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?