Taste of Minnesota: Warmed over, but with a twist

  • Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2009 - 7:58 AM

Taste of Minnesota has new owners, bigger acts --but a lot of the same-old.

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nomedsJul. 4, 09 7:53 AM

First off, you are allowed only to buy 8 tickets at a time with some of the food items costing 7 and 9 tickets. Second, the food is extremely expensive. $5.00 to $6.25 for a footlong hotdog. $7.50 for french fries. $6.25 for a funnel cake. The same holds true for the other food items.

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jmlandryJul. 4, 09 8:29 AM

You cannot leave there without extra tickets. You see they use the IBM Deep Blue super computer to make it impossible to leave without unspent tickets. My experience it sucks! $6 buck and a long line for 1 rib.

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polarbear58Jul. 4, 09 8:33 AM

I do feel bad the the promoters who seem to want to revitalize this event.

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hmmmmmJul. 4, 09 8:50 AM

I stopped going when they moved it from the Capitol grounds to Harriet Island. The line ups went down hill. Hard to believe people actually think the show has gotten better This year we got Judas Priest, Whitesnake and Bret Michaels. Oooooh Wow. It is amazing that Elvis Costello signed up for this. He still cant drag me over there. Someone needs to come up with an alternative in Minneapolis. Something with much more diversity. Happy 4th Ya'll!

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coolnoutJul. 4, 09 9:21 AM

The security detail for the paid section was out of control at Judas Priest. When a group of exhuberant fans surged towards a section of security fence outlining paid seating during the song, Break The Law, they were met by the first layer of security, a red shirted gal who obviously never attended a heavy metal concert. She hysterically singled out the group in an alarming fashion that instantly drew three security detail with muscles in yellow shirts. They seemed compeled to skip communication and quickly positioned themselves with members of St Paul Police who wrestled and arm twisted them into submission for behaviour I have witnessed at every general standing concert, individual exhuberance and dance. d the ower music has over with The hyper sensitive, security/securityII/police reacted to theduring the song, Break the Law grabing and arresting people from the crowd for being exhuberant during

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sarahripJul. 4, 09 9:29 AM

I and many of my friends and family have never gone sense it was moved from the capitol and now that the prices are way too high, I can tell u 100% that we will never ever go.

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sparksmspJul. 4, 09 9:31 AM

"The food -- despite talk of returning to the days when Taste hosted well-known local restaurants -- is more in line with county-fair fare". It was fun to try the different food at sample prices.

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sparksmspJul. 4, 09 9:58 AM

"The food -- despite talk of returning to the days when Taste hosted well-known local restaurants -- is more in line with county-fair fare". . . In the old days at the Capitol grounds, it was fun to try the different food at sample prices.

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jallen52Jul. 4, 09 9:59 AM

I can get the same experience at the MN State Fair.

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purplepantsJul. 4, 0910:07 AM

I brought my family down there last year and the first thing out of the kids mouth once we got there was "Daddy, I'm scared." We ate a donut and took off. "F" this and "F" that all was all around. Maybe since they are charging money to get in there will be less of it, but until someone tells me different, the family won't be going.

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