I’m not going to lie, the Minnesota State Fair is always one of the highlights of my year. The baby animals, the people watching, the janky-ass carnival rides, and, of course, the amazing eating adventures. This year, however, I went to the fair with one goal: to find everything I could possibly eat, and eat it. And I failed, miserably, but what a delicious failure it was. Most people don’t believe there is very much vegan food at the state fair, which is understandable since the fair is known for things like chocolate covered bacon on a stick, deep fried sticks of butter, and bottomless glasses of milk for $1, but I was able to find quite a bit, and got to ask lots of annoying questions to people who looked at me like I was from another planet. There’s a food-finder on their website I spent some time on, trying to get a general idea of foods I could inquire about, but I gave up when I got to the “i’s”, there is just so much freaking food at the fair! Here’s an overview of what I ate:
This is something I had never heard of. What a simple delicacy! Freezing grapes gives them the craziest, most wonderful texture, and also makes them insanely refreshing when you’re wandering around dusty, overpopulated grounds with the sun beating down on you. These were found at the “alligator on a stick” stand, ironically.
Pretty self-explanatory, french fries covered with chunks of garlic. Genius! The secret to eating these in a way that utilizes all flavors is to dunk your fry in ketchup (or hot sauce), and then scrape the bottom to catch any loose garlic. Serious breath issues are sure to follow.
Nothing special, just some delicious, fresh fruit. Washed it down with some:
This was so tasty. Possibly the best lemonade I’ve ever had. I stopped by this stand b/c I was really hoping that the deep-fried & chocolate covered fruit was vegan. (It’s not)
Sweet Potato Fries:
Heavenly. Just heavenly. Even better when washed down with some delicious:
I’m not a huge fan of drinking at hot, outdoor events, but luckily it was just cool enough that beer totally hit the spot without making me feel like I was so dehydrated I might die. This is a delicious, local, Summit EPA, and yes, Summit is vegan!
Deep Fried Pickles:
This was by far my favorite fair food this year. Delicious beer-battered & deep fried pickles. They also had your basic giant pickle on a stick if you weren’t feeling the extra grease. These were the “cajun” deep fried pickles, and that side dipping sauce is simply hot sauce. Yum!
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds:
You know those almonds they have at those mall kiosks that smell like magic? They totally taste as good as they smell.
Pistachios are one of my favorite foods of all time. Spicy pistachios make me want to cry-laugh until I throw up from happiness.
Vegie Fries, spelled incorrectly, are some of your favorite vegetables, deep fried, and shoved on a stick. The only food on a stick I had this year, sadly enough. Broccoli, zucchini, potatoes, onions, etc, splash a little malt vinegar on them babies.
I was really hoping that the deep fried Oreos were going to be vegan, but I was disappointed with their dairy-filled batter. Oh well, I had a big enough food-baby at that point anyway…
I also found out after the fact, that there was an actual Vegan main dish food category this year for the food competitions for the first time ever! So next year be prepared for the detailed adventures of me entering food in a state fair food competition!
I tried so hard to go to the fair more than once, but alas, circumstances would not allow it, so I only ate a quarter of what I wanted to, but that’s ok. I’ll make up for it next year.