Minnesotans came out to the fair in record numbers on Sunday and Monday, although it wasn't enough to make up for an overall decline in attendance compared to past years.SEE ALSOControversial crop art at the Minnesota State Fair: Who decides what's OK to display?Al Franken busted out the ol' U.S. ma ... More >>
In its ongoing quest to stun fair-goers' taste buds into a stupor from which it takes a full year to recover, the Great Minnesota Get-Together has announced 47 new foods on this year's fair menu. See Also: - MN State Fair food adventures by the dozen: From poutine and bacon ice cream to sweety ball ... More >>
The Great Minnesota Get-Together already offers sensory overload, from the dozens of rides to the seemingly endless supply of food items on a stick. But as if it weren't enough, for 2013, the State Fair will add 28 new exhibits and attractions.See Also: - MN State Fair 2013 Grandstand adds Train, t ... More >>
The late-summer magnet for music fans that is the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand has just widened its offerings. New concerts packed into the late-summer blast of live, outdoor spirit have a distinctly nostalgic vibe with the additions of Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Smash Mouth, Sammy Ha ... More >>
See Also: Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy at the Minnesota State Fair, 9/1/12 Sound Unseen 12: From Sid & Nancy to Sigur Ros The 13th Annual Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art Festival has just announced the dates, film lineup, and venues participating in this year's festivities. Sound Unseen will r ... 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 >>
During State Fair season, the Week in Food practically writes itself; after all, who wants to miss out on all that short-term greasy goodness? Fear not though, we've got plenty of other things to recommend if you've hit critical mass regarding food on a stick. 8/27 It doesn't get much more Minneso ... More >>
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 >>
It's the Week in Food we wait for all year: Minnesota State Fair time. But man cannot live on grease alone, so we've packed this week's listings with everything from fair events to charity happy hours so you can spread out your gorging. 8/21 Tuesday night from 7 to 8:30 the Edina Barnes and Noble ... 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 >>
Related:Kiss, Motley Crue lead Minnesota State Fair 2012 offeringsDawes at First Avenue, 11/4/11Although the Minnesota State Fair has done a fairly good job of packing in some variety for its Grandstand shows, the free entertainment this year should pull a hefty crowd this late August/early Septembe ... More >>
Minnesota State Fair: Glitter-bombed from above.Not even the Minnesota State Fair is safe from glitter-bombers. The Great Minnesota Get-Together attracted the attention of gay activists this weekend by allowing anti-gay marriage group Minnesota for Marriage to set up a booth at the fair. Local ... More >>
Photo by Erik HessAs part of our ongoing coverage of music at the Minnesota State Fair, we sent photographer Erik Hess to catch salsa kingpin Marc Anthony in the Grandstand last night -- and he returned with some incredible images. Click here for Erik's full slideshow, and see below for links to ... More >>
Avoid the chaos and the crowds, but still get your curds and corn dogs. Only a few days left to enjoy the Minnesota State Fair ... or not. If you're having a hankering for fried foods on a stick but can't bear traipsing through the stinky barns and stepping over the horse-plop-and-Sweet Mar ... More >>
Happy Labor Day weekend! Some may call this the unofficial end of summer, but let's not be hasty. We still have a few weeks of warm weather left, and you can even relive the best of summer by catching up on our most popular Hot Dish posts, including guides to the State Fair, a look at Minneso ... More >>
Surly Furious is among the local beers headed to this year's MN State FairIn past years the craft brew selection at the Minnesota State Fair has been fairly limited. There was Summit and ... well there was Summit. Not that Summit is a bad choice, but a little more variety would be welcome. Ma ... More >>
We love a peacock remodel!The Hot Dish loves giving you tidbits of food news, whether it's original food ventures or changing digs for old favorites. This week was all about shiny, brand-new locations, plans, taprooms (yea!), treats, and ways to mix sodas. Here's our round-up of first looks and f ... 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 >>
MN State Fair announces this year's new foods!Each year's list of new Minnesota State Fair foods should inspire two responses: excitement about sampling some cool new items and jealousy that you weren't the one who came up with the genius idea in the first place. In the past, we've looked to ... More >>
While it seems like tempting fate to already start looking forward to the tail end of summer, the Minnesota State Fair free stage lineups should help us ease our way into the beginning of September. On the lineup this year are early-'80s Prince cohorts Morris Day and the Time, Johnny Cash's longt ... 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 >>
Mo PerryThe State Fair is the only place where even something as nutritious sounding as mixed fruit can be deep fried, impaled with a stick, and transformed into a heart attack waiting to happen. No one expects to leave the fair feeling like they just finished the Master Cleanse, but surely the ... More >>
Butter heads up!The Wall Street Journal looked into butter head carving at the Minnesota State Fair, and taught us five fun facts about our favorite edible sculptures: 1. The dairy industry has used butter carvings since the 1890s, but most large butter sculptures today are molded over a woo ... More >>
A s'more whoopie makes a far better marriage than corn dog pizza. The Minnesota State Fair has started, which means summer is sadly on its way out, and along with it prime camping season. So I was especially pleased to extend the season with this s'more whoopie pie I discovered in the Common ... More >>
Cheese curds and smart phones mix at the State FairHere's a fun way to get your geek on this year at the Minnesota State Fair: Navigate your way to the fair's smart phone web application. Let's say you want to find cheese curds -- not that this much of a problem at the fair, but stay with us ... 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 >>
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 >>
There's never a dull moment for the members of Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Don't worry, folks. Your bacon is totally safe.
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.
"One of the few things you can do at the Minnesota State Fair that leaves you feeling better AFTER you're finished."
Need a reason to go the Minnesota State Fair? We've got one.
The Great Minnesota Get-Together is upon us.
Conan's reaction: "I've long dreamed of this. But I never thought I'd see it happen."
Today I head back from my hometown's county fair; cheap Sparks and heckling Blake Shelton made for a rough three nights.
After a dip into the social media universe last summer with Facebook, the Minnesota State Fair has now entered the Twitterverse. Cue Twighlight Zone music.
Local TV news groupies, hormone-charged Midway mavens, and that old fall feeling