What Was The Top Selling Food At The 2017 MN State Fair?
When I go to the MN State Fair sometimes I will try something new but I always go back to the standard, corn dogs.
What was the top-selling food last year? According to Minnesota monthly, it's not cheese curds or pronto pups, it's the most iconic food created by a former St. Paul school teacher. Martha Rossini Olson came up with Sweet Martha’s chocolate-chip cookies. Martha's has 3 fair locations and was able to convert her $17 pail of cookies, and other treats, into 4.3 million in revenue and that makes it the top-selling food at the MN State Fair.
Minnesota Monthly reports that the food vendors at the fair made more than $41 million in revenue and another $11.3 million in beer sales.
According to Minnesota Monthly here are the vendors who have sold more than 1 million dollars total over the years.
2017 Million-Dollar State Fair Vendors
Sweet Martha’s Cookie Jar: $4,361,315
Giggles’ Campfire Grill: $1,576,022*
Mouth Trap Cheese Curds: $1,314,483
Ball Park Cafe: $1,159,279
LuLu’s Public House: $1,150,274*
Midwest Dairy Association: $1,139,846
Cafe Caribe: $1,126,968*
Shanghaied Henri’s: $1,088,586*
Fresh French Fries: $1,010,847
* food and beer
The most interesting part of the report was that the top-selling cheese curd vendor was from Wisconsin. Dave Cavallaro from Ellsworth, Wisconsin, at the Mouth Trap Cheese Curds shop inside the fair’s Food Building. Every year 150,000 people hand over $6 for a tray of cheddar cheese curds.