The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 1, 2013

Eat, drink, but be wary

Why it matters: There are very few laws against creating bad food


Pitchfork Sausage — A grilled sausage served on a specially designed pitchfork. Sausage flavor options include: mild sweet Italian sausage; Polish sausage; jalapeño cheese-infused hotdog; and a gluten-free sausage.

Portobello Bites — Grilled sourdough toast brushed with creamy roasted garlic sauce, topped with aged romano and parmesan cheeses, and a slice of Portobello mushroom, served warm from the grill.

Wine Glazed Deep Fried Meatloaf — Homemade meatloaf deep fried on-a-stick with a red pepper wine glaze.

Lobster Macaroni & Cheese — Fresh lobster tossed into a creamy macaroni & cheese dish made-to-order and prepared right in front of you.

And finally, stuff that just doesn’t sound like it has a future. It’s weird fair fare. These offer shy and quiet Minnesotans a chance to say they’re daring, but it comes at a cost..

Chocolate Chili Ice Cream — Homemade chocolate ice cream infused with a blend of dark chocolate and chili spices. The flavor is chocolate with a hint of heat in every bite.

Cocoa Cheese Bites — Wisconsin cheddar cheese nuggets breaded with cocoa puffs, fried and served with a chocolate dipping sauce.

Comet Corn — A futuristic caramel corn made with liquid nitrogen. This icy-cold popcorn is crispy, crunchy, sweet and salty, and leaves a trail of comet dust when exhaled out of the nose and mouth, creating a tingly, bubbly feeling.

Love the nitrogen part. And bubbly feeling. Ouch.

Fried Pickles ‘n’ Chocolate — Preferred Pickles’ deep fried pickles dusted with powdered sugar and served with a side of chocolate for dipping.

Minnepumpkin Pie — An individual deep fried pumpkin pie with cinnamon and sugar-dusted flaky crust and served with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream.


Peanut Butter & Jelly Malt — Real dairy soft-serve ice cream hand blended with milk, malted milk powder, Goertze’s homemade peanut butter sauce and grape jelly.

Really not. But otherwise enjoy and visit the fair.

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