St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota State Fair is more than just food on a stick. The Eco Experience tells the story behind the best locally grown and produced food at the Healthy Local Foods exhibit, presented by Renewing the Countryside. Each day brings something new with themed days that focus on a particular cultural group. Healthy Local Food’s 2015 theme is AgriCULTURE: From First Peoples to New Immigrants.
Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. local chefs from around the Twin Cities will be cooking foods from different immigrant cultures using local ingredients on the Sustainability Stage!
Aug. 27: Don’t miss a Thai cooking demonstration. Watch as Joe Hatch-Surisook from Sen Yai Sen Lek cooks Naam Prik Ong, a spicy pork and tomato chili dip with lemongrass, garlic and cilantro.
Aug. 28 and 29: Sample modern and traditional Dakota and Ojibwe foods with Sean Sherman, the Sioux Chef. Don’t miss his cedar maple iced tea and native granola cooking demonstration.
Aug. 30: Discover the history of cured meats in this cooking demonstration with Mike Phillips from Red Table Meats.
Aug. 31: Witness as Frey Haile from Flamingo Cafe makes two East African dishes — Alicha and timtimo miser. Alicha consists of sliced green cabbage, carrots, potatoes and finely chopped onions in a mild sauce, seasoned with garlic, ginger and a hint of turmeric. Timtimo miser is made of red split lentils cooked in a spicy sauce that is a mixture of finely chopped onions, seasoned with fresh garlic, ginger and berbere.
Sept. 1: Join Lachelle Cunningham from Breaking Bread Cafe for some African American cuisine consisting of local fruit and vegetable smoothies and banana berry frozen treats.
Sept. 2: If you enjoy Chinese cuisine, Tammy Wong from Rainbow Chinese Restaurant and Bar and her cooking demonstration is one you will not want to miss!
Sept. 3: Learn the secret to perfect Chinese pork and chive dumplings with Nina Wong from Chin Dian Cafe.
Sept. 4: Enjoy tostones, maduros and roasted jalapeno salsa from El Burrito Mercado’s Milissa Silva-Diaz.
Sept. 5: Ruhel Islam from Ghandi Mahal will incorporate Indian spices and flavors in a bangla tilapia cooking demonstration.
September 6: Watch as Shamim Rashid from For the Love of Ghee puts her take on chickpea curry with cilantro chutney and tamarind sauce.
Sept. 7: Enjoy traditional Hmong cooking paired with agricultural folklore from Pakou Hang of the Hmong American Farmer's Association.
Major partners supporting the Healthy Local Foods exhibit are HealthPartners and Peace Coffee. A full schedule of the free cooking demos and presentations on our Sustainability Stage can also be found at www.ecoexperience.org.