NY – June 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / Your recipe for barbecued
brisket might be great, but is it the best in New York State? A contest
to find the best brisket in the state is one of several new culinary
competitions for amateur cooks at the 2017
Great New York State Fair, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced
Wednesday (June 14). Sponsored by New York’s famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
restaurants, the Barbecued Brisket competition will take place on the Fair’s
new Preview Day, Wednesday, August 23. The contest offers $200 for best
brisket. Second and third place will receive prizes of $100 and $50 gift
cards to the restaurant, as well as a barbecue sauce caddy and apron. A
second competition offers similar prizes for the top three recipes for
The Fair and several sponsors
are also debuting new cooking competitions using some of New York’s top
agricultural products, such as cheese and apples. In addition, the Hunter
& Hilsberg Jam & Jelly Contest will expand its contest with brand
new categories as part of the 13-day Wegmans Culinary Competition.
“The State Fair is a showcase
for the very best of New York. Our competitions offer everyone a chance
to show their skills and creativity. It’s always exciting to look through
the various competitions, ranging from the arts to agriculture, and see
the tremendous level of talent in our state. I encourage everyone to consider
entering a competition this year,” said Waffner.
“Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is excited
to partner with the Great New York State Fair to find the best barbecued
brisket and beans in the state,” said John Stage, founder of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
“We have always been a big supporter of everything New York and love showcasing
that New York can offer some genuine Bar-B-Que as well.
Additional Culinary Competitions
Also on August 23, fairgoers
will have a chance to participate in a new competition involving salads.
Competitors will use New York vegetables or fruits to prepare their favorite
salads, adding other ingredients as necessary. Judges will taste the salads
but fairgoers visiting the Wegmans Demonstration Kitchen in the Art &
Home Center will be able to see and vote on the appearance of the salads
as part of the overall judging.
The New York Apple Association
joins the Fair’s roster of culinary competitions with its new Creative
Apple Pie competition on Tuesday, August 29. Pies will be judged on appearance,
taste, and the quality of the crust. All pies must be made with New York
apples. The top prize is $100.
The New York State Cheese
Manufacturers Association is sponsoring two new competitions using New
York State cheese. Top prizes of $100 will go to the amateur cooks creating
the best appetizer and best entrée using at least one cup of cheese.
A competition that began
last year will grow this year. The jam and jelly competition, sponsored
by the Syracuse gourmet foods supplier Hunter & Hilsberg, will seek
to find the best watermelon jam or jelly and the best savory jam or jelly.
are open only to New York residents who are not professional cooks. The
full schedule of competitions is:
ends July 3.
Wednesday, Aug. 23: Salads;
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Contest
Thursday, Aug. 24: Canned Foods
Day; Wilton Cake Decorating Award
Friday, Aug. 25: Hunter &
Hilsberg Jam & Jelly Contest; Empire State Potato Growers Club Contest
Saturday, Aug. 26: Practically
Homemade Contest; King Arthur Flour Contest
Sunday, Aug. 27: Cookie Day
Monday, Aug. 28: Cake Day
Tuesday, Aug. 29: Pie Day; Chocolate
Day; New York Apple Association, Inc. Creative Apple Pie Contest
Wednesday, Aug. 30: NYS Maple
Producers Association Contest
Thursday, Aug. 31: New Hope
Mills Contest; New York State Cheese Manufacturers Contest
Friday, Sept. 1: Bread Day;
Red Star Yeast Contest
Saturday, Sept. 2: Especially
for Youth Under 16 Day; Five Ingredients or Less Day
Sunday, Sept. 3: Great American
Spam Championship; Spam Kid Chef Contest
Monday, Sept. 4: Grand Competition
New York State Fair Competitions
Culinary is one of more
than 50 classes of competitions open to all New Yorkers during the 2017
Fair. Other classes of competition include agricultural shows in flowers,
livestock, and farm products; the annual youth talent showcase; fine arts
competitions that showcase talents in photography, painting and drawing,
poetry, quilting, and more. Registration for most competitions is open
now. Information and links to online entry forms can be found at nysfair.ny.gov/competitions/how-to-enter.
In 2016, more than 3,000 people entered State Fair competitions.
About the Great New York
York State Fair, operated by the New
York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August
23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Find
Your Great...,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing
The 375-acre New York State
Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it
first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality
of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for
the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gate— the arches
of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger,
15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the
brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical
service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as
a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and
visitors from across the nation. Renderings can be viewed
A year-round schedule
of events is available on the Fair’s
website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook,
follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and
enjoy photos from the Fair at Flickr.com/photos/nysfair.
Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York
State Fair at email@example.com.
Public Information Officer
NYS Department of Agriculture
New York State Fair
315-487-7711 x 1377