Last November, I had the opportunity to attend the Pride of New York Harvest Festival at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The event featured a bounty of food and agricultural products produced around the state including a wide variety of products from the Finger Lakes Region. While wine was the main focus of my visit, it was difficult to ignore all of the other products which included artisan cheese, breads, honey and maple products, produce, and meat products including free range and organic products.
The exhibit will continue August 25th through September 5th at the annual New York State Fair. If you are planning on attending the fair, I highly recommend taking the time to visit the Horticulture Building that not only houses the Pride of New York exhibit, it also houses the New York Apple Exhibit and New York Maple Exhibit. Of course, there will be plenty of award winning New York State wines to sample, including the finest from the Finger Lakes. Don’t forget to go by the HP Hood Potato Booth to get your baked potato topped with New York butter and sour cream. You can easily spend a full day in this building alone.
There are many attractions at the fair besides food. With twelve days of free music, the midway, animal exhibits, arts and crafts, competitions, etc., there is plenty to do and see. A complete listing of attractions can be found here.
If a trip to the fair isn’t on your calendar, it’s not too late to plan a trip to Syracuse to enjoy the festivities. With daily admission at just $10, the New York State Fair is an affordable way to spend a late summer day or two.