Menu now includes fresh cheese curds and Greek yogurt

You've had cheese curds at the Minnesota State Fair, but never like this: The Dairy Goodness Bar, located in the Dairy Building, will now serve fresh cheese curds in two delicious flavors, white cheddar and zesty cheddar. The 4?oz. bags will cost $3.

Dairy goodness dessertAlso new this year, the Dairy Goodness Bar is serving Greek yogurt in honey?vanilla and strawberry flavors for $1 per serving.

Located next to the Princess Kay sculptures, the Dairy Goodness Bar regularly ranks among the fair's top food attractions. In 2011, the Dairy Goodness Bar served 203,992 items. The Dairy Goodness Bar also serves chocolate, vanilla or twist cones for $3; cheddar, mozzarella, pepper jack – and, new for 2012, smoked string – cheese sticks for $1; white, chocolate or strawberry milk for $1; and peach, raspberry or blueberry yogurt for $1.00.

Once again, Midwest Dairy Association is giving Minnesota fair?goers a delicious opportunity to sample local produce along with their ice cream. The Dairy Goodness Bar will be serving up Minnesota?grown apples and strawberries from Pine Tree Orchard of White Bear Lake in their malts ($5) and sundaes ($4). Flavors include strawberry, rhubarb?strawberry, apple?caramel, chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, caramel and blueberry.

In 2011, the Dairy Goodness Bar served 111,200 malts. Strawberry was the number?one fruit flavor; workers served 6,960 pounds of strawberries. The Dairy Goodness Bar is open throughout the fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

On Thrifty Thursday (Opening Day, Aug. 23), 8?oz. chocolate milks are two for $1. On Senior Days (Monday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 30), ice cream cones are $2.50 each. On Kids Days (Monday, Aug. 27, and Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 3), cheese sticks are two for $1. And on Military Appreciation Day (Tuesday, Aug. 28), 8?oz. chocolate milks are two for $1.

Midwest Dairy AssociationMidwest Dairy Association is a non?profit organization funded by dairy farmers to build demand for dairy products through integrated marketing, nutrition education and research. Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy farmers in a 10?state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at Midwest Dairy.