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Best State Fair Food

Cheese curds

Okay, you win. Every year we try to find a different winner for this most subjective category, highlighting lesser-known delights such as sunflower-honey ice cream or extolling the virtues of old favorites like roasted corn on the cob. And every year, readers vote in the same champion: the old, faithful, artery-clogging curds of cheese available throughout the fairgrounds. We're willing to concede that the deep-fried cheese curds served at the State Fair are somehow better than those at all the other summer festivals big and small. Maybe it's about timing, because with State Fair curds, the batter is always crisp and the cheese filling melted just past the point of squeakiness. It's something we can look forward to investigating in August, but please, let's share an order. We couldn't possibly finish a whole one and still have room for an elk burger, salted cashew roll, and chocolate malt.

Best State Fair Food (2015) O'Gara's Pretzel Curds

Best State Fair Food (2013) Classic Walleye Roll at Giggles Campfire Grill

Best Tourist Attraction (2012) Minnesota State Fair

Best State Fair Food (2012) Sweet corn ice cream at Blue Moon Dine-in theater

Best State Fair Food (2009) Corn on the cob

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD (2010) Pig Lickers

BEST NON-FOOD THING ABOUT THE STATE FAIR (2010) Feeling better about your lot in life

BEST STATE FAIR FOOD (2008) Walleye on a stick

Best State Fair Food (2019) Garlic Fries at the Ball Park Cafe

Best State Fair Food (2020) Jalapeño Cheese Curds at Miller’s Flavored Cheese Curds

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