Get Ready for Another Minnesota State Fair Food Parade

An autumn-themed parade returns during two weekends in October
Sweet Martha’s Cookies keep ’em coming back

Photo by Jason DeRusha

In lieu of an actual Minnesota State Fair, organizers put together the Food Parade for a drive-through, COVID-safe feast at the fairgrounds. It was so popular that the experience will return October 1-4 and 8-11. This time, though, the menu embraces the flavors of fall.

According to a press release, the autumnal offerings include:

  • Brie and cranberry topping option on Turkey to Go sandwiches
  • Polish sausages and sauerkraut at Butcher Boys/Pitchfork Sausage
  • Pumpkin spice funnel cakes and fried Oreos with pumpkin spice cream dipping sauce, plus hot apple cider, at The Hangar
  • Deep-fried pickles and hot cider at Cheese On-A-Stick and Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
  • Deep-fried pumpkin and apple pies with cinnamon ice cream at Minneapple Pie

Traditionalists need not fret. It’s not all seasonal. Also on the route: Fresh French Fries, Mouth Trap Cheese Curds, Que Viet, Sweets & Treats, Pronto Pups, Tom Thumb Donuts, West Indies Soul Food, Hansen’s Foot Long Hot Dogs & Corn Dogs, Giggles’ Campfire Grill, El Sol Mexican Foods, and—naturally—Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar.

To buy a Fall Food Parade vehicle ticket, register here for the vehicle ticket lottery by Thursday, Sept. 17, at noon. The lucky souls will hear back at 8 a.m. Monday, September 21. It’s $20 per car, and a whole range of menu items and details can be found at the State Fair’s website.

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