Eating your way through the NY State Fair

Eating through the NY State Fair

Dozens of food vendors supplied attendees with a variety of festive favorites to enjoy.
Published: September 8, 2021
New York State Fair 2021 Food - Ferris Wheel View
The view from the ferris wheel offered fairgoers a bird's-eye view of food vendors and attractions across the New York State Fairgrounds.

Desperate for a greasy treat? The New York State Fair was the perfect place to satisfy your every summer craving. Jam-packed with Instagram-worthy snacks, the Fair had something for everyone. Here are some thoughts on the feast this year to keep in mind next time the Fair’s in town.

The Classic Choice: Funnel Cake

You can’t go anywhere carnivalesque without spotting this fan favorite! Never without a line, funnel cake vendors were kept on their toes as they served eager customers. Rich, sugary, with just the right balance of flakiness and crunchiness, this treat was hard for the masses to pass up.

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The Best of Both Worlds: Deep-Fried Oreos

Hands down, deep-fried oreos are the best crossover treat the Fair has to offer. The frier made the oreo soft, allowing it to melt in your mouth. If you’re an adventurous fan of funnel cake, the deep-fried oreo just might be for you.

New York State Fair 2021 Food - Funnel Cake and Fried Food Stand

Oreo-lovers flocked to the scene to try the fried addition to the classic cookie.

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Underneath its crispy exterior, the fried oreo contains a softened cookie to complement the dough.

Prime Insta Content: Cotton Candy

Looking to brighten up your feed with pastel hues? Cotton candy is your new best friend. Doubling as the anecdote for a sweet-tooth and the perfect prop, its only downfall was its stickiness. Luckily, restrooms are placed throughout the Fair, leaving you with no excuse to not grab cotton candy next year.

New York State Fair 2021 Food - Cotton Candy
The bright-colored cotton candy attracted crowds of customers wanting to taste the sweet treat.

New York State Fair 2021 Food - Candy Apples

The Fall Favorite: Caramel Apples

Who doesn’t love this autumn essential? Caramel apples are the perfect way to snack into spooky season with their savory shells and juicy innards. Easy on-the-go and aesthetically pleasing, caramel apples make for both charming pictures and satisfied stomachs.

The AMC-Upgrade: Kettle Corn

We all know and love the popcorn at our local movie theaters. The Fair elevates this classic treat by adding extra sugar into the mix, creating kettle corn. Poparazzi Kettle Corn took the liberty of warning passersby that its product is addictive, a truth that became quickly evident to its customers. Once you start, it’s hard to stop… in the best way possible, of course.

New York State Fair 2021 Food - Kettle Corn Stand
Passersby stopped to indulge in Poparazzi Kettle Corn's novelty product.

The Rite of Passage: Fried Favorites

Hot dogs, chicken tenders, wings, and corn dogs could be found at the heart of the Fair, as pictured. Order your American favorites with a side of fries and you’ll be ready to stomach the daunting rides the Fair has to offer. Don’t eat too much, of course, if you’re planning to sample a few of the previously listed treats or you may leave with regrets.

If this menu overview is giving you FOMO, make sure to mark your calendar for next year! Wouldn’t want to miss out on eating your way through the fair two years in a row!

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is a psychology junior with a minor in human development and family science and contributor for The NewsHouse.