Rochesterfest 2022 – Post Bulletin . Dining Experience

Rochester – I’ve lived in Rochester for about a year and a half now and while I’ve been able to experience a lot so far in Mid City, Rochester is something I’ve never been able to fully absorb.

I checked out last year’s Rochester Festival at Soldiers Field Memorial Park for a while, but was more than a spectator walking around for about 20 minutes without trying any of the food, or even getting on the ice.

I wasn’t about to make this mistake twice, so for the 2022 Rochester Festival, I took off my training wheels and ate all the delicious food that Rochester Festival had to offer. Since I don’t have a stomach big enough to grab a bite from every vendor that surrounds racetrack and field, here’s a full list of food vendors offered: rochesterfest.com/food.php.

Now that we’re off our introductions, let’s delve into the food I ate at this year’s Rochester Festival.

Smoked Turkey Legs – J&J Franchises

Smoked turkey legs from J&A Franchises J at Rochesterfest 2022, June 20, 2022.

Eric Fisher/Rochester Post Newsletter

When I first walked the dirt track to start observing the vendors, the first thing I stuck to was a large sign advertising smoked turkey legs. Now, being a huge fan of barbecue and any type of food that comes from a smoker, I’ve been naturally rambling in this direction.

What I got was exactly as advertised from the J&J franchises. This $14 hunk of meat was exactly what I was looking for and tasted delicious amongst the turkey being very tender and having a nice smoky flavour. I couldn’t finish it all, because there’s more food calling my name at the Rochester Fest.

Taco Asada Street – Karampas

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Tacos on Asada Street from El Karampas at Rochester Fest 2022 on June 20, 2022.

Eric Fischer / Newsletter

I’ll always proudly admit that I’m a street taco fan. Regardless of the circumstances, if you asked me if I wanted a taco, I would probably say yes. That’s why when I switched from the turkey paddle, my next stop was El Carambas.

I ordered two Asada Street tacos for $10—which come with sides of chips, rice, and refried beans (I’ve stopped eating beans)—and cleaned the plate. The tacos had all the flavor you could ask for with cilantro, onion, cheese, lemon, and sauce, and the steak was tender as well. These tacos were one of the highlights of my day at Rochester Fest, if not.

Foot Long Hot Dog – Angler Franchises

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A foot-long hot dog from Engler concessions at Rochester Fest 2022 on June 20, 2022.

Eric Fischer / Newsletter

I feel like a staple at any carnival or festival is at least one vendor that sells long hot dogs, and Engler Concessions were sure to do just that for just $7.

I smacked my fair share of mustard on it (looking back, I should have enjoyed it too) and enjoyed a classic hot dog that you simply can’t go wrong with.

Shave Ice – Minne’sno’da Shave Ice

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Snow Shave Minne’sno’da Shave Ice at Rochester 2022 Festival on June 20, 2022.

Eric Fischer / Newsletter

Between the drumming, tacos and hot dogs, I could feel the meat sweating, so it was time to cool off. The best way I thought of was to walk to Minne’sno’da Shave Ice for some great rewards, a great way to unwind in the summer.

I got myself a kid-sized cup for $5 because I was already full, and I’ve gone with Darth Vader (a blend of black cherry and berries) since I was a Star Wars fan.

Milkshakes – Olmsted County American Dairy Association

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A mint chocolate milkshake from an Olmsted County American Dairy Association truck in Rochesterfest on June 20, 2022.

Eric Fischer / Newsletter

On my last stop of the day, still looking to cool off, I found that across the field in an Olmsted County American Dairy Association truck selling $5 milkshakes and malts. My favorite flavor for any form of ice cream is mint chocolate, so I went with a milkshake.

It was a perfect way to spend a whole day dining at the 2022 Rochester Festival.

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