Top 10 Selling Food Items at The State Fair

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Sunset-Minnesota State Fair - 2013 - 6th Visit - Minnesota Connected

The annual Great Minnesota Get Together is still a few weeks away, so you still have time to set aside calories in preparation for the ‘Smorgasbord in St. Paul’ that is the Minnesota State Fair.

It has been announced there will be more than 50 new foods available to fair-goers this year. Overall, that means 500+ food choices at this year’s Fair. Here are a few of the spanking new delicacies on which Minnesotans may soon choose to engorge themselves:

♦ Mac & Cheese Cupcake

♦ Maple Bacon Funnel Cake

♦ Sweet Potato Taco

♦ Sausage Sister’s Sriracha Sliders

♦ Deep Fried Ribs

♦ Walleye Stuffed Mushrooms

That all sounds grand, but what about the good old regular fair foods? Tried and true staples every real Minnesotan has come to know and love? Cheese curds, mini donuts, [insert any food here]on a stick?

Relax, Minnesota. You can bet your fanny pack all the best loved (and most profitable) foods from the fair will be back in 2015. Here is a graph of the Top 10 Selling Food Items at the Minnesota State Fair (Click to Bigify):

Fair Foods

As you can see, Sweet Martha’s Cookies are number one with bullet, out-selling their closest competitor nearly three to one while earning $202,000 per day. I suppose, then, it’s no surprise that the Minnesota Dairy Association is number two on the list — milk is the perfect compliment to chocolate chip cookies. (And it takes a lot of milk to wash down Martha’s popular bucket-sized serving…) The folks at the Dairy Association make $71,000 per day riding Martha’s coattails all the way to the bank. Cheese curds round out the top three, earning a cool $68,000 per day.

In case you’re interested, a reported 15% percent of revenues go to the Minnesota State Fair. That means the Fair makes around $1.1 million from just these ten vendors alone.

By the way, where are mini donuts on this list?? I refuse to believe people are choosing corn and pickles over donuts at an event that is known as a junk food festival. It’s seems like there are donut stands on every block… and aren’t those things like $10 a bag? That’s gotta add up quick. Are the mini donut people fudging sales figures to avoid paying fifteen cents on every dollar sold back to The Man? Hmm…

 

Images couresty of: Matthew Deery — Brent Lee

 

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Brent and his dog Steve live in Eagan where they spend their time eating, sleeping and getting into adventures. Apart from the brutal, inhumane winters, they are both convinced Minnesota is a top five global destination. Brent is happiest when he is playing football, laughing, discussing philosophy, eating Chipotle, watching anything Larry David created, doing funny character voices while reading children's books to his two little nieces, or writing about whatever happens to cross his mind, unapologetically stretching sentence length and comma usage as far as the editor will allow. Also, Brent's nemesis is Burt Reynolds, though Mr. Reynolds is likely unaware of this rivalry.

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