Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair
Disneyland bills itself as the “happiest place on earth.” And yet I’ve never heard anyone say the food at Disneyland was amazing. Ipso facto, not the happiest.
By contrast, take the Minnesota State Fair, which takes place in St. Paul during the twelve days leading up to Labor Day. There are lots of rides, crafts, animals, and the latest farm machinery. It’s Coachella for nice people. But that’s not what drew over two million visitors this year and keeps me returning again…READ ARTICLE »
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I was born and raised in Minneapolis, where I grew up feasting on tater-tot hot dish, real sweet corn, Pearson’s Nut Goodies, and that celebration of all things fried on a stick, the Minnesota State Fair. My mom and stepdad owned a series of restaurants in town, including the pioneering New French Café in the warehouse district, which still has some of the best bread I’ve ever eaten (the secret was the oat flour). Across town, my dad owned a Jewish deli called Deli-ca-Chessens. Read More »