Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.
Gearing up for the Great Get-together, we're thinking of our gluten free friends
As the countdown to the Great Minnesota Get-Together winds down, we're readying our stomachs for the fried goodies and onslaught of 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.
The full list is available here
. Below are a few highlights.
Café Caribe, Arcade Building (next to the DNR building)
New Grist, Lakefront Brewery's pilsner-style GF beer. That's right: beer. Now, there's a way to start the fair.
Caramel Apple Sundaes, in front of the Grandstand
All kinds of apple delights are safe to consume, including sparkling apple cider floats, caramel apple slices in a dish (with or without ice cream), and root beer floats.
Chicken-N-Chops, on Judson St., by the Dairy Stand
More meat for the meat eaters! Suck on that succulent pork chop or chicken -- served on a stick, but of course.
Corn Roast, by the east side of the Grandstand
Can you call yourself a Minnesota State Fair goer without getting an ear of roasted corn slathered in butter?
Falafel King, food building
Did you know those fried chickpea fritters are gluten-free? It's true. They've also got a Greek salad with chicken or gyro meat. (It's more State Fair-y if you pronounce it JYro).
French Meadow Café, across from WCCO building
Leave it to our friends from Uptown to take good care of the GF sweet teeth. They have vanilla and chocolate as well as lavender cupcakes, brownies, chocolate chip cookies (suck it, Sweet Martha), blueberry muffins, scones, muffins, and savory risotto poppers.
Fried Fruit on a Stick, next to Grandstand ramp
Did we know they had fresh fruit cups? That sounds suspiciously healthy for the fair. Find them here along with fruit smoothies and fruit sundaes with vanilla soft serve.
Fudge Folks, Inc., lower level of the Grandstand
Your grandma called. She's worried you're not eating enough fudge. Get your fix here.
Henry's Old-Fashioned Kettle Korn, next to Giggle's Campfire Grill
That heavenly sweet and smoky scent is hard to resist. Luckily, Kettle Korn is entirely gluten-free.
Key Lime Pie Bar & Island Way Sorbet, next to Skyride
Sample a taste of the tropics with the Island Way, coconut,
pineapple, pina colada, or orange/mango sorbet.
Minnekabob, Food Building
Marinated in Tamari (safe soy sauce), steak, chicken, or buffalo comes grilled and stuck on the ubiquitous stick.
Minnesota Apples, Horticulture Building
Those shiny fruit jewels are just coming into season. Here you can grab apples, apple cider, cider freeze, and applesauce.
O'Gara's, on Dan Patch Street near the main entrance
The St. Paul stalwart will be serving chopped beef steak with onions
and mushrooms and corned beef and cabbage (just make sure you're skipping any bread, le duh). They'll also have gluten-free beer.
San Felipe Tacos, in the Food Building
Just order any of the beef, jerk chicken, or vegetarian tacos on a corn tortilla. They also have nachos and cheese.
Taco King, on Judson Avenue
It's the same deal here with the tacos, and they have toastadas as well as nachos.
Texas Steak Out up on Machinery Hill Across from Little Farm Hands
Check out the tater twister, tater dog, turkey leg, brisket, barbecue beef ribs, sausage on a stick, roasted corn, baked potato, steak chili, Texas steak dinner (just chuck the roll).
Turkey to Go, at 1256 Clough/Next to All You Can Drink Milk
Just order their turkey in a cup or one of those big, honking turkey drumsticks.