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The fair in your county or state may only come around once a year (and may have sadly been postponed this year), but most summers people flock to the grounds to enjoy the best state fair food. There’s usually livestock involved, rides, fireworks and unique gifts, but let’s be serious: it’s about the food.
Many memories are made, but the food that you tried is what sticks in your mind year-round. The Minnesota State Fair—one of the biggest in the United States—averages more than 2 million guests annually and a ton of food is consumed over the span of 300 concession stands. Each year, new concoctions and deep-fried foods show up. There are the tried-and-true foods-on-a-stick, delicious twists on fan favorites, cultural dishes, decadent over-the-top desserts and maybe, just maybe a healthy bite here and there. Some foods you’ll see year after year at your local fair and others will be just plain unique, weird or uncommon, but fun to try!
This year, both the Texas and Minnesota state fairs, two of the largest fairs in the United States, plan to be open and sharing all the fun foods you come to expect when visiting. The Texas State Fair is Fri, Sep 24, 2021 to Sun, Oct 17, 2021 and will feature an Armadillo Cookie Butter Ice Cream Sandwich and Chicken Fried Bacon.
The Minnesota State Fair runs Thursday, Aug. 26 through Labor Day (that’s Monday, Sept. 6) and highlights foods from the midwest, along with a Wild Rice Burger, Pickle Dog and don’t forget a Mini Donut Beer if you’re 21+!
Most Popular State Fair Foods
Here’s a list of 10 of the most popular state fair foods you’ll encounter around the US:
- Deep Fried Oreos
- Fried Chicken in a Waffle Cone
- Deep Fried Snickers
- Pizza Cone
- Cannoli Dessert Nachos
- Deep Fried PB&J
- Corn in a Cup
- Turkey Legs
- Deep Fried Cheese Curds
- Cookie Fries
Even if you’re avoiding state fairs due to Covid this year, you can still make the best state fair food at home! Whether it’s a sweet dessert, a savory dish or a fun appetizer, these state fair recipes can be made in your own kitchen and enjoyed in your own backyard. Fair recipes can also be taken to your next potluck as a fun way to do a small-scale, more intimate fair.
While we will always have a love of fairs, sometimes avoiding the lines, crowds and humid temps just for the food isn’t worth it. Instead, have groceries delivered to your door, prepare a few simple recipes in the comfort of your kitchen and enjoy the first bite of just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies, Navajo Tacos or food in a cup, without anyone bumping into you or asking you to share!
About the Author:
Megan is the content creator behind Pip and Ebby. She loves preparing and eating delicious food, but what she truly loves is this: making your life easier. Creating recipes that make things easier, yummier, healthier or more colorful or inspiring for you is what keeps her moving in the kitchen. On her blog you’ll find comfort food, meals that can be put together quickly and a ton of great Instant Pot and slow cooker meals, as well as show-stopping desserts.