Minnesota State Fair Vegan Food Guide

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‚Äôs anything I should add, or if you think something might not be vegan anymore. 

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Restaurant Alma’s Prix Fixe Vegan Menu

plate of arugula topped with grilled plums
Grilled Plum Salad

Alma is a cafe-restaurant-hotel in northeast Minneapolis, and they have a vegan option for their prix fixe dinner menu. I’d heard good things from other vegan friends, and my birthday seemed like a good excuse to check it out.

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Innate Foods: Vegan & Gluten-Free Bakery

Innate Foods in a tiny house bakery

Laura Ford started Innate Foods in 2016 and has hosted various pop ups and other events since then. Now she has officially opened her own vegan and gluten-free bakery out of her tiny house in Saint Paul.

When you walk in, you’re literally walking into Laura’s kitchen, and she has display cases set up with scones, cookies, blondies, and more. Currently, hours are limited to Saturday 8am-4pm, Sunday 9am-4pm, and Monday 7am-2pm.

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Vegan Options at the Uptown Food Truck Festival

Reverie Mobile Kitchen’s Nachos Supreme

The Uptown Food Truck Festival takes place Sunday, June 23 from 11am-9pm. There are several awesome vegan food options, and I’ll list my top recommendations. If you can bring a friend or four, you can share food, allowing everyone to try more food than they would otherwise. From home, I bring a large reusable bottle of water, cloth napkins, and eating utensils. If the forecast calls for nice weather, I usually also apply sunscreen.

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Vegan Options at Gandhi Mahal

a plate of rice with aloo matar gobi which is potatoes, green peas, and cauliflower
Aloo Matar Gobi

I’ve long heard other vegans tout the wonderful food at Gandhi Mahal, but for some reason only recently visited for the first time. I’ve gone to Everest on Grand and Himalayan a few times each, so my visit to Gandhi Mahal was overdue.

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Little Tomato’s Pizza

Anytime I visit an eatery that’s new to me, I do some research. Do they mark vegan dishes on their menu? If nothing is marked, then I sometimes choose to not go there unless I know someone who has been and can make a recommendation. If I don’t know someone who has gone and I decided to go anyway, then I have to think about how I want to ask about vegan options.

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Vixed Baking Company

Chocolate chip muffin mix and banana bread mix on a table with two bananas, and a postcard from Vixed Baking Company

Vegan + Mixed = Vixed!…

…as it states on the website for Vixed Baking Company. They recently launched Chocolate Chip Muffin and Banana Bread mixes primarily through an online shop with shipping throughout the US. Owner Farukh touts on her Instagram bio that Vixed is “woman-owned, Afghan-run, and Virgo-sustained” as well as made in Minneapolis. How many great reasons do you need to support a new company?

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What I Ate in Philly

A breakfast burrito with fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, coffee, and a monte cristo at The Tasty in Philadelphia
Breakfast at The Tasty

Philadelphia is like New York City on a much smaller scale. I loved spending a few days there for the first time, and it was fairly easy to utilize their public transportation to get around. There are many full vegan places and even more vegan-friendly places that have delicious offerings. I feel like I barely scratched the surface, and I can’t wait to go back.

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Vegan Options at Iowa City’s Big Grove Brewery

A picnic table full of vegan food including banh mi, tacos, guacamole, and vegetable skewers

My blogger friend Cadry and her husband David live in Iowa City, and I’m continually surprised by the vegan offerings in town. Cadry recently updated her post about vegan-friendly Iowa City businesses on Cadry’s Kitchen, and Big Grove Brewery sounded like a good spot to check out.

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Tare Market: Minnesota’s First Zero Waste Shop

A look inside Tare Market in Minneapolis with rows of various products from bulk food to personal care

I consider myself an environmentalist, which is one of the many reasons I’m vegan. To further align myself with this ethic, I’ve (finally) started looking at ways to decrease my waste. Lucky for me, Tare Market is now open in south Minneapolis, and it’s Minnesota’s first zero waste shop.

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Imperfect Produce arrives in the Twin Cities

an Imperfect Produce cardboard box that mentions supporting farmers and saving produce, water, land, and labor from going to waste

It seems like I can’t scroll through a social media platform right now without seeing a few posts about Imperfect Produce. This California-based company is slowly expanding across the US, offering delivery of “imperfect” fruits and vegetables sourced by farms who are unable to sell them for one reason or another. The produce may not meet an industry standard by being too small or by not being shaped the “right way,” or sometimes they take a surplus if a farm grows too much for them to sell.

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