The Great Minnesota Get Together is Almost Here! #GreatMNBlogTogether

Earlier this week, I sent my older sister, Sarah, to cover the #GreatMNBlogTogether sneak preview at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds earlier this week. Here’s a little peek at what she learned and saw [and TASTED] while there.

In just a short period of time, the Great Minnesota Get Together begins. I am one who always goes for the food. THEN I received a text that asked it I wanted to step in and go try some of the foods coming out and share my experience and I was excited to say the least.

The event was held in the History and Heritage Center and if you haven’t been in this building I’d highly suggest checking it out, it’s full of great things to see and learn.

While there pick up the 2018 Minnesota State Fair History Walk pamphlet. It’s free and when you complete it bring it back for a prize!

While my expectation was that the event and the fair is all about food, I learned it’s about much more. We learned a lot about the food vendors in the past and how they were mostly made up of church or fraternal organizations- now there are only two left.

This year there are 27 new items at the fair to eat. We sampled five of them- from savory to sweet, comfort food to refreshing.

New this year- Anchor Coffee House. They brought us some of their cold brew to try. It was smooth and their vanilla cream gave just the right amount of sweet to the coffee. You can find them outside Ramberg Music Cafe on Underwood Street between Carnes and Judson.

After we had our coffee, we needed some breakfast. Hamline Church Dining Hall will be serving up some Banana Fosters French Toast this year. Located on the north side of Dan Patch Avenue between Underwood and Cooper Street. This specialty will only be available until 10 a.m. each day of the fair.

Time for lunch! You’ll need to head over to the Food Building for this one. Sausage Sister & Me is located on the East Wall. Here you will find the UpNorth Puff Pasty. This is a delightful puffy crust filled with everything you could imagine. A porketta sausage, cheese curds, grain mustard and chopped dill pickles. It’s sprinkled with salt and pepper and baked to perfection. This is the perfect item for lunch!

Next up is dinner and this one was my favorite one to try. It’s a BBQ Split consisting of a scoop of pull pork, a scoop of mac and cheese [they offer gluten free!] and coleslaw. This is available at Midtown Global Market’s Mama D’s. They are located in the Taste of Midtown Global Market booth in the International Bazaar. THIS IS IMPORTANT–> They will only on at the fair the last six days! It was amazing and you don’t want to miss trying this one.

Finally- time for some dessert!

This one is from Sweetie Cakes and is also found in the Food Building. This time over on the South Wall. They have lots of cake options including Black Forest Cake, Birthday Cake and Peanut Butter Cake.

This is only a small view of what is offered the 12 days of the fair and don’t worry my beer loving friends, they also have 27 new beverages for you this year too!

So who’s ready for the Minnesota State Fair?


Back to School with Ridgedale Center GIVEAWAY

It’s almost that time…back to school.

Time to stock up on new clothes and shoes and gear to start the year off. I don’t know about you, but it can be overwhelming making a list of all the necessities. This one needs new shoes, this one needs a new backpack and lunch box and this one has grown out of all of their clothes.

Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka has put together a fun back to school shopping event to help parents check off as much on their back to school checklist as they can in a day. In a sense a way for families to start the new year with some “good vibes”.

Event details:

  • Ridgedale Center 12401 Wayzata Blvd Minnetonka 
  • Saturday, August 18th, 11 am to 3 pm
  • Back to school shopping, styles and trends from stores such as Gap, H&M, American Eagle and more. Grand Opening celebration at Old Navy.
  • Hair and make up demonstrations by Riley Rose, New Reflections, Sephora and All Pro Sports Barbershop.
  • Creative Workshop: Led by illustrator, Cat Coq, where she will teach guest of all ages fun ways to replicate creative lettering.
  • Lots of photo ops, giveaways, free entertainment and more.
  • AND—> Ridgedale Center gift with purchase. For those who spend $50 or more, receive a free “good vibes” tote bag. Spend even more and receive a bag filled with items such as mini notebooks, pop sockets and more.

[Offer available while supplies last. Visit the event on August 18th 11-3 or Mall Management office M-F during office hours through Sept. 7 and present receipts from Ridgedale Center merchants dated in Aug of 2018. Must be 18 or older or have parent/guardian present. Limit one gift per person.More details at]

Ridgedale Center has partnered with me to help spread the news and also give one reader some “Good Vibes” to start the school year off-. One reader will win a $50 gift card [good at ANY Ridgedale Center store or restaurant] and a “good vibes” tote bag and goodies.

You can enter the rafflecopter giveaway right here:

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