Sundae sammies, pickle pizza: New Minnesota State Fair foods are here

New foods at 2022 Minnesota State Fair
The Sundae Sammie from Jammy Sammies by Brim is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It's described as a "grilled sandwich with cinnamon bread, Minnesota strawberry jam, vanilla cream, fresh strawberries, whipped cream, toasted peanuts, confetti sprinkles and flaked sea salt." Gluten-free and vegan options are available.
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There’s gonna be a lot more ice cream at the Minnesota State Fair when the gates open August 25. 

The fair unveiled its new foods Tuesday, the annual preview of the dizzying array of new eating and drinking options at the 12-day gathering and eat-a-thon.

Think Cotton Candy Float (at German Root Beer and Popcorn), Deep Fried Ice Cream (Snack House in Warner Coliseum) and a licorice-infused Grey Duck sundae at Bridgeman’s. 

But newcomer Union Hmong Kitchen also has a take on frozen desserts: Dej Qab Zib, a coconut lychee colada made with a blend of coconut milk, lychee syrup, lime and mint served over ice. And perennial headliner Hot Indian will have Kulfi, an Indian-style ice cream made with condensed milk, nuts and spices. It'll be available in three flavors: almond, cashew and pistachio; mango; and saffron, almond and pistachio.

They’re takes on a theme for this year’s fair: a decidedly more diverse palette of foods for increasingly diverse Minnesota and its biggest single annual event. 

New foods at 2022 Minnesota State Fair
Soulsicle from new vendor Soul Bowl is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It's described as "fried chicken on-a-stick topped with candied yam sauce, cornbread crumble, mac-and-cheese seasoned cheddar cheese, hot sauce and green onions."
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New vendor Soul Bowl, in the food building, will have a Soulsicle: Fried chicken on-a-stick topped with candied yam sauce, cornbread crumble, mac-and-cheese seasoned, cheddar cheese, hot sauce and green onions. 

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The Herbivorous Butcher will have plant-based vegan versions of fair comfort food: fried chicken and chicken fried steak, with gravy and Texas toast. 

New foods at 2022 Minnesota State Fair
The Concha Bacon Burger from Aldo's is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It's described as an "all-beef patty with raspberry aioli, lettuce, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapeños and bacon served on a concha, a traditional Mexican sweet bread roll."
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All told there are more than three dozen official new foods and eight new vendors at the fair, which already has nearly 500 menu items at about 300 places around the grounds. 

And of course, if you’re going to have ice cream, you better bring the cake: Longstanding stalwart Hamline Dining Hall has turned to local ice cream shop La Michoacana Rose for a new Birthday Cake Paleta, a frozen Mexican dessert on a stick, made with chunks of birthday cake. Mancini’s is rolling out its own cake on a stick option as well — but with an option to add edible short text messages to the decoration. 

New foods at 2022 Minnesota State Fair
The Tot Dog from LuLu's Public House is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It's described as an "all-beef hot dog dipped in corn dog batter, rolled in a mixture of minced tater tots, cheddar cheese and onions, then deep-fried."
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Other international options will include Turmeric Ginger Lemon Surprise, a take on lemonade, at West Indies Soul Food; a breakfast take on chilaquiles at Tejas Express; and three versions of traditional Venezuelan arepas from the Midtown Global Market’s Arepa Bar, a new entry at the fair. 

New foods at 2022 Minnesota State Fair
Pickle Pizza from new vendor Rick's Pizza is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It's described as "hand-tossed homemade pizza dough topped with homemade specialty dill ranch sauce, fresh mozzarella and crunchy dill pickles, and finished with dill weed seasoning."
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And it wouldn’t be the fair without some foods of unclear origin: Dill pickle pizza perhaps? Rick’s Pizza will have hand-tossed dough topped with dill ranch sauce, mozzarella cheese and “crunchy dill pickles.”

And Jammy Sammies by Brim will offer a “Sundae Sammie” — a grilled sandwich including cinnamon toast, vanilla cream and strawberry jam. 

Find the complete list of new fair foods here.

As always, don’t forget to grab a handful of napkins before they hand over your Great Minnesota Get Together indulgences. Maybe bring a clean shirt, too. 

New foods at 2022 Minnesota State Fair
Sweet Potato Poutine from The Blue Barn is among the new foods to be offered at the 2022 Minnesota State Fair. It's described as "sweet potato waffle fries topped with cheese curds, Beyond chorizo sausage, turmeric gravy, pico de gallo and fresh cilantro."
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