By Amanda Wurtz
Your taste buds will rejoice with the new food selections at the Red River Valley Fair (RRVF), held July 9-14.
Among the 29 vendors, the Original Minneapple Pie Company with make its debut at the RRVF with deep fried mini apple pies and your choice of homemade vanilla or cinnamon ice cream. The bacon and chocolate lovers will be lining up at the window of Kuhlman Concessions food stand for bacon-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, salted caramel chocolate chip cookies or any of the mouthwatering brats, pickle dogs or the stick items of chocolate covered gummy bears or chocolate covered bacon.
“We aim to offer food choices that will provide a variety and satisfy fair-goers desires,” said Judy Dvoracek, the fair’s special events coordinator. “The pie and cookie vendors caught our eyes as a great addition and we hope they will be a big hit and complement our other great food vendors.”
The Original Minneapple Pie Company’s award-winning dessert was perfected in 2009 after nine months of fine-tuning the recipe. The concession company, operated by Andy and Libby Atsidakos and their adult children George and Joanne, who own Minne’s Diner in Rogers, Minnesota, began taking its now famous pies to fairs and festivals in 2011, the pies were sold at Target Field and at the MN State Fair. Now you can be among the masses to try the delicious pie too.
Kuhlman Concessions, based out of western Wisconsin, is also a family-run business like the pie vendor. The family works together to entertain your taste buds with unique sweet treats and tasty home-style food that has a Wisconsin flair. “We are proud of our children for showing their true entrepreneurial spirit, and for all their hard work and for sharing their amazing ideas,” said Marti Kuhlman. “Stop by and meet them – they are usually good for a joke and some tasty treats!”
Other new additions will be Cherry Berry, which made its footprint in Fargo in 2011 and SKC Teriyaki with Asian food such as chicken curry. Also, back by popular demand from last year’s selection is the filling Meat Eater, a brat wrapped in cheese and bacon in a bun that is deep fat fried, stated Dvoracek.The long-time fair favorites will also have a strong presence, dishing up items such as cotton candy, popcorn, hotdogs, lemonade, ice cream, cheese curds, hamburgers, onion rings and caramel apples. “We have 14 vendors that come back yearly that occupy of about 20 of our spaces with some of them having more than one space,” said Dvoracek.
For foodies looking for something different, come try out the indulgences during the lunch period on Tuesday, July 9 thru Friday, July 12. Typically, gate admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children but the admission fees have been waived during the weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “It gives business people the chance to come out and have lunch and it also gives young families the chance to come out for the day without having to spend a lot of money,” explained Dvoracek.Read more about other food vendors and the mouth-watering foods to be offered at the fair on this fair page: http://www.redrivervalleyfair.com/vendors/foodvendors.htm. Or, to find out more information on other 2013 fair activities, check out the website at www.redrivervalleyfair.com, call the Fair office at 701-282-2200 or like the Red River Valley Fair’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Red.River.Valley.Fair.