Monday, September 10, 2012

Visit the Big E For the Ultimate Picnic

Those of you who have read my blog in the past know that I love picnicking, which is simply enjoying a meal outside, either from your own picnic basket or someone else's. In this case, you don't even need a picnic basket. Just an appetite and some cash will buy you scrumptious foods from around the world, all of which can be enjoyed at the biggest fair in the northeast.

The Big E at the Eastern States Fairgrounds in West Springfield, Mass runs from September 14th to September 30; seventeen days to visit dozens of concession stands. And, don't forget about the Avenue of the States where you can sample the best foods each state has to offer. Then, simply step outside with your tasty treasure and enjoy your picnic.

The Maine Building: giant baked potatoes served with an array of toppings
The Vermont Building: for the best maple syrup and cheese
The New Hampshire Building: for fresh baked pies
The Rhode Island Building: for seafood
The Massachusetts Building: for chowda and lobster rolls
The Connecticut Building: for fried dough and on the outside Rosco's hot dogs and steamed hamburgers

And, of course, the famous Big E Cream Puff at the New England Center is a must. I've never tasted better.

Don't miss this yearly tradition of not only the best fair foods, but also gifts from around the world, daily parades, exhibits, rides, top name performers, Storrowton Village Museum, the Super Circus and more.

If you happen to visit on Thursday, September 27th, stop into the CAPA bookstore in the Connecticut Building between 10-1. I'll be there with other local authors to sign our books. As a matter of fact, during each of the 17 days you will not only find the best books on every genre right there, but authors signing and personalizing them for your favorite gift recipient.

I'd love to say hello, and hear about your favorite picnic foods.