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Sep 10, 2008 08:44 PM

Fairground food - the Big E

I'm hoping to indulge in some good old-fashioned junk food at the Eastern States Exposition next week. I haven't been to a state fair type thing in over a decade. Any recommendations for not-to-be-missed carnival delicacies? Funnel cakes? Corn dogs? Is there anything new on the midway?

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  1. I, too, am going and haven't been ro a fair type thing for many many years. I've heard the cream puffs shouldn't be missed. I'm looking forward to other suggestions.

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    1. re: catsmeow

      I heard the same thing about the cream puffs and tried one last year. It was ok. It might have been that it was the end of the day and I had already sampled quite a lot of the fair, but I was not that impressed.

    2. Maple syrup candy in the Vermont building.

      1. I have not been in years (over 20) so I only remember that is fair food x100! They did not have the cream puffs back then (or I missed them) but my boyfriend is a huge cream puff fan so I am sure he will be checking those out! I just need fried dough and some sort of greasy sub (sausage/pepper/onion is sure sounding good right now).

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        1. re: xcptnl

          Yeah, the cream puffs seem to be a recurring theme! They're even mentioned on the Big E website. I'll definitely check those out!

        2. 1) Poppy's fried onion rings
          2)Not just maple sugar candy, but maple sugar cotton candy (fresh, not bagged) at the VT bldg
          3) and, of course, Maine baked potatoes smothered in whatever you love.
          Then there are tons of other things, including the creme puffs and giant eclairs, plus I like Del's lemonade in the RI bldg.
          Can you tell I'm jonesing for the fair? Missed the Big E last year and can't get there till the last week this year, but will be there rain or shine!

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          1. re: mjoyous

            I tend to stick to the State Pavilions for what I think is the best food at the Big E.

            1) An ice cold glass of maple milk from the Vermont Pavilion. Or from the stand in the Farm Center.
            2) Maine baked potato at Maine pavilion
            3) Del's Lemonade at Rhode Island and while I'm there I'll get Clam fritters if I'm in the mood.
            4) Blueberry Cheesecake Sundae thing.. Maine, I think.
            5) Apple Crisp with ice cream or cider donuts - Vermont Pavilion
            6) Maple cream cone at Massachusetts Pavilion
            7) Fudge from... New Hampshire I think. I always park on that side of the fair and get the fudge to eat in the car on the way home.

            Outside of the state pavilions, I always go for the fried cheese curds. I'll often stop for the cream puffs. When I want to sit down and have someone bring me a beer, I'll go to the Sam Adams beer garden at Storrowton Tavern, but the food is nothing special.

            There's a few places in the Better Living center that are worth a stop. The jerky from Heidi Jo's Jerky is usually pretty good.

            There's a list of food vendors on this page, but not much detail:

            Friday the 26th is New England Specialty Food Day, where all the State Pavilions have vendor tents out front (vendors that aren't there during the rest of the fair). If you can arrange it, it's worth trying to go that day, plus the traffic and crowds are a bit less insane on the weekdays.

            1. re: mjoyous

              I'm not a huge cotton candy fan, but maple sugar cotton candy sounds fab!

            2. I second the ME potato and raise you fried cheese curds.

              I'll be there on the 22nd!

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              1. re: invinotheresverde

                Center cut pork chop sandwich near the Better Living Center. Baked Potato from the Maine Building. Lobster Roll from the Maine Building. Tom Thumb donuts remind me of going there as a kid.
                I'm looking for something new and different. Anyone?
                Is there a listing of food vendors anywhere?

                1. re: invinotheresverde

                  hmm...I'll have to try the fried cheese curds!