Minnesota State Fair announces drive-thru 'Food Parade' experience, including Sweet Martha's Cookies

Tickets go on sale next week.
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The Minnesota State Fair has announced a drive-thru "Food Parade" experience featuring 16 fair vendors this August and September.

With the Great Minnesota Get-Together canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, state organizers have come up with a social distancing-safe event that will still give vendors the chance to sell and fair lovers the chance to eat some famous State Fair food.

It will run between Aug. 20-23, 27-30 and Sept. 3-7, and will cost $20 per vehicle with up to 5 people inside, with tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. on July 31 – more details here, and ticket info here.

Among the vendors confirmed for the drive-thru are fair mainstays including Sweet Martha's Cookies, Mouth Trap Cheese Curds, Pronto Pups, and Turkey to Go.

All vehicles will follow a one-way, 1.5 mile route through the fairgrounds, with organizers saying people should "plan for a multi-hour experience," and say there will be entertainment, a trivia contest, and activities along the way.

Here's a look at the vendor list and what they'll be selling.

  1. Turkey to Go (credit card only)
    • Turkey Sandwich
      • Giant Juicy (1/3 pound): $9
      • Half-Pound Giant Juicy: $11
    • Turkey Legs (gluten-friendly): $10
    • Turkey Sandwich Meat by the Pound (gluten-friendly)
      • One Pound: $17
      • Five Pounds: $80
    • Bottled beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Mountain Dew, Sprite, Fanta): $2.50
  2. Tom Thumb Donuts (cash/credit)
    • Mini Donuts: $6
    • Bottled beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, water): $3
  3. Fresh French Fries (cash/credit)
    • 32 oz.: $8
    • 88 oz.: $14
    • Bottled beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, lemonade, water): $2.50
  4. Sweets & Treats (cash/credit)
    • Jumbo Cotton Candy: $8
    • Caramel & Candy Apples: $5
    • Popcorn: $5
    • Caramel Corn: $5
    • Sno Cone: $4
    • Water: $3
  5. Mouth Trap Cheese Curds (cash/credit)
    • Bucket: $17
  6. Que Viet (cash/credit)
    • Giant Egg Roll On-a-Stick: $8
    • Garlic Cream Cheese Wontons: $8
  7. Pronto Pups (cash only)
    • Regular Pronto Pup: $5
    • Bottled beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, water): $3
  8. Pitchfork Sausage/Butcher Boys London Broil (cash/credit)
    • London Broil Steak on a Roll with onions, peppers and cheese (gluten-friendly without bun): $10
    • Italian Sausage Sandwich with onions and peppers (gluten-friendly without bun): $10
    • Italian Sausage On-a-Fork: $8
    • Bottled beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, water): $3
  9. Dairy Goodness Bar by Midwest Dairy (cash/credit)
    • Malts (12 oz.): $5
      • Chocolate
      • Vanilla
      • Vanilla with Caramel Sauce
  10. West Indies Soul Food (cash/credit)
    • Jamaican Patties: $6
      • Chicken
      • Beef
    • Jumbo Jerk Chicken Wings (2): $7
    • Bottled beverages (Pepsi, Mountain Dew): $5; Water: $4
  11. Foot Long Hot Dogs & Corn Dogs (cash/credit)
    • Foot Long Hot Dog: $7
    • Foot Long Corn Dog: $8
    • Regular Corn Dog: $5
    • Bottled water: $2
  12. Giggles’ Campfire Grill (cash/credit)
    • Walleye Fries: $9.50
    • Walleye Cakes: $9.50
    • Duck Bacon Wontons: $9.50
    • Duck Drummies: $9.50
    • Beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Mountain Dew): $2.50; Water: $2 or 3 for $5
  13. Cheese On-A-Stick and Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade (cash/credit)
    • Cheese On-A-Stick: $5
      • American
      • Jalapeño
    • Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
      • Sealed Bottle (16 oz.): $5
      • State Fair Souvenir Bottle (28 oz.): $8
      • 1-gallon jug: $20
  14. The Hangar (cash/credit)
    • Tater Twister (Sausage wrapped in a whole spiral-sliced potato and fried): $6
    • Fried Oreos: $7
    • Funnel Cake: $8
    • Bottled beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite): $4; Water: $3
  15. El Sol Mexican Foods (cash/credit)
    • Tacos: $5
      • Fried Flour Shell
      • Hard Corn Shell
    • Burritos
      • Beef and Bean: $9
      • Jumbo Beef: $8
      • Bean: $6
    • Taco Salad: $8
    • Bottled beverages (Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, water): $2
  16. Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar (cash only)
    • Pail of Cookies: $17 (limit 6 pails per vehicle)
    • Bottled beverages (water, milk): $3

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