Giggles’ Campfire Grill LLC is a Minnesota based company owned by Tim “Giggles” Weiss. Giggles founded the company in 2000. This will be our seventeenth year of operation at the Minnesota State Fair. We specialize in “made from scratch” fish and game menu items complemented by homemade sauces and toppings.
Tim is also the owner of The Original Gabe’s by the Park in St. Paul.
Kathie Jenkins, writer for the Pioneer Press sat down with Giggles to learn more about who he is. When he was a kid, he wanted to be a saloon keeper. On his way home from a grade school hockey game, he saw Connelly’s restaurant, where Gabe’s is now and he thought what a great location this would be to have a sports bar. A few years later, at age 13 he had his first job working at the Dairy Queen on Snelling Ave. Check out the full story here!
He found himself in the restaurant business, at the age of 18 when he was tending bar at Tiffany’s on Ford Parkway and worked from 1989 when Chester Willie asked Giggles to come work at Gabe’s. Giggles bought him out in 1994.
For a lot of people, the general public believes the Minnesota State Fair is only open twelve days a year, which is true, but Giggles starts getting his operation ready in May. He says, “The people out at the state fair think I’m a little kooky because I go out there every winter and shovel in front of my building.”
Ask him what the weirdest food he has ever eaten? He would say uncooked escargot, as it was a joke!
In 2013, Giggles’ Campfire Grill, built a brand new covered pavilion behind our establishment. This is the perfect spot to stay cool during the hot summer days of the fair while sipping on a cold beer and listening to nightly entertainment. Even during the rest of the year, you can find us open for events such as Back to the 50’s. We also can host private events such as corporate events, weddings, graduation parties and much more!
Are you looking for a venue that will leave your guest in awe and excitement to come back? Look no further than Giggles Campfire Grill at the Minnesota State Fair. Contact us to learn more & let the planning begin!