it’s getting to be that time of year again… the Minnesota State Fair starts soon!! here is a list, courtesy of Northland Celiacs, of the gluten-free options available this year. (there may be more items that are gluten-free available, but these are the vendors who responded to Northland Celiacs officially).
as with everything, it’s generally a good idea to verify specific ingredients or cross-contamination issues personally.
Caramel Apple Sundae
Location: Carousel Plaza, in front of Grandstand
Rootbeer, Strawberry, Orange and Cider Floats
Sliced Caramel Apples with Ice Cream
The Charcoal Hut
Location: Next to Intn’l Bazaar & Horticulture Bldg.
Gluten Free Food: Turkey Drumsticks, Grilled Chicken Pieces and Breast Fillets
Cinnamon Roasted Nuts
Location: Intl. Bazaar-Back Wall
Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Cashews & Pecans
Gluten Free Food: Omelets, chicken breasts, hot dogs, hamburgers, salads, steaks, prime rib
Location: Across from East end of Grand Stand
Gluten Free Foods: Roasted Corn & Butter
Location: Carnes & Underwood
Greek Salad without Pita
Location: Next to Sweet Martha’s
Non-Dairy Fruit Flavored Soft Service in a Bowl
Location: Food Building 121
Gluten Free Foods: Falafel on a stick, Humus, Garlic Chicken Pocket, Chicken, Veggie, Veggie Pocket, Gyros Meat
Foot Long Hot Dogs/Spidahl, A.
Location: Cosgrove Street between Fine Arts & 4-H
Foot Long hot dog (no bun) Hormel, Heinz ketchup & mustard & Sauer Kraut
French Meadow Café
Location: 1703 Carnes Ave (under Giant Slide)
Cupcakes, Coffee, &Tea Frozen Frappe, Espresso drinks
Fudge Folks, Inc.
Location: Grandstand (Lower Level)
Gluten Free Foods: Fudge
Giggles Camp Fire Grill
Location: Corner of Cooper St. & Lee Ave.
Salad On A Stick, Salmon On A Stick, Plain Elk Burger Without the Bun
Red Bridge Beer
Henry’s Kettle Korn
Gluten Free Foods: Kettle Korn
Holy Land Brands, Inc.
Location: Intl. Bazaar
Hummus, Kobobs (Beef, Chicken, Lamb, Shrimp, Falafel, Kufta) Chicken Sampler Tray
Ice Cream Parlour
Location: Heritage Square
Gluten Free Foods: Ice Cream
Key Lime Pie Bar & Iseland Way Sorbet
Location: Next to Skyride (Across from Food Bldg/Food Court)
Gluten Free Foods: Island Way Sorbet, Coconut, Pineapple, Pina Colada, and Orange/Mango in natural fruit shells
Location: Dan Patch Ave. Next to KSTP TV
Tamales, Nachos & Cheese, Enchiladas,
Chili with Nacho Chips, Corn Shell Tacos
Minnesota Apples Inc
Location: Horticulture Building
Gluten Free Food: Apples, Apple Cider, Cider Freeze
Minn. Cultivated Wild Rice Council
Location: Dairy Building
Moe & Joe’s
Location: Clough & Judson
By Miracle of Birth Center
Coffee Blends & Fruit Smoothies
O’Gara’s at the Fair
Location: Dan Patch St. Near Main Entrance
Chopped Beef Steak with Onions & Mushrooms
Corned Beef & Cabbage, Mike’s Hard Lemonade and
Mike’s Light Cranberry Possibly a GF beer
Location: Corner of Carnes & Regget
Gluten Free Foods: Pickle Dog (Pickle, Pastromi, Cream Cheese, Pickle on a Stick, Koolaid
Patinella’s Chicken Grill
Location: Under Walkway to Grandstand
Gluten Free Foods: Chicken & Rice Bowls—The chicken is marinated in olive oil red wine, Vin & spices. The garlic rice has olive oil & garlic only. The yellow rice does have wheat gluten& corn cereal solids. Garlic rice can be substituted for yellow rice in any bowl.
Original Chicken & Rice—marinated grilled chicken breast—substitute garlic rice for yellow.
Deluxe Chicken & Rice—chicken, garlic rice, lettuce, tomato, onion
LBrazilian—chicken & rice, garlic rice, black beans, lettuce, tomato, onion
Italian—chix-rice, Italian beans, Romano cheese
Greek Chicken—chix-rice, garlic rice, lettuce, tomato, onion, tzaziki
Vegitarian—chix-rice, lettuce, black beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, eheddar
Mexican—chix-rice, lettuce, tomato, onion, sour cream, cheddar cheese
Sadie’s Frozen Custard Ice Cream
Location: DNR Park
Gluten Free Food: Frozen All Products Except the Cones, Custard Ice Cream
San Felipe Tacos
Locaton: Food Bldg. East Wall off Cooper St.
Request the following with a Corn Tortilla
Beef Taco, Jerk Chicken Taco without the Jerk Sauce,
Vegetarian Taco, Nachos Grande, Nachos & Cheese
Simply Nuts & More
Location: Coliseum Bldg, East Side
Gluten Free Foods: Cashews, Honey Cashews, Mixed Nuts, Cranberry Trail Mix, Triple Berry, Roasted Almonds, M-M Trail Mix, Pistachio’s, Chocolate Peanuts, Butter Toffee, Peanuts,
Sonny’s Tornado Potato
Location: Food Building
Deep Fried Spiral Potato Chips
Location: In Front of Education Bldg.
Location: Judson Ave Across from The Miracle of Life Barn
Gluten Free Foods: Beef, Chicken & Bean Tostadas, Nacho Chips & Cheese, Beef, chicken, beans and cheese fried corn tortilla, Deep fried corn chips and nacho cheese sauce.
Texas Steak Out
Location: Machinery Hill Across From
Little Farm Hands
Tater Twisters, Tater Dogs, Turkey Leg, Brisket, BBQ Beef Ribs, Sausage on a Stick, Roasted Corn on a Stick, Baked Potato, Steak Chili, Texas Steak
Dinner on a Stick (without the bread roll)
Thomasina’s Cashew Brittle
Location: Creative Activities Bldg. Annex
West Indies Soul Food Inc.
Location: International Bazaar
Gluten Free Foods: Jerk Chicken
Jerk Pork, Sweet Tea & Lemonade
as a side note, I know that Northland is only allowed to include the items that the vendors say are gluten-free on a form that they send out. however, there could be more foods that are gluten free, but not listed. so it’s beneficial to ask. for instance, I always eat the french fries at the stands that only carry french fries, as those are the only things fried there, and they’ve told me it’s made of just potatoes, salt, and oil. also, I know that 1919 Root Beer is gluten free, per their website (and also corn-free). and I believe I’ve asked about fresh-squeezed lemonade at various vendors and found that it’s been safe. so definitely check if you think something might be gluten free that you’d like to eat. if you find any, please feel free to send in a comment to benefit others!
in other state fair news, Northland Celiacs will host a booth in the Kare 11 Health Fair building. they’ll have information, videos, and spin wheel prizes. there will be a few fun days that they’re hosting as well:
Saturday Aug. 27 – Mad Jacks Restaurant
Monday Aug. 29 – Lakewinds
Tuesday Aug. 30 – GF Goodies
Wednesday Aug. 31 – Mississippi Market Co-op
Thursday Sept 1 – Seward Co-op
so make sure to stop by and check it out! and if you wish to volunteer at the booth, information can be found on their website in the calendar section.
have a great time at the fair!!