Dining Hall at the Minnesota State Fair

Celebrating 120 Years!

Started by a group of church women in 1897, the Hamline Church Dining Hall is the oldest food concession at the Minnesota State Fair. Our menu hasn't changed much over the years, serving up baked chicken, pot-roast, and our signature dish--Hamloaf. We also have burgers sizzling, and wraps and salads in our cooler. The biggest draw is our State Fair exclusive Izzy's Ice Cream Flavor out at the front window. This year, we're excited to announce that we're on the New Foods List with a special 120 year addition to our menu: Wild Rice Meatballs with Lingonberry Sauce. These Swedish-style meatballs are made with wild rice and dried cranberries and are simmered in a rich all spice cream sauce and drizzled with a lingonberry preserve. We're also serving up our annual staple of a new Izzy's Ice Cream flavor. "S'more Fun" is a a toasted marshmallow ice-cream base with chocolate chunks, gram cracker swirl and gram cracker pieces.

You can find is two blocks from the main entrance at 1667 Dan Patch Avenue. Volunteering at the Dining Hall is a family affair, and for our 120 years we have been run mostly by hundreds and hundreds--if not thousands--of volunteers. Over the years, 25 people have been specially recognized by the fair for 50 years of service.

Hamline Church Dining Hall partners with Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe to sell an exclusive, one of a kind ice cream flavor at the Fair. This year it's "S'more Fun." Other excellent Izzy's flavors at our Dining Hall include Church “Elder” Berry, Mini Donut Batter Crunch, Jello Salad, and Butter Queen Coffee Ice Cream.

Want the recipe for hamloaf?! Check out a scan of our old recipe card here.

Want to know more about our history? Click here.

Hamline Church believes in the power of generosity, and sharing the wealth we receive. Each year, Hamline Church selects a food justice organization to receive a portion of our proceeds at the Dining Hall. We calculate this donation to match a meal given for a meal purchased.
In 2017, we supported Feed My Starving Children and The Sheridan Story

A portion of the proceeds earned from the Hamline Church Dining Hall will benefit two ministry partners working to address issues of hunger both locally and globally. Feed My Starving Children uses volunteer efforts to pack meal packets to be sent around the world.  www.fmsc.org. The Sheridan Story is network of churches and schools working together across the metro to provide food to cover the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school. Our contribution would go directly to supporting meals for students at Hamline Elementary School. www.thesheridanstory.com

In 2016, we supported the Keystone Mobile Food Shelf.

The Foodmobile program was launched in May 2015 to bring emergency food and other essential services directly to people with high needs and limited access to transportation. A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that one in five St. Paul households does not have access to enough food for healthy living. There are neighborhoods in our community with families in need of food assistance but with limited access to both grocery stores and food pantries. The foodmobile acts literally as a vehicle to bring food to people who cannot access healthy food consistently. Keystone is the primary provider of emergency food services for the metropolitan areas of St. Paul and suburban Ramsey County. They serve over 24,000 individuals annually.

In 2015, we donated $5,414 to Second Harvest Heartland.

With this amount, Second Harvest was able to provide roughly 20,800 meals for our hungry neighbors – equivalent to the number of meals we served in 2015 at the dining hall. Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative food banks. In 2014, it delivered more than 74 million meals to over 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. They provide assistance to meal programs like Loaves and Fishes, where Hamline Church members volunteer bi-monthly.