It is about time a definitive state fair thread for 2008 gets started dontcha think? I was bored today and drifted over to the website http://www.mnstatefair.org/index.html
and noted that they have a "preliminary" food finder started for this year (subject to changes/updates)
One of the more exciting things that I noted, when looking under the "New" postings, is that it looks like The Midtown Global Market stand will be back, and this year, various vendors will rotate at the stand, selling their wares! (instead of just fruit like last year).
They specifically list Manny's , La Loma, Pham's Deli, and Jakeeno's (which they have hilariously mispelled Jaquenos - lol, not every vendor in the MGMkt is selling hispanic food). It does not specifically state who will be there on each day, but perhaps that is coming, or it will just be a nice surprise! ( I am sure there will be a schedule at the booth too, for those of us who are repeat offenders, er visitors...)
Of course, Big Fat Bacon and Pick Licker have already been discussed in this thread.
It appears that Holy Land will have a booth there as well this year. I don't believe they have had one in the past.
Other new foods listed:
Axel's: Hand made tator tots (made with hashbrowns, chedar cheese, bacon, green onion and sour cream deep and served three on-a-stick) and Chicken bites blackened chicken breast meat served with horseradish sauce
Epiphany Diner: NEW THIS YEAR: walking taco (taco meat, cheese salsa and sour cream served in a Dorito bag of tortilla chips) -Served in the bag?? wierd.
Granny's Cheesecakes: NEW THIS YEAR: Hand dipped cheese cake and strawberry banana kabobs in chocolate (sounds good to me!)
Green Mill: NEW! foot long pizza on-a-stick (bigger is not always better, I'm getting heartburn just reading this)
Isabella's Italian Ice stand - new stand (happy about this as it gives my gluten/dairy fee chowpup another State fair option)
Island noodles - Offering: Hawaian buckwheat stir fried Yaki-Soba noodles with up to twenty-one vegatables, vegetarian product with no dairy, nuts or meat
(this is located in Heritage Square, which seems like a strange location for this type of stand, Bazzar would be more fitting)
O'Gara's : NEW THIS YEAR: Leprechaun legs (lightly-batted deep-fried green beans with dipping sauce)
Ole & Lena's: NEW! Norwegian cheese curds with lingonberry dipping sauce
Oodles of Noodles: NEW THIS YEAR: Deep-fried s'mores on-a-stick (marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker battered and deep fried), Italian breakfast strata, layers of Italian sausage and cheese with Italian bread
Panda Palace: New stand in Bazzar Offering: White and fried rice, lo mein, beef and broccoli, sweet & sour chicken, egg rolls and cream cheese won-tons (Ho-Hum)
The Preferred Pickle: NEW THIS YEAR: Pickle Pop (frozen juice in a plastic push-up sleeve) - intriguing, I used to drink pickle juice straight out of the jar as a child, to me this sounds like it could be refreshing on a hot summer day. But I have a feeling that people are either going to love or hate this, no meh's
San Filipe Tacos New Stand Offering - Fish taco (fried tilapia, cabbage, red onion, red pepper sauce, and salsa in a tortilla), jerk chicken taco (grilled jerk chicken, cheddar cheese, letuce, jerk sauce), beef taco, nachos grande (choice of meat, melted cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa on tortilla chips), side dishes (refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, Mexican style deep fried ice cream, churros)
Sausage Sisters: NEW THIS YEAR: Caribbean jerk seasoned sausage (jerk on-a-stick)
That's it so far for new foods listed for this year.
P.S. I also noted they have some pretty decent music lined up for the Leinie's free bandshell, in particular Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Brandi Carlile
The fair runs from August 21- Sept. 1st, only about 1 month away now!