Supertaster Hits the Minnesota State Fair

What’s new? What’s great? What’s weird? Our columnist samples offerings from supermarket aisles and fast-food menus.

Supertaster Hits the Minnesota State Fair

Atlantic Salmon on a Stick

By: Giggles’ Campfire Grill
I Paid: $5.25 for about 6 ounces of salmon

Taste: 5stars

Marketing: 4stars


Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

By: Mouth Trap Cheese Curds
I Paid: $5.50 for about a dozen fried cheese curds

Taste: 4stars

Marketing: 3stars

Peach-Glazed Pig Cheeks

By: Famous Dave’s
I Paid: $5 for three glazed pork cheeks

Taste: 4stars

Marketing: 3stars

Chokecherry and Maple Syrup Sodas

By: Renewing the Countryside
I Paid: $4 for 12 ounces of soda

Taste: 5stars

Marketing: 5stars

James Norton edits the Upper Midwestern food journal Heavy Table. He’s also the coauthor of an upcoming book on Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers. His Supertaster column, in which he samples offerings from supermarket aisles and fast-food menus, appears on CHOW most Mondays and Thursdays. His wife, Becca Dilley, takes the photographs for Supertaster. She specializes in weddings and food photography, and is the coauthor of and photographer for the book on Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers.

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