ST. PAUL — A controversial Minnesota State Fair food has been taken off the new foods roster after a petition circulated asking for its removal.
After regular fairgoer Jason Holtz learned the new foods list included an item by The Hangar called the Wingwalker Donut Flight — deep-fried cake doughnut holes and three syringes with Bavarian cream, chocolate custard and Minnesota lingonberry jam fillings — was on the list, he started a petition asking that the plastic syringes be removed, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
“I previously have tried to do something about waste at the Fair. Personally, I do what I can. I carry a bag and I bring my own utensils, cloth napkins, a bowl and a glass Mason jar with a lid and everyone will put stuff in it for you. It sounds extreme but this planet is drowning in plastic,” Holtz said. “Not everyone is going to go to this length, but the Fair can do better. There are many large events that are waste-free. Then when I heard about the syringes, I thought the waste is ridiculous. Also, I have a job where I work with chronic addicts and just the image of all those syringes littering the Fairgrounds … it’s not right. It’s wrong on so many levels.”
Holtz started the petition Monday. By Friday afternoon, July 12, more than 3,300 people had signed it. State Fair officials have removed the Wingwalker Donut Flight from the new foods list and replaced it with a new item from The Hangar.
The Hangar has added the Tailspin — French-fried onions and house-made coleslaw served on a hash brown waffle and drizzled with barbecue sauce and layered with pulled pork, elote, Oaxaca cheese and peppery spices — to the new foods list.
The Hangar still plans to serve a version of the doughnut flight, but it will do so in compostable trays that have three compartments for the fillings.