Let's call it the 'Great Minnesota Drive-Together'. The folks at the Minnesota State Fair this morning announced that 16 food vendors will be participating in a 'food parade' at the fairgrounds on the weekends that the Minnesota State Fair would have been running. While this isn't the first fair to be offering this type of event, it definitely will be the most anticipated for many Minnesotans.

A limited number of tickets will be sold for the 3-weekend event that runs Aug. 20-23, 27-30, and Sept. 3-7 (Labor Day Weekend). Tickets will go on sale July 31st online, and they are expected to go fast. Expect to pay $20 per car plus fees and sales tax. The fair also wants participants to realize that it's an actual parade and expect a multi-hour event.

This is a parade! All vehicles will follow the same one-way 1.5-mile route through the fairgrounds by all 16 vendors. Plan for a multi-hour experience, and enjoy entertainment, a trivia contest and activities along the way. - Minnesota State Fair

So who will be at the food parade?

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

Get the full menu that each vendor is offering plus prices and how payments will be made during the event here.

For those that get tickets when they go on sale July 31, here are the entrance times for participants:

Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 20-23 and 27-30 (arrival times each hour at 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m.)

Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 3-6 (arrival times each hour at 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m.)

Monday, Sept. 7 (arrival times each hour at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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