Minnesota State Fair Day (MNSFD) will hold its fourth annual event Saturday, August 20, 2011. MNSFD is a day to bring together Midwest ex-pats and fair lovers alike to recreate the “Great Minnesota Get Together” in the streets of New York City.
Why are expats so eager to recreate the Fair? To start, the Minnesota State Fair is unlike any other in the nation. The 12-day event has been argued to be the largest state fair. True Minnesotans go to the Fair at least twice a year, and devious Minnesotans go every day once they learn the hand stamp system. Besides family and friends, it’s definitely one of the biggest aspects of Minnesotan living ex-pats miss.
In celebration of the nostalgia, the event will start at 1:00pm at Brother Jimmy’s in Union Square. Intense research has been conducted to identify any and all fair-related foods available in NYC, and the planned menu includes*:
- Woody McHale’s – Cheese curds, Fried Twinkies & a Midwestern favorite brew
- Brother Jimmy’s – Fried Pickles
- Street fair – Corn on the cob
- A Salt & Battery – Fried Mars Bars & Fried Beets
- Led Zeppole – Funnel cakes
- Pommes Frites – Fries
- Bar None – Fishbowl break at this Minnesota “Vikings Bar”
- Fiddlesticks - Attendee selected Minnesota music & drink specials
- Johnny’s Bar – More refreshments and more Minnesota nicePapaya Dog – Corn dogs
- City Tavern – Fresh baked Sweet Martha’s chocolate chip cookies
Registration at http://mnstatefairday-website.eventbrite.com costs only $7 and includes a tasting of authentic Cheese Curds, Sweet Martha’s Cookies and Milk, and a fine Midwestern draught. All are welcome to attend, no Midwestern roots or fair experience required.
Additionally, T-shirts will be on sale at the event and available online. Proceeds of T-shirt sales benefit the Minnesota State Fair Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the fair experience as well as educational and cultural activities at The Fair.
We hope that you will join us, it promises to be a memorable event!
*Subject to change