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You may be surprised to learn that vegans (and those with dairy and egg allergies) can find a variety of things to eat at the Minnesota State Fair! Check out my list below and let me know if there’s anything I should add, or if you think something might not be vegan anymore.
Disclaimer: I have compiled this list from what I’ve eaten and from other lists I’ve seen online, so I haven’t necessarily tried everything and therefore cannot legitimately recommend everything. Please do your own due diligence and confirm with food vendors about their products as I’ve learned things can change unexpectedly. Examples: Last year, a vendor who had confirmed a new vegan dish decided to add dairy butter within a few days of the fair starting, and this year Hot Indian Foods changed the wrap on their samosas so they’re no longer vegan.
Cinnamon Roasted Nuts*
Holy Land Deli – Falafels, grape leaves & more
Island Noodles – Traditional noodles are marked vegan
Panda Palace Asian Cuisine – Vegetable Spring Rolls, Veggie Fried Rice
St. Martin’s Olives on a Stick
Falafel King – Falafels with tahini
Harry Singh’s – Anything marked vegetarian should be vegan
Manny’s Tortas – Virgin piña colada and fresh pineapple
Mario’s – Grilled Portobello Veggie Pita or Vegetarian Pita without cheese
Oodles of Noodles – Spicy Thai Noodles, Spaghetti or penne with marinara
Sara’s Tipsy Pies – Irish Apple Pie* marked vegan (see photo below)
Elsewhere in the fair
Ballpark Cafe – Onion rings, garlic fries*
Big Pop: Vegan Cheddar Popcorn (Grandstand lower level)
Chan’s Chicken on a Stick – Vegetable Fried Rice, Veggie Lo Mein
Corn Roast – Hold the butter
Dole Whip – Pineapple or raspberry, marked non-dairy – see comments below
Farmers Union – Offers soy and almond milk
French Meadow Cafe and Bakery – Baked goods marked vegan (usually a scone and two muffins), Cauliflower Earth Wings
Fresh French Fries – Marked vegan, gluten-free, and kosher
Henry’s Kettle Korn
Juanita’s Fajitas – Veggie Fajita, Bean Bowls without cheese
Minneapple Pie – Apple pie without ice cream
Minnesnowii – Mangonada Shave Ice
Minnesota Apples (Ag/Hort Building) – Apples, cider, frozen apple cider, applesauce
OOF-da Tacos – Vegetarian Taco without cheese
Potato Man and Sweety – Sweety’s Churros without whipped cream, unsure about dipping sauce (warning: see Heavy Table’s review)
Preferred Pickle – Regular or Cajun fried pickles*, bring your own dipping sauce of choice
Produce Exchange (2 locations) – Fresh fruit, grilled peaches, kombucha on tap*
Sonny’s Fair Food – Spiral cut chips
Tiny Footprint Coffee – Offers soy and almond milk
Tot Boss – Plain tots
*My top picks
French Meadow splits its menus, so you buy the baked goods on the right half (when facing the stand) and Earth Wings on the left half.
I was told that the batter at Vegie Fries contains eggs, and that the batter on the Fried Green Tomatoes contains dairy.
As you can probably guess, many places serve fries, and there are a wide range of beverages to consume so I chose not to include those on the list. I download the Minnesota State Fair App every year since the map has a handy search feature. Keep in mind many places are cash only, and you’ll find ATMs stationed all around the fair if needed.