It’s here! It’s here! My favorite time of the year! The Great Minnesota Get Together started yesterday. And seeing everyone’s posts on social media has me FOMOing big time.
But it’s okay. I’m going tomorrow. In the rain…
I was lucky enough to visit the fairgrounds earlier this month to sample new foods (YAS!) and learn about the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment you can find at the fair. Spoiler: there’s a lot to see!
First, the food!
We sampled many different savory foods this year. Everyone was crazy for the Brown Ale and Onion Gouda Tipsy Pie from Sara’s Tipsy Pies. The crust alone will have you drooling. You can find these in the Food Building.
But my favorite was the Pizzarito from Green Mill. I mean, pizza combined with a burrito. It was made for me! I could have gone for seconds. Green Mill is on the east side of Cooper Street between Randal Avenue and Wright Avenue.
On the sweet side of things, we sampled the Sweet Corn Blueberry Eclair. This was a really cool collaboration between Birchwood Cafe and the Minnesota Farmer’s Union. This eclair is filled with a sweet corn cream and topped with a blueberry glaze. It’s not as sweet as you’d expect, but the flavors work really well together. Plus, it’s so pretty.
And Then we were treated to a surprise item from Mancini’s. They made us a fresh batch of Hefeweizen Gelato. Yes. BEER Gelato. It was heaven. Light flavor and all the deliciousness of a hefe. I will be going here ASAP. Find this glorious treat on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson Street and Underwood Street. Thank me later.
Now for some Entertainment! You guys, I seriously took a whole page of notes on all the different entertainment options at the fair. I’m going to highlight a few. I think the best option, in general, is to get a map and schedule from an info booth as soon as you get there and plan out all your potential stops. Here are a few (FREE spots) to consider:
The Leine Lodge: It seats about 5,000 and features bands on the rise. Social media really helps influence who the fair tries to book for this stage. They really want acts that people will be excited about. Get here early if there’s someone you want to see!
International Bazaar: If you like world music and different cultural attractions, this is your place.
Schell’s Stage: This spot features Minnesota music, Americana, and the highly recommended History On-A-Schtick show.
The North Woods: Catch the lumberjack shows and the stunt dogs show everyday of the fair! I can’t wait to see these myself!
There’s also the daily parade, lazer show, old iron show, amateur talent contest, family fair, and on and on and on and on…
I don’t know about you, but I need to go more than once to get all of this!
Do you have a favorite entertainment spot at the fair??