July 12, 2022

Minnesota State Fair New Foods List 2022 and my picks

It is here! The Mother of all media announcements that we foodies wait for all year! The State Fair Foods 2022 List of new vendors and new foods.

Here are some of the new foods I am looking forward to as well as a list of all the new food vendors, their offerings and locations.

All 📸 compliments of the Minnesota State Fair

Baba’s Hummus Bowls– Beauty and the Buffalo:
I really liked their offerings last year and appreciate their thoughtfully Instagramable food booth. What’s not to love about Buffalo Chicken?
Beauty and the Buffalo bowl features ranch hummus, buffalo chicken, crumbled blue cheese, scallions, buffalo sauce, and buffalo dust, served with pita puffs. 
At Baba’s, located on the east side of Underwood Street between Lee and Randall avenues, just south of Little Farm Hands
Mancini’s al Fresco Celebration Cake On-A-Stick:
It’s hard to think the lines for this won’t be a mile long with all the nostalgia folks have wrapped up in the fair. I know my sister isn’t the only one who got engaged on that giant Ferris wheel at the Midway. This is clever, a great idea, and will be mobbed.
White cake infused with almond flavoring and decorated with white frosting. This mini version of Mancini’s house cake can be personalized on-site with a short text to celebrate a favorite fair fan or special occasion.
At Mancini’s al Fresco, located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets
Chilaquiles Breakfast (pronounced chee-leh kee-lehs):
I love Chilaquiles so this pile of tasty goodness will be a home run for me. I typically like all that Tejas has to offer and their building has some awesome karaoke and stage shows too in a cool shaded building for those hot days.
Fried corn tortilla strips sauteed with guajillo (pronounced gwa-HEE-yo) chile salsa and topped with scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, cotija (pronounced kuh-TEE-huh) cheese, avocado and crema (pronounced KREH-muh).
At Tejas Express, located in The Garden, north wall
Gray Duck Sundae:
Bridgeman’s Black Licorice Ice Cream – done – I am sold.
Bridgeman’s Black Licorice Ice Cream topped with marshmallow cream, crunchy mini marshmallows, whipped cream and a cherry.
At Bridgeman’s Ice Cream, located on the northeast corner of Judson Avenue and Liggett Street
Tandoor-Fired Jerk Chicken Mini’zza (pronounced tahn-DUER):
I am a big fan of West Indies Sweet Potato jerk hand pies and jerk wings so0 this should be good.
White chicken meat, bell pepper, onion medley, whole milk mozzarella cheese and West Indies Soul Food’s signature Jamaican Jerk Sauce on a buttermilk naan crust baked in a tandoor oven.
At West Indies Soul Food, located at the International Bazaar, south wall
Tot Dog at LuLu’s Public House :
You had me at dipped hot dog.
All-beef hot dog dipped in corn dog batter, rolled in a mixture of minced tater tots, cheddar cheese and onions, then deep-fried.
At LuLu’s Public House, located at West End Market, south of Schilling Amphitheater
Union Hmong Kitchen Mov + Nqaij (Rice + Meat) (Mov pronounced mah and Nqaii pronounced ngoy):
Yia makes fantastic sausages and condiments and that rice is awesome too. Welcome to the fair Yia Vang!
Purple sticky rice with choice of sauce, including Krunchy Chili Oil (dried Thai chilis, garlic, shallots), Lemongrass Scallion Dressing (lemongrass, ginger, garlic, shallots), and Tiger Bite (Thai chilis, garlic, shallots, cilantro, fish sauce, oyster sauce, lime juice); plus, choice of skewered and grilled meat, including Hmong Sausage (house-made coarse-ground pork sausage link with Krunchy Chili Oil), Hilltribe Chicken Thigh (ginger, lemongrass), or Lemongrass Turmeric Tofu (marinated in a lemongrass and turmeric blend). (All items gluten-free; vegan options available)
At Union Hmong Kitchen*, located at the International Bazaar, south wall, west corner
*New Vendor
Minnesota Farmers Union Coffee Shop Pork Schnitzel Sandwich:
This looks unassuming but with a crispy pork cutlet and farm-fresh ingredients and their history of tasty new foods you won’t be disappointed by this sandwich.  Breaded and deep-fried Minnesota pork loin topped with pickled cabbage and served with mustard mayo on a toasted bun.
At Minnesota Farmers Union Coffee Shop, located on the north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Cooper and Cosgrove streets 
New Food Vendor Description Vendor/Location
Arepa Bar (pronounced


Serving official new foods – arepas in three varieties, including Pulled Pork (pork shoulder, shredded cheddar, cabbage, carrots, green onions, parsley); The Queen (pulled chicken and avocado puree, mozzarella, arugula); and Vegan (black beans, fried sweet plantains, cabbage, carrots, green onions, parsley). Plus, Papelón con Limón, a cold beverage made with unrefined cane sugar and fresh-squeezed lime juice.


At Midtown Global Market’s Arepa Bar*, located in the Taste of the Midtown Global Market booth at the International Bazaar, east wall

(Available Aug. 31-Sept. 5 only)


*New Vendor

Bridge n’ Barrel Root Beer From two locations, serving Lift Bridge Root Beer, Lift Bridge Black Cherry Soda, pink lemonade and assorted other sodas. At Bridge n’ Barrel Root Beer*, located on the north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets and on the northwest corner of Carnes Avenue and Underwood Street


*New Vendor


The Herbivorous Butcher (pronounced


The Herbivorous Butcher serves the official new food Two Vegan Entrees – Poultrygeist (fried chicken topped with sausage gravy and french fried onions on buttery Texas toast) and Steak-xorcist (chicken fried steak topped with sausage gravy and french fried onions on buttery Texas toast). Plus, Monster Mash combines Poultrygeist and Steak-xorcist in the same boat.


At The Herbivorous Butcher*, located in the Food Building, center section, north wall


*New Vendor


Nautical Bowls Will serve four fresh superfood bowls: Anchor Bowl (açaí (pronounced ah-sah-EE), granola, banana, coconut flakes, cashew cacao butter); Nauti Bowl (açaí, pitaya, granola, banana, cacao nibs, peanut butter); Paddle Bowl (Blue Majik, mango, coconut, granola, strawberries, coconut flakes, honey); and Sunset Bowl (ube (pronounced ooh-beh), blood orange, granola, blueberries, coconut flakes, honey). Ingredients are organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, and contain zero refined sugars.


At Nautical Bowls*, located in the Food Building, west section, south wall


*New Vendor


Rick’s Pizza Serving official new food Pickle Pizza (hand-tossed homemade pizza dough topped with homemade specialty dill ranch sauce, fresh mozzarella and crunchy dill pickles, and finished with dill weed seasoning), plus cheese, pepperoni and sausage pizza and assorted beverages.


At Rick’s Pizza*, located on the west side of Cosgrove Street between Wright and Dan Patch avenues


*New Vendor