I have to admit I’ve really never been a huge fair food fan, but over the years I have become increasingly less tolerant of the garbage that these vendors put out every year for ungodly prices and call it new. This year “a record 47 new foods will debut,” according to the StarTribune and while Twitter was buzzing yesterday about these new items, the list is a record 47 awful items.
Here are some lowlights:
- 1. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp on a Stick
- This is just ridiculous, done 100000000x different times in 1000000000x different ways. They should have been banned from the new food list for being boring.
2. Cajun Pork Rinds
- Famous Dave’s does it again by using the most useless pieces of meat they can find and still charge more than $5 for a small portion of it. No thanks, I’ll pass.
3. Craft Beer Onion Rings
- Because we want to capitalize on the high cost of craft beer, people’s stupidity at the Fair, and the fact that we can charge a TON of money by saying it’s new, we’re going to use craft beer to make onion rings and screw everyone out of their hard earned cash because they’re sheep! This is just pain wrong.
4. Mancini’s Classic Char-Grilled Garlic Toast
- What better way to make a KILLING financially than grilling a bunch of bread with butter and garlic and sell it for $5+ while grinning that the public is actually buying it because it’s “new”.
5. Fried Pickles and Chocolate
- Fried pickles were a new thing at the fair a new years ago and while they weren’t done well at all there, why not make them disgusting by having people dip them in chocolate?! If you can’t compete with decent food, you can’t really make it cheap and trick people into eating it (Mancini’s) then you do the next best thing–make it gross but partially edible.
You know, this is just awful. There wasn’t a single item on there that I said to myself, “that’s actually new or interesting and worth my time.” In fact, on Twitter and Facebook I wondered if we could just do away with almost all of the traditional Minnesota State Fair vendors and replace them with food truck vendors from around the country. Want to talk about new and interesting? Tasting good and really being worth your admission price + the cost of food? That would be it.
What do you think about the new Minnesota State Fair food in 2013? Are any of these at all interesting to you and why? What about the food truck idea? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.