Minnesota State Fair Travel Guide

Andrew Zimmern visits the Minnesota State Fair for some of the country's most kitschy and bizarre food. From fried pickles and chocolate to goats milk straight from the udder, Andrew explores what it takes to ...

Go to Episode
Filter: Eat
Carl’s Gizmo

A not-to-miss Italian-style sandwich called The Gizmo: ground beef, Italian sausage, tomatoes, fresh herbs and seasonings, all placed on a fresh Italian roll that’s covered with real mozzarella cheese and toasted under a broiler.

Machinery Hill, west side of Cooper & Lee streets, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

Cinnie Smiths

Don’t miss their warm, gooey, mini-cinnamon rolls made from scratch with all natural ingredients.

Murphy Avenue & Underwood Street, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

Corn Roast

One of the fair's busiest food vendors, the Corn Roast serves up roasted corn on the cob dipped in melted butter.

Nelson Street, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

Famous Dave's

Executive chef Charlie Torgerson creates a new pork-inspired offering to bring to the fair every summer. Sample his cracklins, made from North Carolina pig skins.

West Dan Patch Ave & Chambers St, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

The French Meadow Bakery

Head over to the French Meadow Bakery to try their new menu item: the dough-sant, which is part doughnut and part croissant. Yum!

Carnes Avenue, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN

Kiwanis Malts

Serving some of the best malt shakes in Minnesota, the hardest time you’ll have is deciding which one to choose! Try the vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, together!

On the east side of Cosgrove, between Wright & Randall, Minnesota State

The Mouth Trap

Don’t miss the fair’s second most popular food item: fresh fried cheese curds.

Food Building, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

The Perfect Pickle

Sample their take on the fried pickle, one that’s dipped in chocolate!

Corner of Liggett Street & Dan Patch Avenue, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul MN


Sink your teeth into a classic foot-long, German-style hot dog at Speedy’s.

Next to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) building, MN State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar

Check out the operations at Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar, where they bake more than a million cookies each day of the fair, making them No. 1 in fair food sales.

South side of Carnes between Nelson & Underwood, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN

Tom Thumb Donuts

Start your foodie adventure off right at Tom Thumb Donuts. Their delicious and fresh mini-donuts are cooked to order.

Cooper Street, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul, MN


More Minneapolis-St. Paul Travel Guides

Man v. Food Nation: St. Paul

Adam is in St. Paul, MN sampling authentic Neapolitan pizza and a baked potato topped with every BBQ side. ...


Check out the travel guide from the Minneapolis Ju(i)cy Lucy Food War.

More Travel Inspirations

American Outdoor Adventure Sweeps
American Outdoor Adventure Sweeps

Enter for a chance to win an adventure getaway, plus $25k!

Food.com Holiday
Food.com's 50+ Top Holiday Food Gifts

Give them what they really want!

HGTV Dream Home
HGTV Dream Home 2015

Take a tour of the home we’ll be giving away. Look inside HGTV Dream Home 2015 now!