ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Move over pronto pups and cheese curds, there are 40 new foods vying for fair-goers' attention this year. Here is a list of the new foods just announced for 2012 and be sure to check out photos of some of the featured items.
Alere's Featured Salads - Three new salads including an Asain, Classic Tossed and Garden Salad at Veggie Pie
Bacon Ice Cream - Real cooked and candied bacon in ice cream with a hint of maple flavor at Rainbow Ice Cream.
Beef Tongue Caramelos (Tacos) - Served with chipotle salsa, cilantro vinaigrette, sautéed onions, cabbage and jalapeno at Sonora Grill (new vendor).
Breakfast Sliders - Trio of sliders (steak, Cajun sausage and ham) served with scrambled eggs, homemade garlic mayo and topped with cheese and green onions at Rajin Cajun.
Camel Burger Sliders - Spiced camel meat served with tomato, white American cheese, spicy mayo and caramelized onions at Safari Express.
Cereal Killer Ice Cream - Soft ice cream that tastes just like the milk left at the bottom of the breakfast cereal bowl featuring two flavors - chocolate and one honey/nut. At Blue Moon Dine-In Theater.
Cheeseburger Sticks - Hamburger, American cheese, pickles and a secret sauce wrapped up in fresh-baked pizza dough and served with pickles and dipping sauce at Green Mill.
Chicken Nachos On-a-Stick - Skewered chicken breast with corn chips, nacho cheese, pico de gallo and jalapenos at Tejas.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Puppies - Crushed peanut butter cups baked in the middle of a Fudge Puppy custom-made peanut sauce at Granny's Kitchen Fudge Puppies.
Classic Walleye Roll - Fresh walleye, served chilled with Minnesota wild rice and minced celery at Giggle's Campfire Grill.
Cranberry Wontons - Cranberry-infused cream cheese wrapped in a crisp, flaky wonton shell and drizzled with chocolate sauce at Pham's Deli.
Duke's Poutine - Freshly cut french fries topped with piping hot gravy and squeaky white cheddar cheese curds at Duke's Poutine (new vendor).
Eggplant Caramelos (Tacos) - Served with roasted red pepper, sautéed onion, Chihuahua cheese and chimichurri aioli at Sonora Grill (new vendor).
Eggplant Fries - Served with chimichurri aioli for dipping at Sonora Grill.
French Dog - Choice of one of three sausages (original French Dog, smoked bratwurst or smoked jalapeno & pepper jack sausage) on a toasted French baguette at Sonny's Spiral Spuds.
Gluten-Free Chicago-Style or State Fair-Style Hot Dog - Quarter-pound 100% all-beef frankfurter served on an Udi's classic gluten-free hot dog bun in your choice of Chicago-Style or State Fair-Style hot dog at Chicago Dogs.
Gluten-Free Risotto Poppers - Arborio rice balls with black beans, cheese, scallions and spices, hand-rolled and dipped in tapioca flour and egg wash, then dipped in gluten-free crushed corn tortilla chips at French Meadow Bakery.
Great Balls of Fire - Hot and spicy ground pork sausage rolled into balls and served with dipping sauces, including Indian curry, Korean BBQ and cool cucumber at Sausage Sisters.
Grilled Wild Alaskan Salmon Sandwich - Grilled wild Alaskan salmon served plain or with fresh lettuce, tomato and bacon on a soft corn-dusted bun at Smokey's Charbroiler.
Hibiscus Iced Tea - Made from the hibiscus sabdariffa flower, this tea is a tart, cranberry-like beverage infused with freshly squeezed natural orange juice at Sonora Grill.
Lamb Chop On-a-Stick - 100% grassfed specially seasoned lamb loin chops served on-a-stick at Lamb Shoppe.
Lamb Fries - Traditional Middle Eastern dish of lamb testicles marinated with Holy Land spices at Holy Land Deli.
Minnesota Wine Bistro Menu - Grilled Portobello Mushroom Bar, Antipasto Plate and Wine Smoothies at Minnesota Wine.
Ole's Cannoli - Cannolis dusted with powdered sugar and topped with chocolate chips, pistachios or sprinkles at Ole's Cannoli* (new vendor).
Paul Bunyan Bar - A vanilla bean or cinnamon premium ice cream bar hand-dipped in chocolate, then rolled in chopped almonds, coconut flakes or chocolate at Ice Cream Parlour.
Ragin' Ankles - Slow-smoked tender pork shanks, crispy fried and tossed in a spicy pineapple rage at Famous Dave's.
Red Velvet Funnel Cake - Red-velvety funnel cake flavored with a dash of cocoa, brushed with butter, dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with a cream cheese glaze at Smoothies and Jurassic Dogs.
Scone with Sausage Gravy - A buttermilk scone covered with traditional southern gravy and sausages at French Meadow Bakery.
Spaghetti Eddie's Super Stick - A stick of pepperoni and cheese dipped in a garlic batter mix, deep fried and served with marinara and hot BBQ dipping sauces at Spaghetti's Eddie's.
Spaghetti Sticks - Spaghetti noodles, sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese all wrapped up in fresh-baked pizza dough and served with a side of spaghetti sauce at Green Mill.
Sushi - Two varieties of fresh sushi: California Roll and Tempura Shrimp Roll At Shanghaied Henri's.
Sweetie's Delights - Mashed sweet potatoes on-a-stick, lightly battered and dusted with powdered sugar at Mr. Potato & Sweetie.
Waffle De Liege (Belgian Street Waffle) - Authentic street-style waffles with a caramelized pearl sugar crust coating on a soft, sweet, dense and doughy waffle at Blue Moon Dine-In Theater.
Yosemite SAMwich - Spicy taco meat on a sesame seed bun with BBQ sauce, nacho cheese sauce, bacon bits and crispy onion tangles at Frontier Bar. --------------------------------------------------------
IF I were going, my top five to try would be:
5. That super stick from the spaghetti place. 4. Ragin' Ankles 3. Breakfast sliders 2. Great Balls O' Fire 1. Waffle DeLiege. Man, that looks good........
Honorable mention: Bacon Ice Cream The Nachos On A Stick almost got it, but only cuz I wanted something on a stick.
Wouldn't even go near: Lamb testicles. Nuh uh. No way.
Like CRZ said...very good. I went to an A's game and sat in the bleachers in full Boston regalia while the Sox slaughtered them two years ago, and barely recieved any disparaging comments. Just don't wear your green and gold.