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Taste of Minnesota: Food, Live Music and Fireworks in Downtown St. Paul


The Taste of Minnesota was St. Paul's Independence Day celebration. A Taste of Minnesota was a fair of Minnesota food, local restaurants' cuisine, live music from national names and local headliners, and a fireworks display.

Taste of Minnesota was held at Harriet Island, on the opposite bank of the Mississippi River from downtown St. Paul. Taste of Minnesota ran from 1983 and until 2009, as a free festival. In 2009, Taste of Minnesota was sold to new owners. The new management introduced a $10 admission charge, which did come with $10 of food vouchers.

Then in 2010, admission was by ticket only. Tickets were $20 in advance, $20 at the gate before 4 p.m. every day, and $30 after 4 p.m. And there were no food vouchers included in the ticket price. After so many years as a free festival, attendance fell short of what was needed to make the festival financially successful, and the organizers filed for bankruptcy.

The City of St. Paul was left without an Independence Day celebration. The city is requesting applications for a replacement event, but as of 2011, no suitable replacement has been found.

For 2011, a fireworks display is planned, but there will be no Taste of Minnesota. The fireworks will be held on Harriet Island on July 4.

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