How to Eat Gluten-Free at the Minnesota State Fair

How to Eat Gluten-Free at the Minnesota State Fair Photo: KSTP

August 22, 2018 09:22 PM

The Minnesota State Fair is home to all things fried, frosted, dipped, dunked and stuck on a stick.

But for those with dietary limitations, it can be tough to find suitable sustenance among the myriad food options at the fair.


For those who must avoid gluten, here are some savory, sweet and drinkable gluten-free options at the fair.

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Earth Wings: A new item at the French Meadow Bakery & Cafe, Earth Wings are fresh cauliflower pieces dipped in seasoned batter, deep-fried and covered with organic sesame BBQ sauce. In addition to being gluten-free, the wings are vegan. Located on the north side of Carnes Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.

Turducken Sausage Sandwich: This hybrid dog is gluten-free, and a gluten-free bun is also available upon request. Available at Giggles' Campfire Grill on the southeast corner of Lee Avenue and Cooper Street at The North Woods.

Mac & Cheese:  For those looking for something simpler, head to Midtown Global Market's Mama D's for some gluten-free mac and cheese. Located in the Taste of Midtown Global Market's booth at the International Bazaar on the east wall.

Beer Battered Brat: If you're craving a brat, head to the Food Building, where Sonny's Fair Food is offering a gluten-free take on the classic summer food. Located in the northwest section.

Burrito Bowl:  To get your Mexican food fix, hit Taco King for a gluten-free burrito bowl. Located on the north side of Judson Avenue between Clough and Nelson streets.

Garlic Fries: If you've had your fill of main dishes and just need a side to top it all off, Ball Park Cafe offers gluten-free garlic fries. Located on the east side of Underwood Street between Dan Patch and Carnes avenues.

Cajun Peel-N-Eat Shrimp: If you're on the gluten-free seafood diet - you see gluten-free food and you eat it - Cafe Caribe's Cajun peel-n-eat shrimp should satisfy your nautical desires. Located on the south side of Carnes Avenue between Chambers and Nelson streets.

Fresh French Fries: One of the fair's most popular booths, Fresh French Fries are a must-have for any fairgoer. Luckily, the gluten-averse can gobble them down without worry. You can grab fries at two locations - on the east side of Liggett Street between West Dan Patch and Carnes avenues, or on the north side of Judson Avenue between Nelson and Underwood streets.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins: Whether you're at the fair early and need a quick breakfast, or you're looking for a sweet treat to wash the salt out of your mouth, Anchor Coffee House has you covered. Located on the west side of Underwood Street between Carnes and Judson avenues outside Ramberg Music Cafe.

Brittle: To satiate your sweet tooth, Thomasina's Cashew Brittle has a gluten-free version of the crunchy candy. Located in the west aisle of the Merchandise Mart.

Frozen Fruit Bar:  Key Lime Pie Bar, famous for its "Gourmet Treat on a Stick," also offers a gluten-free frozen fruit bar. It's also non-dairy. Located on the west side of Cooper Street between the Food and Agriculture Horticulture buildings.

JonnyPops:  Made right here in Minnesota, these frozen dessert bars are gluten-free - and delicious. Find them in the center section of the West End Market.

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Burning Brothers Pyro: St. Paul brewery Burning Brothers offers a gluten-free American pale ale, which the brothers describe as light and fruity. Available at LuLu's Public House, Frontier Bar and O'Gara's.

Glutenberg Blonde Ale: This California-based brewery specializes in, as the name suggests, gluten-free beers. Their blonde ale is available at Tejas Express.

Redbridge: Anhueser-Busch's take on the gluten-free beer is available at Giggles' Campfire Grill and Chicago Dogs.

Spring Grove Soda: This pop stand near the DNR building offers nine flavors of gluten-free soda.

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To see a full list of gluten-free foods at the fair compiled by Raising Our Celiac Kids, click here.


Anthony Brousseau

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