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.