Yesterday the Minnesota State Fair released the yearly list of new food items. While I have covered this in years past (2011, 2010, 2009), this year isn’t any more exciting than any other year has been.
According to the Minnesota State Fair 2012 New Foods List there will be 34 new items available from a large cross-section of vendors. Favorites and newbies alike are delivering fair foods which fair goers will pay too much money for and likely be very disappointed after eating.
While I am not about to list them all as you can get them and their descriptions and locations on the Great Minnesota Get Together’s website linked above, I have highlighted those that I think may be winners and big losers.
Bacon Ice Cream
Location: Rainbow Ice Cream.
Who doesn’t like bacon? Who doesn’t like ice cream (aside from me)? Put them together and this salty/sweet treat has the ability to take top honors this year!
Camel Burger Sliders (Available Aug. 31-Sept. 1 only.)
Location: Safari Express in Taste of Midtown Global Market located in the International Bazaar.
When it’s fresh, camel meat is tender and delicious while retaining many of the characteristics of beef. On top of that it’s high in protein (to help power you through the rest of your eating excursion) and it’s low in fat which can help to counteract the rest of the fried foods people are likely to consume during their fair visit.
Classic Walleye Roll
Location: Giggle’s Campfire Grill located on Cooper St. and Lee Ave. in The North Woods
Giggle’s routinely puts out decent new products each year and with a decided lack of options which are hearty and meaty, hopefully this one will be a winner like the Sunnies in a Boat from 2009 instead of the flop-worthy Walleye Cakes from 2011.
Great Balls of Fire
Location: Sausage Sisters located in the Food Building.
If the Great Balls of Fire live up to their name and deliver some kick instead of simply being boring Minnesota-like hush puppies, these have the potential to be a real noteworthy treat.
- French Dog
Location: Sonny’s Spiral Spuds located in the Food Building.
The baguettes wrapping the three-choice (French Dog, smoked bratwurst or smoked jalapeno & pepper jack) sausages look dry and boring. With so many people insisting on eating the absolutely terrible Pronto-Pups every year, these could find themselves on the discount rack for 2013.
Location: Famous Dave’s located on the corner of West Dan Patch Ave. and Liggett St.
Famous Dave’s has a real knack for delivering tasting sounding cheap pieces of meat for too high a price. 2009’s Peach Glazed Pig Cheeks (last photo) were decent for the first few but got a little sickly sweet towards the end. Could these Ankles compete with the spectacular Cankle Failure of Ansari’s in Eagan? I’m betting not.
Spaghetti Eddie’s Super Stick
Location: Spaghetti Eddie’s located at Dan Patch Ave. and Cooper St.
A Pronto-Pup on steroids, this is going to be a big pass and with a name concocting visuals I prefer not to have when thinking of Fair food, I can’t imagine this one will be worth the newcomer prices.
Location: Shanghaied Henri’s located in the International Bazaar.
Poorly made sushi, likely subpar compared to even your grocer’s deli counter, does not belong anywhere at the Minnesota State Fair. Period. End of story.
Not Really Sure:
- Lamb Fries
Location: Holy Land Deli located in the International Bazaar, southeast corner.
Traditional Middle Eastern dish of lamb testicles marinated with Holy Land spices. Served grilled with sautéed onions or deep fried in a crumb coating and served with traditional dill sauce.
While Rocky Mountain Oysters are a novelty that many may flock to after too many $8 Surly’s in the sun, I’m not 100% positive these will be as successful as other Holy Land brick and mortar options. Personally, I’ve always been disappointed in Holy Land’s Fair offerings but I’m guessing the simple fact that people will want to eat testicles to say they’ve done it may give these a better chance that they’re probably worth.
Now that you have a good overview of new foods are coming to the 2012 Minnesota State Fair and you had a chance to look through them all, what do you think of the items listed? Are there any you are going to rush to try this year? Do you agree or disagree with any of the thoughts I’ve listed for the handpicked items above? Any from the full list you think will fall into the “Winners” or “Losers” category? Whatever you have to say about the new foods at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair this year, go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.