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fair vs. fair: BIG E

October 10, 2009

the Big E is a huge fair that takes place in western mass…i actually hadn’t heard about it until a couple years ago when my old roomie told me she used to drive all the way from maine to go to this fair. the Big E is known for its “avenue of states” which is a row of buildings modeled to look like new england state capitals. inside each building, you will find a tourism booth and lots of vendors selling and promoting regional foods, products and local attractions. it’s the largest fair in the northeast…and every year it attracts visitors not only from massachusetts but from all over new england.

this was my first time at the Big E, and i was pretty darn excited to see what the heck it was all about.


the first thing i noticed about the Big E, is the absence of the all out carnival-like atmosphere that the LA county fair had…this fair was more focused on local tourism, commerce and agriculture. there were still plenty of rides and games and fried dough stands but there were even more educational centers and about a million booths selling all kinds of stuff like hot tubs, drills, ladders, blenders, etc…

anyway...the first thing i did upon entering was look for some food! i was hungry!

i found some grilled corn at a farm stand outside the connecticut building. yum!!


check out the pretty CT grown veggies:



i also found this friendly lil’ guy visiting from dinosaur place in montville, ct.


we browsed through more state buildings: MA, NH, RI, ME, VT and i made mental notes of the foods i had to go back for after we explored ate what the rest of the fair had to offer (i’ll get to that soon).

my favorite-est state building was vermont, which is also the only new england state i haven’t been to.


i got a caramel apple, apple cider slushie and tommy got a cider donut from the cold hollow cider mill stand inside. vermont is also known for having the best foliage, maple syrup, chocolate and being home to ben and jerry’s!


(sorry about the worst pictures ever…it was really crowded inside the buildings!)

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i also enjoyed visiting maine which had tons of yummy foods as well…including whoopie pies and wild blueberry crisp! mmm! they were hard to pass up, but i was there for the famous maine grown baked potato! these spuds were so popular that we stood in line for about 20 minutes to get one!


i got mine topped with sour cream, chives and bacon bits. would you believe this was actually effort to be “healthy” since i didn’t get the butter and cheese sauce?




i had to save the caramel apple for the next day because before i ate through vermont and maine, i had actually already eaten quite a bit!

earlier in the day, i had fried mushrooms and veggies from the osborn mushroom farm stand.



it came with fried ‘shrooms, bell pepper, sweet potato, cauliflower and onion rings which tom ate all of.

there was also a bite of tom’s fried dough.


just a bite…i kinda overdid it with the with deep fried battered veggies. it may have also helped that the fried dough stand was next to this bakery stand where i may have purchased a strawberry cream cheese tart.



although it feels like all i did was eat the whole day…we did fit in some other fair activities.

we saw giant squash, and squash animals

(my lips are blue because it was freezing!)



i decided that i need my own piglet because they are the cutest things ever.



we paid a visit to the petting zoo.




bought a fake sham-wow. (which totally doesn’t work!)


and tried our hand at some games.



that hello kitty did not come home with me 😦

so which fair would you prefer? the crazy food at the LA county fair…or the state houses at the Big E?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2009 5:47 pm

    I prefer this fair 🙂

  2. October 11, 2009 12:46 pm

    Holy honkin potato! It looks so good though. As does the grilled corn! I loooove a good corn on the cob.

  3. cookingforaveganlover permalink
    October 23, 2009 8:55 am

    Come to VT


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