Rochesterfest Food Alley Vendors for 2004:
Buffalo burger, Bratwurst, Hot Dog, Riblet
SNAK FAIR FOOD/LIL ORBITS
Mini donuts, corn dogs, smoothies, chocolate covered cheesecake on a stick
Cheese curds, Onion Rings, Corndogs
OLMSTED CO. AMERICAN DAIRY ASSN.
Malts & Shakes
OLE & LENA’S
Krumkake, Uffda Treats, Dessert Pancakes
Cotton Candy, Pickle on Stick, Foot Longs, Brats, Corn Dogs
Fish & Chips
Ice Cream Cones
Fruit Buds, Popcorn, Chicken on a Stick, Apple Delights
Cheddar Tots, BBQ Chicken Wings, BBQ Chicken Wrap, Philly Beef Wrap, BBQ Pork Wrap
LIONS CLUB BRATWURST STAND
Sweet Corn, Bratwurst, Ice Cream Products
G AND C CONCESSIONS
Tacos, Taco Salad, Nachos & Cheese, Nacho Supreme, Root Beer Floats
CHARLIE’S FOOD CONCESSIONS
Sausage, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, French Fries, Foot Longs
FIVE STAR CONCESSIONS
Baked Potatoes with Toppings, Taco in a bag, Homemade Cookies, Fruit Bard, Ice Cream Sandwiches
JOHN HARDY’S BBQ
Pork Sandwiches, Chicken Sandwiches, Chips, Beans
S & S CONCESSIONS
Mini Donuts, Slushy and Smoothie Drinks
STRAWBERRIES & CRÈME
Fresh Strawberries with Topping
Fried Potatoes, Chips-n-Dip, Chicken Strips, Cheese Sticks
Gyros, Greek Salad, Philly Steak, Greek Desserts
Quesadillas, Chicken, Beef, Cheese, Stir Fry Beef in Pita, Langos, Seafood & Beef
ROSCOE’S ROOT BEER & RIBS
BBQ Meats, Hot Dogs, BBQ Meats on lettuce, Pig Wings
YE OLDE BUTCHER SHOPPE
Pork Chops on Stick, Brats, Smoked Turkey, Drumsticks
Green Chili Burrito, Tamales, Taco salads, Burritos
AXEL’S WINGS & THINGS
Chicken Honey BBQ Wings, Alligator Burgers, Chicken Hot Wings, French Fries, Nachos
Sausage, Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza
Funnel Cakes, Pretzels, Soft Serve ice Cream, Sno Kones
VEGGIE EATS BY VIGOR
Veggie Hot Dogs, Beer Brats, Kielbasa, Polish Sausage and Burgers, Potato Salad, Soups
Rochesterfest is a highlight of the year for the city. It is a week-long celebration which includes a parade, fireworks, food venors, street dances, and many other fun activities.
Beginning the first Monday of the festival, Civic Center Drive is converted into "food alley," where you can get loads of great fair food. This location is also the center for the entertainment activities which usually take place on or near the mainstage. Every day at noontime there is some kind of performance. Many Mayo Clinic and other downtown employees take advantage of the nice weather to spend their lunch hours at the festival during the week.
One of my favorite activities of the festival is the Hot Air Balloons - "Moonglow." This takes place at the Mayo Civic Center Circle and begins at sunset. Usually about 5 balloons are parked in the circle and when the sun goes down, they create a beautiful show with their glowing fires. There are also hotair balloon races during the weekend.
Other activities include: An old-time baseball game, Sand Castle competition, Million $ Golf Hole in One, Treasure Hunt, City Parade, Annual Midwestern Lumberjack Championships, Cemetery Walk, etc, etc.
Rochester will be held June 19-27 in 2004.
(See the website for schedule information)
If theres a fair going on while you're here, make sure to go, Minnesotans love food on a stick! There's corn on a stick, corn dogs, pork chops on a stick, ribs on a stick, cotton candy on a stick...no if they could only put Tom Thumb donuts on a stick...Tom Thumb donuts are the BEST!!! Have some!
...don't forget the beer garden!
FYI!!!!!! I just heard the latest news!!!!!
Up at the state fair, they have fried maceroni(sp?) and cheese on a stick!!!
Because of Mayo Clinic and IBM there is an absolutely amazing amount of diverse nationalities and races in this small city of appx. 80,000 people. Many great opportunities exist for learning about cultures and people groups different than your own.
Minnesotans favorite subject is the weather...Everybody talks about the weather....If you feel like talking to anybody, mention the cold or the wind and we will most definitely have an opinion=)
Rochester is a VERY cosmopolitan city for its size. Most of the Christian denominations are represented as well as Jewish and Muslim comunities. Throughout the year many ethnic festivals are held as well as a very midwestern County Fair (Olmsted) with farm animal/ 4H arts crafts conservation and the carnival midway. Rochesterfest is held in the middle of June and is a Block Party type event weeklong in downtown. The biggest mistake people coming to Rochester make is NOT ASKING almost anyone on the street for information they want. Rochester is a friendly town and used to and appreciative of visitors to theMayo Clinic and other area attractions.
Interpreters are avaiable at the clinic for non English speaking visitors.