As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes.There is no better celebration of all things Minnesota than the State Fair. From the green and yellow beauty of Machinery Hill to the piles of fried edibles, it's enough t ... More >>
A young man in a University of Wisconsin tank top (henceforth known as Wisconsin bro) took extreme measures to cool himself off at the State Fair over the weekend.SEE ALSO: State Fair knockout: Police officer gets kicked in the head [VIDEO]As captured in an Instagram video posted on Sunday, with doz ... More >>
Although their 1997 heyday was a long time ago, Hanson have managed to avoid the boy band curse and they still make music that actually means something. The brothers are set to play the MN State Fair on Monday and Tuesday at the Leinie Lodge, and "Mmmbop" will most likely be in the mix, but the men ... More >>
The Great Minnesota Get Together can be a bit much to bite off. Trying to pack all that eating and gawking into one day -- it's never easy. This year, to kick things off, we decided to put the pedal to the metal and see just how much we could hit first off and fast. We rolled in at 11:00 a.m. today, ... More >>
As the countdown to the Great Minnesota get-together winds down, we're readying our stomachs for the fried-goodies and onslaught to pronto pups. For those of us who eschew gluten, the Northland Celiacs Support Group has pulled together a comprehensive list of all the gluten-free options at the fair. ... More >>
The State Fair is literally right around the corner and Stillwater's premier craft brewer, Liftbridge Brewing Co., has announced that they've got a little something special planned for this years festivities. Instead of launching another tired (yet loved) on-a-stick inspired food item, the folks at ... More >>
One of the Iowa State Fair's iconic attractions was vandalized by a group called Iowans for Animal Liberation early yesterday morning.SEE ALSO: Bryan Hathaway, Duluth-area dead deer sexer, allegedly assaults officer at Wal Mart The group left the fair's butter cow covered in red paint with "FREEDOM ... More >>
One day after Gov. Dayton proposed a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, State Fair officials announced that smokers will be huddled into pens starting with this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.FROM OCTOBER: State smoking ban turns five today In other words, smoking continues down the ... More >>
See also:-- New flu strain acquired through contact with pigs-- State Fair pigs examined, none sent home due to flu concerns-- Second case of pig-borne flu reported in Minnesota-- Fourth case of pig-borne flu linked to State FairTwo cases of flu strain H3N2 have been linked to the Minnesot ... More >>
Another fine week of food and drink news has flown by as quickly as a summer day. Here's a few recent stories we wouldn't want you to miss.~ We take a whirlwind tour of the MN State Fair food stands and share our adventures in this story, as well as a delicious slideshow.~Also reporti ... More >>
See also: MN State Fair food adventures by the dozen MN State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testicles Let's face it, some foods at the State Fair feel more like dares than actual entrees. You hear about them so much that a legend builds around the food that is almost impossible for th ... More >>
See also:-- New flu strain acquired through contact with pigs-- State Fair pigs examined, none sent home due to flu concernsMinnesota has recorded its second case of the flu that had State Fair workers examining 250 pigs last week as a precaution.
Jeremy Messersmith is the darling of MPR, so it seems fitting to include him in the lineup for the Grandstand show featuring MN Music On-a-Stick on MPR Day. Ahead of his Supper Club tour, where he will be taking over willing people's yards and living rooms around the country, the singer will be maki ... More >>
See also:Minnesota Cooks brings something rare to the fair - gourmet cookingMinnesota State Fair's newest foods: Camel burgers and lamb testiclesFor the last 10 years Minnesota Cooks, a local organization affiliated with the Minnesota Farmers Union, has held cooking demonstrations, discussions, and ... More >>
Related:Dawes leads Minnesota State Fair free shows lineupKiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsJust when you thought they'd put everything on a stick already, local star power combines for this year's MN Music On-A-Stick show at the Minnesota State Fair.As you can see at right, ... More >>
While we wouldn't necessarily put ice cream and beer together (that beer/ice cream float idea is better in theory than practice) we don't mind that our Week in Food begins with free ice cream and ends at the State Fair Grounds sucking down 85-plus premium brews. 6/12 This sounds like the best idea ... More >>
The 2012 State Fair poster has been released, and put it this way -- you probably won't want to plaster it on little Johnny's wall. Under the cold gaze of a gigantic rooster, he'd probably wake up in the middle of the night with cold sweats.The poster, which the normally staid Minneapolis/St. Paul B ... More >>
Photos by Steve CohenDr. John and the Lower 911 September 2, 2011 Minnesota State Fair Leinie Lodge Bandshell On the first of two nights on the Leinie Lodge Bandshell stage at the Minnesota State Fair, Dr. John and his three-piece back-up band, the Lower 911, wasted no time getting the party ... More >>
Minnesota State Fair fans are not afraid of gay marriage.There aren't many places more heterosexual than the Minnesota State Fair: Jean shorts and sandals with socks are worn without irony; everything is fried, put on-a-stick, and fried again; and young married couples walk around with whole broo ... More >>
WTMJ MilwaukeePaul Captain faces a hate crime charge for his e-mails.Paul Captain has been charged with a hate crime for threatening, racist e-mails he sent to Wisconsin State Fair spokeswoman Patrice Harris. Captain saw Harris, who is black, speaking on television about the violent, racial ... More >>
KCCI's Eric Hanson tries deep-fried butter at the Iowa State Fair.It's made its way to the Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, and Iowa State Fairs. Even something called the Canadian National Exhibition has served it. Paula freaking Dean has a recipe for the stuff. But, alas, there's no deep fried bu ... More >>
Fox6Now.comCell phone image of the Wisconsin State Fair violenceThe Wisconsin State Fair police have released the names of 23 people arrested in connection with last week's mob violence. More than half are under age 18. Anthony J. Oblak, 39, is the oldest of the 23 people arrested. Oblak and Ed ... More >>
James Rogers could get two years in a prison without delicious cookies.A registered sex offender, dressed up as Cookie Monster, greeted children as they entered the Mississippi Valley Fair in Iowa.James Rogers, 25, was arrested Friday for his creepy costume, which was actually part of his job, ac ... More >>
St. Paul Summer Beer Fest kicks off the summer seasonThe summer beer festival season kicks off this Saturday, June 25, with the St. Paul Summer Beer Fest. In its third year, this is the biggest and best organized of all the Twin Cities' summer celebrations of suds. Formerly held in the parkin ... More >>
Minnesota Prairie RootsThe State Fair gets a hot and sweet kick.Last Friday, the Minnesota State Fair announced which new foods will be debuting on the Midway this year. And while newcomers Jamaican jerk fries and crab fritters sound delicious, we're making the most room in our fair schedule to ... More >>
The Minnesota State Fair may be over, but there are still opportunities to visit the fairgrounds. So if Princess Kay of the Milky Way isn't your idea of a celebrity and seed art isn't desirable memorabilia to you, then perhaps the Classic Movie and Music Memorabilia show and sale may be more ... More >>
Cheesy, greasy, salty, melted loveIt's hard to imagine now, as you nurse that case of curd-induced gut rot, that there could ever be a time when Dan Patch Avenue won't smell like deep-fried cheese. But in less than a week your curd cravings will have to be addressed outside the fair's walls, ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerRosanne Cash August 31, 2010 Minnesota State Fair, Leinie Lodge Bandshell On a summer night that brought two of music's biggest female artists to stages in St. Paul - Carrie Underwood at the State Fair Grandstand, and Lady Gaga at the Xcel Energy Center - it was on a thi ... More >>
Via Bachmann for CongressMichele Bachmann, intellectual property thiefIt's one thing for Michele Bachmann to drape herself in the American flag. But if she's going to try to drape herself in the mantle of the State Fair, she's going to have to contend with trademark law.
The Great Minnesota Eat-TogetherThe main question we get asked when people learn we go to the MN State Fair four times each year is, "What do you do there?" When we learn that some people only go for a couple hours and then leave, we ask them, "How do you possibly see everything in such a sho ... More >>
These are the best new fair foods we sampled.We put on our most obnoxious-sloganed T-shirt, slathered up with sunscreen, and braved the crowds to find out how this year's new Minnesota State Fair food options stacked up to our predictions. Here are our picks on what's worth stretching the ela ... More >>
Michelle BruchFrom the fair to the mall: Minnesota-raised turkeys.A State Fair staple is now open for lunch on Nicollet Mall, serving slow-roasted turkey drumsticks and giant turkey sandwiches. You can't miss it--the Turkey To Go truck is in a prime spot at Eighth and Nicollet. (At the Stat ... More >>
You want to see the greats of rock 'n roll - the McCartneys, the Jaggers, the Springsteens of the world - and you're gonna pay outta yer ear to see a dinosaur lookin' oh-so-tiny from your nosebleed seats in a giant arena. How 'bout this instead: avoid the arenas, say to hell with rock 'n roll, a ... More >>
www.wikipedia.comWTF is Cincinnati Chili doing at the Minnesota State Fair?Yes, the list of new foods to debut at the 2010 Minnesota State Fair has been released, and on it are a few items that sound like clunkers at best, train wrecks at worst. Here are five new foods that the Hot Dish is fe ... More >>
The comic-crazed month of May has plenty in store.
Minnesota corporation mistakenly sells "Illegal Alien" costume
We're so proud: The Minnesota State Fair beat the all-time attendance record set in 2001.
Be prepared for all sorts of "aw-shucks" state fair jokes that will surely have your food baby rolling.
Two-hundred happy people gathered under a tent in the pouring rain Friday, iPhones and Blackberrys unholstered and ready, clapping and cheering for chocolate covered bacon.
Conan's reaction: "I've long dreamed of this. But I never thought I'd see it happen."
Iowa can't take the heat, calls it quits on Michael Jackson butter sculpture plans.