Midtown Global Market Eateries at the Minnesota State Fair!

A smiling Manny Gonzalez holding a pineapple with the top cut off.

Manny Gonzalez at work

In case you need enticement to take in the Fair more than once, take the culinary route.  Though the diversity and abundance of ethnic delicacies are too much to survey – much less consume, here’s a taste sampler from the Midtown Global Market guaranteed to perk up the laziest taste bud.

In an interesting arrangement that allows all of the tenants to keep the home fires burning while they staff the Fair concessions, MGM restaurants will take turns at the International Bazaar

·         La Loma Tamales proffers their signature pork or vegetarian tamales (2/$5) through Monday, August 30th.

  • Jakeeno’s Trattoria serves their cheesy risotto on a stick ($6). They will also be bringing back their pear and gorgonzola salad with candied walnuts ($5) for $5 and their prosciutto wrapped asparagus (2/$5)   Jakeeno’s  will be at the MGM booth August 31 through September 3.
  • Manny’s Tortas covers the MGM booth September 4-7.  Manny’s blends a non-alcoholic pina colada served in a fresh pineapple ($7) to wash down their classic tortas ($5) each.  Manny’s tortas, Cuban, chicken or vegetarian sandwiches, are replete with cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado, jalapenos, refried beans and chipotle pepper mayo.

Three other Midtown Global Market businesses will be located in the International Bazaar throughout the twelve days of the Fair.

Outside the International Bazaar fairgoers won’t be at a loss for munchies.

Manny, who obviously just can’t get enough of the Great Minnesota Get Together, will be hawking his tortas in the Food Building throughout the Fair.

The Produce Exchange will feature their popular “Big As Yo’ Face” sweet and juicy peaches in the Agriculture Building, across from the entrance to the International Market.

Also in the Agriculture Building Salty Tart bakery will serve their award-winning macaroons.

Bon Appetit!

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One response to “Midtown Global Market Eateries at the Minnesota State Fair!

  1. Thank you for the great article about Midtown Global Market vendors at the State Fair. I wanted to let you know that the schedule listed in this blog is actually from 2009, so here is the 2010 schedule:

    •Aug. 26 – 29: La Loma Tamales will offered its signature tamales: chicken, pork or vegetarian, as well as lemonade.

    •Aug. 30 – Sept. 2: Safari Express, NEW to the State Fair this year, will offer food from East Africa, including camel on a stick, a centuries old delicacy, for $5. Owner Jamal Hashi and his staff will also feature mango on a stick for $5, Somali sambuzas, one for $3 or two for $5, and an authentic African cooler for $3.

    •Sept. 3 – 6: This year Jakeeno’s Trattoria will feature garlic cheesy bread with marinara sauce, 3 pieces for $6. The Jakeeno’s team will also be bringing back their four-star pear and gorgonzola salad with candied walnuts for $5, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, two for $5, and authentic Italian soda for $5.

    These Midtown Global Market businesses will be on site all 12 days of the Fair:

    Manny’s Tortas, serving tortas and non-alcoholic pina coladas in fresh pineapples. The Manny’s Tortas booth can be found in the Food Building.

    The Produce Exchange and The Salty Tart will feature a peaches and cream frozen parfait treat, ice cold coconut water, “Big As Yo’ Face” peaches, sweet and juicy nectarines, and award-winning macaroons. The Produce Exchange and The Salty Tart will again be located in the yellow tent on the lawn of the Agriculture Building (across from the entrance to the International Bazaar).

    Café Finspang, selling authentic Scandinavian gifts, will be located in Heritage Square.

    Three other Midtown Global Market businesses will be independently located in the International Bazaar throughout the Fair. Holy Land Grocery and Deli will dish-up authentic Middle Eastern fare; West Indies Soul Food will feature traditional Caribbean food; and Fiesta in America will sell an assortment of Mexican candy and popsicles.

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