More fair food options: Company now offering 'State Fair to Go' box

It'll be available starting August 17.
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The Mouth Trap

The 2020 Minnesota State Fair may be canceled, but there's still multiple ways to get your hands on fair food — which now include a "to-go" box shipping later this month.

Called State Fair to Go, the box comes with a range of signature snacks from the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and is said to serve five people.

According to its website, the box includes the following fair favorites: two dozen cookies from Sweet Martha's Cookie Jar, sweet corn from Axdahl's, corn dogs from Elliott's Up North, Rosie's French Fries, Ellsworth Creamery cheese curds and State Fair Mini Donuts.

The boxes are selling for $59.95, but there are a couple of catches. It's up to the recipient to cook the food themselves (instructions are included), and there's "limited availability" of the boxes.

One other thing to note is that the boxes will only be shipped from August 17 until supplies run out, though you can pre-order them now. Shipping is free in Minnesota, but if you want one sent to another state, it'll cost you $14.95. 

According to KARE 11, State Fair to Go is the work of Twin Cities entrepreneur Josh Zamansky, who is the CEO of corporate caterer and food delivery company Dining Delivered.

In an interview with the station, Zamansky credited his sister with coming up with the idea that led to State Fair to Go. 

It's the latest State Fair eating alternative to crop up in the wake of the fair's cancelation due to the coronavirus pandemic

The most notable of these is the State Fair "Food Parade," which will allow people to grab their favorite eats on a drive-through tour of the fairgrounds. Unfortunately for hungry would-be fairgoers, the event sold out in under three hours.

But there's also Minnesota Fare, a 12-day event at Rosedale Center featuring fair-inspired foods, while Blue Barn — a longtime fair favorite — will be hosting "pop-up" events at a number of Twin Cities restaurants, where they'll sell popular menu items in honor of the canceled Get-Together. 

Both events will be happening later this month. 

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