comes to names.

    Here is what we like to refer to as Jabba’s lightsaber, an “Italian meatloaf stuffed with Mozzarella and pepperoni, topped with marinara sauce and a Parmesan herb blend and served on-a-stick.”

    It’s pretty gorgeous isn’t it?

    Sriracha Balls:

    If it can be fried it will assuredly appear at the fair. What you see above is a spicy little number that sounds like the food version of Wu-Tang Clan, a mishmash of indiscernible pieces that somehow become glorious when united.  

    The description: “Two choices of filling breaded in panko, deep-fried and drizzled with Sriracha sauce: blend of shredded chicken, corn, tomatoes, egg and Sriracha; or Sriracha cream cheese with corn, tomatoes and egg.”

    I don’t mind telling you that I drooled a little.

    Now that’s just a sampling of what will greet you at the one place in the world that seems to understand the importance of sticking food on a stick and frying it.

    There are also totchos (tater tot nachos), Spam burgers and prime rib delivered in a vessel normally reserved for ice cream.

    The place has lost its mind, and we respect that.


You may use your Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook information, including your name, photo & any other personal data you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on Click here to learn more.

Gabe Zaldivar The Main Course

Gabe Zaldivar Born on the rough streets of suburban West Covina, I learned a great many things, some of which has proved useful: knowing the tell-tale sounds of an ice cream truck and crafting a world-class burrito come to mind. You have seen my work on Bleacher Report and possibly my mug on CNN. Perhaps, if you are into archaic modes of entertainment, you have also heard me on the radio. Pop culture is my beat. If it has to do with the intersection of travel, entertainment and pop culture, I'm your guy.
Finding Your Transportation at the Cancun Airport

Vacation Packages