HAMBURG — It’s no surprise, in a region that loves to eat, that the number one reason why people attend the annual Erie County Fair is food.
During the 12 days (Aug. 12-23) of the 2015 Fair, the fairgrounds plays host to over 504 food items available at 126 food stands. The bill-of-fare ranges from time-honored regional favorites to limited edition, deep fried novelty treats only found at the Fair.
Over 20 new menu items have been added to the menu and will not disappoint those fairgoers with a sense of culinary adventure. Highlights include:
• Deep Fried Chicken Wing Dip, an invention of Diventuri Concessions, utilizes Frank’s Red Hot sauce, chicken, cream cheese wrapped in a shell and deep fried until golden brown.
• Buffalo’s Mineo & Sapio will serve up Chorizo Ciabatta. It’s a zesty chorizo patty, with dill pickles, sliced tomatoes, pickled red onion, Asian slaw, Chipotle creolaise served on a grilled ciabatta roll.
• Hickory Smoked Bison Sandwiches will be sold by the Maple Ridge Bison Ranch of Hinsdale, New York.
• Longtime Fair vendor Chiavetta’s Catering Service will debut its new Stuffed Texas Toast that features slow smoked roasted pork, in between two slices of cheddar cheese, garnished with fresh sliced sweet onions in a sweet pickle sauce, in between two slices of Texas toast and toasted over charcoal.
• Dave Pierri, owner of Pizza Amore’ from Grand Island, will debut a Deep Fried Pizza Cone. The concoction includes traditional pizza ingredients inside a deep fried dough cone for an easy grab and go Fair experience.
• Egyptian restaurateur Jack Adly, owner of Venus in Amherst, will bring the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors of Chicken Shawarma. The dish features chicken, rice, and a homemade garlic sauce.
• The Bacon Funnel Cake on a Stick, from Taylor’s Doughboy, is a strip of bacon on a stick dipped into funnel cake batter, fried, and topped with homemade maple icing & powder sugar.
The “Taste of Fair” Food Festival will return for a second year and is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20. Fair vendors will feature nearly 100 “taste” sized portions for $2 each.
New for 2015, Fair fans will be able to vote for the “Best New Food at the Fair” in the “New Food Showdown. After trying some of the new dishes, the public will be able to cast their vote on the Fairgrounds mobile app. Voting will begin opening day, Aug. 12, and continue to Aug. 18.