Lamb Testicles, Camel Burgers to Debut at State Fair

This year’s fair will feature 40 new food items and a variety of musical acts, including Alan Jackson and Motley Crue.

The deep fryers will be working harder at this year’s state fair, as vendors plan to offer 40 new food items at the great Minnesota get-together.

The Minnesota State Fair will take place August 23 through Labor Day at the St. Paul state fairgrounds, and goodies debuting this year include fried lamb testicles by Holy Land Deli, beef tongue tacos by Sonora Grill, and camel burgers by Safari Express. After some delicious deep-fried goodness, fairgoers can cool down with some bacon ice cream, which is also new this year and made with real cooked and candied bacon by Rainbow Ice Cream.

Some other interesting additions to this year’s fair food, along with the names of the vendors selling them, are:

• Cereal Killer Ice Cream: Ice cream that tastes like the milk left at the bottom of a breakfast cereal bowl; served with a little milk creeping up the sides and topped with dry cereal (Blue Moon Dine-In Theater)
• Classic Walleye Roll: Fresh walleye, served chilled “New England-style” with Minnesota wild rice and minced celery, then dusted with a spice blend and served on a butter-toasted brioche bun (Giggle’s Campfire Grill)
• Cranberry Wontons: Cranberry-infused cream cheese wrapped in a crisp, flaky wonton shell and drizzled with chocolate sauce (Pham’s Deli)
• Gluten-Free Risotto Poppers: Arborio rice balls with black beans, cheese, scallions, and spices, hand-rolled and dipped in tapioca flour and egg wash, then dipped in gluten-free crushed corn tortilla chips (French Meadow Bakery)
• Great Balls of Fire: Hot and spicy ground pork sausage rolled into balls and served with dipping sauces, including Indian curry, Korean BBQ, and cool cucumber (Sausage Sisters)
• Lamb Chop On a Stick: Grass-fed lamb loin chops served on a stick (Lamb Shoppe)
• Red Velvet Funnel Cake: The cake is flavored with a dash of cocoa, brushed with butter, dusted with powdered sugar, and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze (Smoothies and Jurassic Dogs)
• Scone with Sausage Gravy: A buttermilk scone covered with traditional southern gravy and sausages (French Meadow Bakery)
• Sweetie’s Delights: Mashed sweet potatoes on a stick, lightly battered, dusted with powdered sugar, and served with a side of whipped cream (Mr. Potato & Sweetie)

Tasty treats aside, the fair—which attracted nearly 1.8 million visitors last year—will offer a range of major musical acts, including Motley Crue, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Kiss, Demi Lovato, Bonnie Raitt, and Blake Shelton.

In addition to music, there will be a myriad of other entertainment options around the fairgrounds: Featuring rescued dogs from animal shelters around the country, Doggies of the Wild West will take fair guests back to the frontier days with their comedic stunt show. Meanwhile, Flippenout, a high-energy trampoline show, will have athletes reaching heights of more than 25 feet. Then there is the Daily Mall Parade that will run at 2 p.m. every day of the fair, featuring floats, special guests, and marching bands.

To see a full list of this year’s new food items and learn where to find them, visit the Minnesota State Fair Web site at