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Aug. 26 – Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2021

133 Days 17 Hours 16 Mins

Fair FAQ

Food & Beverage

Please note: This information has not yet been updated for 2021. Please check back in the spring and summer!

When are food vendors open?

Most vendors are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., but some open at 6 a.m. when the fairgrounds open, and some will stay open until the fairgrounds close. Many vendors’ hours of operation are listed in the Fair Finder; to find vendors open before 9 a.m., use the “Open Early” filter under “Category.”

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When are alcoholic beverages sold?

Cheers! Alcohol sales during the fair are 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., except Sundays when sales begin at 10 a.m.

Can I still enjoy the fair with food allergies?

The Minnesota State Fair’s group of independent concessionaires and restaurant operators work hard each year to help fair guests with food allergies. Most of the food vendors, although not a requirement, will post allergy warnings, particularly those pertaining to nut issues, but we encourage fair guests to inquire about specific concerns with each vendor.

Consider visiting the Health Fair 11 exhibit at the fair, which offers free or low-cost health screenings, as well as information to help visitors navigate and safely enjoy the fair. Pick up a list of gluten-free fair food options produced by Twin Cities ROCK, also found here!

Can I bring my own food and beverage to the fair?

Certainly. Fair guests are welcome to bring outside food and drinks, except no alcoholic beverages may be brought into the fair. Coolers are permitted, but will be searched at entrances. Coolers are not permitted in the Grandstand.

Do food vendors accept credit cards?

Some food vendors accept credit cards, but we do recommend bringing cash, as not all vendors do. We do not maintain a list of vendors who accept credit cards, but in the Fair Finder, we do list those we are aware of; to find them, type “credit cards” in the keywords filter.

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Does the fair provide a list of gluten-free food items?

Twin Cities ROCK, an independent nonprofit organization, compiles a list of gluten-free fair food options based on a questionnaire sent to food and beverage vendors. You can pick up a list at Health Fair 11 on Cooper Street, any information booth, or view it here!

Does the fair provide or a list of vegetarian or vegan food items?

We do not maintain a list of specifically vegetarian or vegan foods; you can, however, find concessionaires who sell specific foods at the State Fair by using the Fair Finder on our website.

In the Fair Finder, type “vegan” or “vegetarian” in the keywords filter to see which vendors have indicated that they offer vegan or vegetarian food or beverage items. Note: This database is not comprehensive; there may be other vendors who offer vegan or vegetarian options. We definitely encourage all State Fair guests to talk to the vendors, as they are the most knowledgeable about their food.

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What new foods will be at the fair this year?

We have quite the list of tasty Official New Foods! Use the link below to learn more. You can also go to the Fair Finder and use the “New Food/Flavor” or “New Concessionaire” filters under “Category.” Or print off a brochure or pick up one at an information booth to make sure you don’t miss anything!

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Where are water bottle filling stations and drinking fountains located?

When you get to the fair, stop by an information booth to pick up a map with all of the places to find water on the grounds: drinking fountains, water bottle-filling stations, a list of vendors handing out free water and more.

Do you sell souvenir beverage bottles?

Yes! Souvenir drink bottles are a great fair memento and way to save on beverages at the fair. Select vendors throughout the fairgrounds sell the bottles and refill them with select beverages such as soda or lemonade at a discount. (Prices vary by vendor.) Use your bottle unlimited times during your fair visit. You can even bring in a bottle from a past fair and receive discounted beverage refills. When you get to the fair, stop by an information booth to pick up a map showing all of the vendors that sell the souvenir bottle.