For most visitors to the Minnesota State Fair, food is a large part of their fair-going experience. But not all of it has to do with items on a stick.
The Minnesota Cooks program is an annual event held at the State Fair in Carousel Park. This year it will be held on Sunday, August 28.
The program brings together farmers with some of Minnesota’s premier chefs as they demonstrate how they use farm fresh, Minnesota grown ingredients to create award-winning fare for their restaurants.
"Buying local and making the connection between where your food comes and what you put on the table is becoming more important to people these days," said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. "Minnesota Cooks is the perfect way to celebrate the great food produced in Minnesota."
The Minnesota Cooks program consists of six 45-minute shows with outstanding chefs from throughout Minnesota demonstrating their talents and interacting with various emcees who interview the Minnesota farmers who produced the food, as well as local celebrity tasters.
“This is really an opportunity to reach out and educate consumers while working to create market opportunities for Minnesota food producers,” adds Dennis Timmerman, AURI project development director.
The event was started by Minnesota Farmers Union, and is supported with sponsorship from the AURI and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.