As any Minnesotan knows, the main attraction of the Fair is food, food, and more food. Healthy living is all about balance and this is the time to indulge--besides, you have 320 acres of fairgrounds to walk off the all the fried delicacies, meat on a stick, or sweet, warm chocolate chip cookies.
Personally, I'm throwing caution to the wind and plan to start my fair experience with the new Breakfast Sausage Corndog at Hansen's Foods on Judson Ave. just south of the Horse Barn. For lunch, perhaps one of the sandwich offerings from new vendor The Sandwich Stop--I'm a sucker for a Monte Cristo or Cuban Sandwich--located on Clough St., on the east side of the Poultry Barn. And for a sweet treat? As delicious as some of the new treats look--check out Candied Bacon Cannoli at Ole's Cannoli or Mini Donut Batter Crunch Ice Cream by local favorite Izzy's Ice Cream at the Hamline Dining Hall--it just wouldn't be the Great Minnesota Get-Together without Sweet Martha's Cookies. I also can't visit the Fair without picking up handful of flavored honey sticks from Minnesota's Honey Producers in the Agriculture Horticulture Building.
If you do need a break from the calorie-laden fair, there are healthy options. One of the most popular foods is the sweet corn-on-the-cob roasted in the husk at Corn Roast. (Despite a quick dunk in butter it's a fairly healthy option.) Visit Veggie Pie in the Food Building for an assortment of fresh fruit or their namesake fresh vegetable pie. You can also find fresh fruit, trail mix, coconut water, vegetable trays, and Odwalla Juice at the Produce Exchange on Judson east of Underwood. For lean protein options, try Pork Chops & Chicken on Judson between Nelson and Underwood or chicken and pork shish kabobs at Netterfield's Food Court located on Cooper St. across from Kidway.