It’s always a sweet time for me to go home for a visit! Central New York was a great place to grow up. Four Seasons each and every year. We could count on that for sure! Every season is just beautiful in Central NY. The Summers are lush and green and the Falls are breathtaking with the gorgeous leaf colors. Spring is lovely with all of the blooming flowers and budding trees to include Lilacs (I sure do miss those!), and then the Winters are just exquisite with the look of a winter wonderland everywhere you turn.
Just imagine sitting on this porch with a cup of coffee in the mornings!
Central NY Amish country
Going home to visit family and friends is just a special time for me, as a part of my heart is still in New York State. Getting to include the NY State Fair during my Summer visit is always a treat. There is just so much to do at this fair! One building after another to explore.
One of my favorite buildings is the Dairy Cow Birthing Center where you can actually witness the live birth of a beautiful calf. It’s just a miracle and amazing to watch. And then the calves just start walking shortly after being born. Just incredible. Just look at these beautiful animals. I just can’t get enough of them. Great care goes into all of the cattle at the NY State Fair.
Minutes after a calf was born
Meet Edward with his mighty fine prize-winning cattle…Blue Ribbon!!
It was a thrill this year to be able to do a Gluten-Free Food Demo at the Wegmans Kitchen in the Horticulture Building. It was such a dream come true for me! Just a bucket list item. I used to sit in the audience from back when I was about 12 years old on!! I was actually able to do 2 food demos. One was a demo for a Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie and the other was for a Gluten-Free Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet Dinner & Gluten-Free Citrus Avocado Salad. The audiences were great and interactive. I was able to give some gluten-free/celiac information that I hope was helpful along with some gluten-free cooking tips. I can’t wait to go back next year! Gluten-free desserts will be the focus!
Pie Demo – Talkin’ about pure Vanilla!! Nothing like it in a recipe!
Here are the recipes so you can make them too!
I had multiple sponsors who donated gluten-free items for my swag bag giveaway raffle. It was so fun to be able to draw people’s names to give them these great raffles. Thank you to these businesses for allowing me to have such a tremendous swag bag to giveaway, times 2!!
- Peter’s Cornucopia, New Hartford NY
- Mr. Mikes Pizza & Italian Restaurant, Lake Placid NY
- 110 Grill, Destiny USA, Syracuse NY
- Carmella’s Cafe, New Hartford NY
- O’Baby’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe, New Hartford NY
Showing off Carmella’s GF Marinara Sauce from the Swag Bag
Thank you Mark & Debbie for graciously allowing me to take over your Wegmans Kitchen to make my goodies and share my passion for preparing gluten-free, Celiac-friendly food. I appreciate you both so much. It was a special time for me to say the least. I am already brainstorming for next year! Please have me back……you won’t be disappointed….I promise!
There are so many things to see and do at the New York State Fair! It takes days and days to soak it all in and eat your way through!
A Cotton Candy Burrito!! Gluten-Free! Okay, I was in heaven!
2019 NYS Fair Annual Sand Sculpture! WOW!! Just look at this incredible detail! It’s amazing and so fun to see a different sand sculpture each year!
Pure NY State Maple Syrup. It sells like hotcakes at the Fair! SOOO good!
And then there’s the midway….something for everyone!!
I hope I’ve given you a sweet taste of the New York State Fair with some of my favorite things that are truly highlights for me. If you ever want more info about the Fair or other things to see and do in the area, please reach out to me. I would be glad to give you all sorts of info.
Until next time NY,