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Vegan State Fair Contest

The Minnesota State Fair will add a vegan category to its cooking contest.


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State fairs are typically the territory of livestock auctions, deep-fried Twinkies, and other non-vegan staples. While bakeoff and cooking competitions of every stripe have long been part of fair history, that history is about to shift, at least in Minnesota. The Minnesota State Fair, which runs from August 25 to September 5, will now include a vegan main dish category. Though there are many non-vegan categories, Minnesota joins only the Iowa state fair in having a vegan category. Texas has had a completely vegan state fair (in addition to the non-veg version) since 2010. 

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