Hello, Eating Ithaca followers! We've had an exciting couple of weeks and we've got so much to share with you in the weeks ahead, it's hard to know where to start.
First let's just get this out of the way: finally, after a year of hiatus, we are going to be bringing back the Eating Ithaca podcast starting in October. We're very excited and also a little nervous about it all (do we even remember how to do this?) but it's been long enough, don't you think? Look for more announcements here and on our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates. We'll probably be tweaking this website along the way as well and adding some new features, so stay tuned.
Secondly, we were contacted by people working behind the scenes at the NY State Fair last week who offered us free tickets to attend the Fair this year as guest bloggers!
We've never been to the Fair before, but we've talked about it as a great showcase for both good eating (two important food groups: fried and on-a-stick!) and for the amazing local culinary and agricultural bounty of New York, so we took this as a sign that it was time to go see it all for ourselves.
However, we need your help: What do you think first-timers should eat/see/do at the Fair?
Of course, we've been to other fairs before and they are always fun, but this is "The Great NY State Fair" and it's bigger than any we've been to before. Because it's so big we'd hate to miss out on something really great, so if you've been to the NY State Fair before, we'd love your advice. Tell us:
- your favorite must-try unique food
- your favorite place to get standards like french fries or funnel cake
- a unique competition or demonstration we should see
- specialty food products we should stock up on to bring home
If you're going to be at the Fair showing off products or talents of your own, let us know! We'd love your advice on any of it - just leave a comment below, post an idea on our Facebook page or tweet it to @EatingIthaca. We can't promise we'll be able to do it all, but we're sure gonna try!
The NY State Fair starts this week, running August 25th through September 5th. We're not sure which day we'll be going yet, but probably within the next week so get us your feedback soon. You can visit their website at nysfair.org for a list of all the vendors, concerts, and special events happening this year. They also have a cool mobile-friendly site that we're looking forward to using, including a "food finder" tool that is going to be very handy for plotting a course through a day of indulgent eating.
And if you've never been to the NY State Fair either, this might be the year to give it a try. Admission is only $10 and kids 12 and under are free, and it's only about an hour from Ithaca. We're honored to be getting in for free this year too, but we know we'll be making up what we're saving in admission by buying even more delicious fair treats -- err... supporting the food businesses at this fun annual event.
Get in touch with your ideas, and stay tuned for more updates. We'll have a full report on our NY State Fair adventure after Labor Day and even more when the Eating Ithaca podcast returns!