Minnesota State Fair announces encore ‘Fall Food Parade’

Missing the Minnesota State Fair experience this year? Was your trip through the fair’s food parade just not enough? You’re in luck: There will be an encore food parade this October.

Tickets for the original food parade, which took place at the end of August and beginning of September, sold out in two and a half hours.

Tickets for Minnesota State Fair’s ‘Food Parade’ sold out

Tuesday, Minnesota State Fair announced an encore Fall Food Parade will take place Oct. 1-4 and 8-11.

Just like the original parade, attendees will be able to participate in a drive-thru experience, which will feature 16 vendors. This time, participating food vendors include:

  • Turkey to Go by MN Turkey Growers.
  • Fresh French Fries.
  • Mouth Trap Cheese Curds.
  • Que Viet.
  • Sweets & Treats.
  • Pronto Pups.
  • Tom Thumb Donuts.
  • West Indies Soul Food.
  • Minneapple Pie.
  • Hansen’s Foot Long Hot Dogs & Corn Dogs.
  • Butcher Boys/Pitchfork Sausage.
  • Cheese On-A-Stick and Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade.
  • Giggles’ Campfire Grill.
  • El Sol Mexican Foods.
  • The Hangar.
  • Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar.

Some of the vendors will have fall-themed offerings, such as hot apple cider and deep-fried pumpkin and apple pies.

"We’re very happy to present another opportunity for people to enjoy a taste of the fair," General Manager Jerry Hammer said in a statement. "It’s been a tough year for everyone, so it’s even more important that we find ways to connect with what’s familiar and important to us all. Nothing does that quite like the State Fair."

The Fall Food Parade’s tickets will be sold through a random, electronic lottery process. Those who want to purchase a ticket must first register for the lottery by noon on Thursday. No payment is required at that point.

Those who register will then be entered into a random drawing for the chance to purchase one vehicle ticket for the parade. Each vehicle ticket is $20 (plus $5 in fees, sales tax included) and includes entrance for up to five people per standard-size vehicle, according to organizers.

Those who register will receive an email by Monday, notifying them that they have either randomly been selected to purchase a vehicle ticket, or that they have been placed on a waiting list.

The Fall Food Parade runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 1-4 and 8-11.

Registration information can be found here.