Think there’s nothing at the Minnesota State Fair for the gluten-free/vegans of the world? Guess again! There may be other reasons you want to avoid the fair, but don’t let lack of food options be one of them.
There are usually a few new gluten-free fair foods each year, but they typically also contain dairy, meat, or are a dried out, hot mess. After attending the fair for four years with food restrictions, I wanted to share some go-to gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free options.
Although there’s only a few days left of the fair this year, I found it difficult to find a list of foods I could safely eat with my dietary restrictions, so, behold! In no particular order …
Best Gluten-Free, Vegan Foods at the Minnesota State Fair
Piping hot, perfectly salty. We added some coarse black pepper, which made them even better.
There are not many fried foods that are gluten-, dairy-, and meat-free, but falafel on-a-stick at Falafel King is one of them. Avoid the tzatziki, but the tahini sauce is creamy and dairy-free. Now all we need to do is get Foxy Falafel at the fair!
Don’t miss out on this incredibly sweet corn roasted on the cob just because they dunk it in a barrel of butter. If you ask politely they will gladly serve it up without.
A whole cucumber, pickled, and on a stick. Need I say more?
Right across from those deep-fried candy bars you’ll find the humble Dole Whip booth. It’s essentially soft-serve sorbet, which is excellent for the dairy-free fair-goers like my husband and I. We got lemonade and raspberry swirled together. Note: the vanilla flavor has a milk derivative (sodium caseinate), though it is still lactose free.
On a hot day, nothing beats the cool, refreshing cider freezes you’ll find in the Agriculture/Horticulture building. You can’t beat the price either—this year they were $1.25 each. There’s also Minnesota apples, applesauce, and apple cider.
And then I was full! But you could keep going . . .
Frozen Grapes at Bayou Bob’s
1919 Root Beer
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds at Cinnamon Roasted Nuts
Any fruit from Produce Exchange
Sweetland Orchard hard cider at Ball Park Cafe
Frozen Fruit Bar at Key Lime Pie Bar
Pyro Pale Ale and Loon Juice Hard Cider at O’Gara’s
*As you would at any restaurant, if you have food allergies, please double check at each booth that the food is safe for you before ordering.
**I recommend starting your state fair trip out at the Kare 11 health building, where you’ll find information about food allergies, as well as the full list of gluten-free fair foods. You will not, however, find a full list of other food allergens at the fair. Drat!