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Author: Barb Teed

Minnesota State Fair New Foods

The Minnesota State Fair announces 31 new foods to the 2017 Great Minnesota Get-Together menu. This year’s list of new menu items includes small plates, sandwiches, savory entrees, sweet treats, breakfast and gluten-free options, and several blends of flavor and spice. In total, nearly 500 foods are available at 300 different concession locations throughout the fairgrounds. Imagination seems to be the theme of what to call a new dish at the State Fair. Who wouldn’t want to try a new food item called “Bacon Fluffernutter.” Just the name alone will make Fair visitors curious. There’s a Double Dose of...

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Minnesota State Fair: Great Big Wheel

One of the tallest traveling giant Ferris wheels in North America is coming to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair. The Great Big Wheel will carry riders to a height of 156 feet, offering breathtaking views of the State Fairgrounds and the Twin Cities. This is the first time the Great Big Wheel is at the State Fair. “We’ve been working for years to land a spectacular ride like the Great Big Wheel,” said State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer in a release May 19. “It will be placed at the center of Machinery Hill on the north side of...

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90th Academy Awards: Jimmy Kimmel returns as host

For a second consecutive year, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host the Oscars telecast and Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd will produce, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 90th Academy Awards will air live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Oscar Sunday, March 4, 2018. “Jimmy proved, from his opening monologue all the way through a finale we could never have imagined, that he is one our finest hosts in Oscar history,” said Boone Isaacs. Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the Emmy-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,”...

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Minnesota State Fair: goodbye Original Cheese Curds

Even Bizarre Foods television host Andrew Zimmern loves them. In his 2014 travel newsletter, Zimmern listed the 18 Must-Try Minnesota State Fair Foods. “I love the Minnesota State Fair so much that I try to go all 12 days,” he writes. “Every year there’s a list of new food booths, serving every type of novelty deep-fried and on-a-stick creations, but when it comes down to it, half of the food sales comes from top 10 classic items. I am a traditionalist when it comes to state fair foods, so I don’t stray too far from the cheese curds and...

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