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 years with food restrictions, I wanted to share some go-to gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian options.
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.
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, 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 . . .
Other gluten-free and vegetarian (dairy-free) options:
Spicy Thai Noodles at Oodles of Noodles
Strawberries’n Creme – believe it or not, it’s non-dairy whipped topping!
Frozen Grapes at Bayou Bob’s
1919 Root Beer
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds at Cinnamon Roasted Nuts
Any fruit from Produce Exchange
Garlic fries and 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.