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A Fan of Pickled State Fair Foods?

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Have you ever been to the State Fair before? A popular spot to visit for college students before the new school year starts, Minnesota’s annual State Fair, also known as the “Great Minnesota Get Together,” runs from the end of August into Labor Day and is known as the largest state fair in the United States. A total of 12 days of attractions ranging from livestock farms, displays of farm equipment, concerts, comedy shows, art, rides, and of course, food! This year, the pickled foods were a spotlight to what you needed to try and we’ll go through what those must-have pickled foods were!

To start, you could stop by Rick’s pizza to try the infamous pickle pizza. Two fan favorites, pizza and pickles, try the combination at the State Fair next year. It was introduced as a new state fair food a year ago, but still remains a popular food eat this year. The pickle pizza has their speciality dill ranch sauce, mozzarella cheese, crunchy sliced dill pickles and topped with dill weed seasoning. Although there’s been mix reception depending on your preference for pizza and pickles, try it for yourself to judge!


Rick's Pizza

Next, we have the“Kind of a Big Dill” Pickle Lemonade which was a new addition to the pickle themed foods and beverages offered at the Minnesota State Fair this year. Dill pickle spices are mixed with lemonade and topped with a sliced pickle. The pickle flavoring is relatively light, making this a good option for pickle fans, and those who may be more pickle-hesitant alike. “Kind of a Big Dill” Pickle Lemonade can be found at Nordic Waffles’ booth in the south section of West End Market.

Nordic Waffles

Another Minnesota State Fair favorite is the Pickle Dog. This is found at the Pickle Dog stand that is located on the south side of Carnes Ave. between the Liggett & Chambers streets. The pickle dog consists of a dill pickle spear that is wrapped in pastrami with a coating of cream cheese. It’s a simple recipe but the flavor definitely packs a punch. The Pickle Dog stand has been a reliable spot to visit for over 35 years and is still very popular today. Other items sold at this stand are the “Fire Dog” (the original Pickle Dog with a jalapeno pickle) and the “Reuben Pickle Dog” (which substitutes sauerkraut and thousand island dressing for cream cheese). If you still haven’t checked out the Pickle Dog or the Pickle Dog Stand, next year isn’t too late to discover a new favorite food!

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And lastly, fried pickles have been around at the state fair for many years. Each year they become more and more popular. The famous deep-fried pickle can be found at the Perfect Pickle stand. The stand has been around since 1997. The fried pickles come in three different styles. They offer the deep-fried pickle served with cream cheese which is known as the “Gourmet Pickle”. They also offer the “Perfect Pickle” which is their classic fried pickle served with ranch dressing on the side. Finally, they offer their “Cajun Pickle” which is a fried pickle seasoned with Cajun seasoning.

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Those are the four foods we recommend you look out for next time you are at the state fair. Popular fan favorites, unique spins of existing food, be sure to give them a try and see for yourself!

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