The Minnesota State Fair may be canceled, but Minnesotans aren't going to let summer pass by without enjoying some fair favorites.
From food trucks and restaurants that serve up State Fair favs to State Fair vendors themselves, there's ample opportunity to chow down as stands pop up in parking lots across Minnesota.
There's a Facebook group – State Fair Food Finder – dedicated to finding State Fair foods. The public group is open for people to share where they've found State Fair foods, many with pictures that'll make your mouth water.
Recent posts include someone who visited a fresh lemonade and cheese-on-a-stick stand at the VFW in Roseville, noting it's open daily from noon-6 p.m. Another person shared that there are State Fair food stands selling cheese curds, mini donuts, french fries and more outside The Cricket in Rock Creek, near Interstate 35 and Highway 70.
According to the group, vendors that have a more permanent location will be added to this map.
The Donut Family
The Donut Family truck has set up two food stands in the Twin Cities for this weekend. One is in North St. Paul, at 2275 McKnight Road, and the other is at the Wild Prairie Harley Davidson in Eden Prairie.
The Donut Family will update its Facebook page with future locations it'll be selling its mini doughnuts, cheese curds, corn dogs, cotton candy and lemonade.
Sweet Martha's Cookies
Sweet Martha's Cookies is arguably most popular State Fair vendor (it does bring in nearly $4.75 million over the course of the 12-day fair), and what would summer be without a chocolate chip cookie? The good news is Sweet Martha's are available any time you want them – the cookie dough is sold at a lot of local grocery stores.
There's a woman, Kathy Heise, who's making cotton candy and pronto pups at her house, selling them at the end of her driveway off Highway 60, at 4828 Morristown Blvd., in Faribault, WCCO says. She's the owner of Heise Concessions Pronto Pups and is continuing to sell the goodies in honor of her husband, who died of cancer in 2001, the Owatonna People's Press reported. He got into the pronto pup game years ago, selling them at the Steele County Fair.
The stand is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
Do you not see your favorite State Fair food on the map? Many vendors are on social media or have websites, and have been sharing how you can enjoy their fare while supporting them since they're missing out on revenue from this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.