It’s been a year since some of us have tasted doughy fried Oreos or sipped a 4-H milkshake, Dutchess County Fair staples. For its 176th edition, the Fair is bringing back its popular food favorites, which include dishes fried, breaded or served on a stick, but there are a few new additions and new vendors.
Unfortunately, the Sporkrun, a public choice contest where food vendors offer a special treat just for the fair, was canceled for the 2022 fair. The Sporkrun was also canceled in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.
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“With staffing shortages and food insecurities, our thoughts (show organizers and vendors) were that this is probably not the year to add another layer of stress to (vendors),” said Deborah Aschmann, manager dealerships, vendors and partnerships for the show. “Hopefully we can bring him back next year.”
After the fair is over, vendors with unused ingredients and produce can donate what’s left to those who are food insecure, through a coordinated effort by fair organizers, Power supplyHVa “community food network” and Red Hook respondsa voluntary organization.
While visitors will have to wait at least a year for the return of the Sporkrun, they’ll find the usual staples at the fair like fried Oreos, zeppoles and ice cream; the fair has no shortage of fun and unique foods to discover during its six days.
Here are five foods to try at the fair:
What do you get when you combine pizza with tacos and Doritos fries? Gillette Catering’s Mexican pizza. A slice of pizza topped with taco meat, chipotle ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, Doritos nacho cheese flavored chips to give it a crunch and, if desired, a little sour cream. Find Gillette Catering in the Horticulture section of the show.
Not your thing? Gillette Catering will also offer other pizzas, calzones, pasta bowls and other Italian-based dishes.
Janek’s Polish Foods will not only offer traditional Polish dishes like kielbasa and stuffed cabbage, but also a full pierogi bar. Soft Polish Dumplings are filled with a variety of fillings, not just the potato and cheese most people are used to (mushrooms, anyone?) and can be topped with a variety of toppings making each order unique for the customer. Discover them in the Food Mall of the fair.
Janek’s will also offer German wursts, “Polish-style” burgers, pastrami and corned beef sandwiches and more.
Mediterranean rice bowl
For those looking for a healthier option, J&S Concessions brings some Mediterranean cuisine to the fair. Next to Janek’s in the Food Mall, you’ll find the stand with its bowl of Mediterranean rice, complete with pita, shredded lettuce, cucumbers, onions and tomatoes, Greek olives, pepperoncini, feta cheese, tzatziki sauce and with the choice of lamb of the customer, chicken, beef or falafel.
Other J&S Greek concessions will serve gyros, chicken pitas, garden salads, and more.
When you eat all that food, you’re going to have to wash it down with something. To Eddie’s Pickles, New York’s oldest pickle company, in addition to their fermented pickles, you’ll find pickle drinks and pickle juice. According to owner Ralph Pisarski, the company’s pickles as well as its brines and juices contain probiotics to help boost immunity along with trace minerals and vitamins.
Brine drinks, which do not contain vinegar, will be offered by Eddie’s Pickles, including regular brine, spicy brine and dill brine. Located in the Food Mall, the stand will also offer vegan fried pickles and their fermented pickles.
Big glazed donuts
Need something sweet? Peachey Support Company, in the Horticulture area of the fair, offers giant frozen donuts as well as cream donuts. For those who prefer salty to sweet, they also offer buttery pretzels.