News from the New York State Fair:
The first-ever Taste NY Food Truck Competition will premiere Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Great New York State Fair in Geddes.
This first-of-its-kind competition will see as many as 20 chefs from across the state surrounding Chevy Court with their trucks and offering samples of their most creative and tastiest offerings for fairgoers and judges.
Entrants will be required to use foods primarily grown and produced in New York state. Judges will sample each truck’s signature entrée to determine a winner of the judged portion of the competition and to rank each competitor.
Fairgoers also will help pick a winner in a separate competition. Samples of the competition entree will be available at each truck for $2 per sample for fairgoers.
The entrée receiving the most votes from fairgoers, who will receive a ballot with each $2 sample they purchase, will be crowned the People’s Choice winner.
Each winner will receive a trophy and a gift card for $750 from a New York State food supplier or distributor. The second place finisher in the People’s Choice category will receive a trophy and a portable 3500-watt generator.
Entries will be accepted until all 20 slots have been filled. The application form is available only on the Fair website, at http://www.nysfair.org/wp-
content/uploads/2015/03/2015- NYSF-Food-Truck-Competition- Application-and-Rules.pdf. Food trucks will not be serving food to the general public beyond the entrée samples.
The day of competition will conclude with each truck taking part in the fair’s daily 6 p.m. parade.
The Fair Hits the Road
In the meantime, the fair will soon roll out a truck of its own. A mobile vending truck with the fair logo will spread the word of the fair at public events around the Central New York region this spring and summer, offering information about advance sale tickets to the fair along with information about the fair itself.
At selected events, Acting Director Troy Waffner plans to drive the truck himself so the fair’s many fans can give him their suggestions personally. Fair mascots Pop and Candy will also be on hand at selected events to pose for photos and greet the fair’s youngest fans.
Appearances by the truck will be announced as they are confirmed.