Calling all Foodies: Treat Your Taste Buds at State Fair Meadowlands
By Mel Fabrikant Tuesday, June 03 2014 @ 03:00 PM EDT
Fairgoers will get a slice of uniquely American cuisine this year, with vendors offering everything from jambalaya, gator kebabs and Maryland pit beef sandwiches, to sticky buns and sweet potato fries with marshmallows. Feeling adventurous? Try some deep-fried cream cheese with larvettes or a PB&J sundae.
East Rutherford, NJ – June 3, 2014 – State Fair Meadowlands is set to offer a taste of Americana this year, with over 50 unique vendors from around the country providing a wide array of savory and sweet treats during the fair’s June 20-July 6 run at the State Fair Meadowlands fairgrounds in East Rutherford. Fairgoers will have the opportunity to try out some real Louisiana jambalaya, Maryland pit beef sandwiches, gator kebabs, sweet potato fries topped with marshmallow and brown sugar, turkey legs, grilled corn on the cob and much more.
“The fair has something for everyone – from Jersey pizza and classic chicken wings to Mr. Sticky’s famous Pennsylvania sticky buns. Fairgoers will find a feast for their eyes and mouths with the incredible assortment of delicious food vendors we will be hosting. In fact, with so many great choices, the hardest part will be picking what to try first,” said Al Dorso, President of State Fair Meadowlands.
Fair-goers seeking a savory experience can grab some gator or shark kebabs at Chester’s Gators and Taters – and for a daringly delicious and interesting experience, tender “pig butt on a stick” or even the brand-new foot-and-a-half long Dogzilla bacon corn dog. Or, enjoy the domestic fusion of Funtastic Food, where Maryland meets North Carolina, featuring Carolina-style pulled pork or shaved Maryland pit beef on a Kaiser roll, finished off with sweet potato fries covered with marshmallow fluff, and sprinkled with seasoned salt and brown sugar. For those wanting a hint of Europe, gyros, souvlaki, kielbasa and Stromboli will be on offer.
Those with a sweet tooth will love Brian the Deep-Fry Guy who promises to deep-fry ANYTHING; cookies, candy bars, grilled cheese sandwiches, Pop Tarts, and even his buckeye creation of peanut butter dough, wrapped in chocolate and deep-fried. Daring foodies might want to try Brian’s deep-fried cream cheese with larvettes (yeah, that’s larvae!). The Fair will also host a traditional ice creamery, The Ice Cream Mill, featuring its famous peanut butter and jelly sundae – vanilla ice cream, homemade peanut butter and grape jelly sauce, topped with whipped cream and a Nutter Butter cookie.
To cool down, fairgoers can try out fruit smoothies, frapps, root beer floats, old fashioned soda and homemade lemonade.
State Fair Meadowlands is the largest fair in the New York metro area, with over 150 rides and attractions on over 35 acres of fairgrounds. Entertainment is free with entry ticket; fairgoers can enjoy all-day access to live music concerts, the Racing Pigs, the Big Cat show, hypnotist Steve Bayner, the Sharkbait comedic juggling show, and, for the first time this year, an Open-Air Circus featuring a real live human arrow and high-wire acts. Fairgoers also won’t want to miss taking a ride in the Batcopter, the original helicopter from the 1960s TV series, as well as the Skyride, an all-time family favorite.
Cousin Brucie's Palisades Park Reunion II will be held on Saturday, June 21 at 7 pm, featuring Chubby Checker, Neil Sedaka and other ‘60s pop icons. For more modern tastes, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will perform on Friday, June 27, and Kendall Schmidt’s Heffron Drive will perform on June 28. The fair will also be “Concert Central” for over 20 up-and-coming local bands.
Fair hours are Monday through Thursday, 6 pm to midnight; Fridays 6 pm to 1 am; Saturdays 2 pm to 1 am; Sundays 2 pm to midnight. On opening Dollar Night, June 20, the fair is open 5 pm to 1 am. On Thursday, July 3, the fair is open 6 pm to 1 am; on Friday, July 4 from 2 pm to 1 am. Parking is free Monday through Wednesday, and $5 Thursdays through Sundays. Opening night, parking is just $2. The fair will be offering free shuttle buses from/to Secaucus Junction. Visit www.njfair.com for more information about entertainment, transportation, ticket prices and a list of Bargain Days.