Each year The Big E outshines all other fairs on the East Coast, bringing with it some of the most delectable treats in the Pioneer Valley. This year is no different. With old favorites and new arrivals, the 2013 Big E is a hot spot for mouthwatering desserts and fried delicacies that will have you coming back for more.
Ever-Popular Fairtime Favorites
The Big E’s famously celebrated pastries are back by popular demand! Sink your teeth into a Big E Cream Puff or indulge in a melt-in-your-mouth Big Éclair! These filling desserts are great to share, but love at first bite will have you keeping them all to yourself. The Big Éclair and The Big E Cream puff are made on location at The Big E Cream Puff Bakery in the New England Center; they are also sold in the Food Court.
The classic combination of sweet and salty takes on a whole new flavor with The Big E’s Craz-E Burger. This bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two halves of a grilled, glazed donut earned world-wide media attention when it was first introduced in 2009. Find this uniquely delicious combination at The Big EZ Café.
New Foods to Tempt Your Taste Buds
The Big E has just the thing to start your day off right with a hearty breakfast! Stop by The Big EZ Café to enjoy our new Craz-E Breakfast Sandwich: a combination of the classic bacon and egg sandwich with a new twist! This old time favorite is placed between two halves of a grilled glazed donut, making for a wonderfully yummy morning treat!
If you can’t get enough of the sweet and salty combination of The Big E Craz-E Burger, you‘ll surely want to try the Chocolate Baconana, a deliciously fruity banana dipped in chocolate and rolled in real bacon at the Veggie Patch on Commonwealth Avenue.
Then visit the Moolicious Pie Shack inside Gate 7 and try one of their world class pies – Peach, Blueberry, Apple, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Turtle and Pecan which will be served a la mode. Also available are Moo-Nuts, a delectable donut stuffed with soft serve ice cream and a variety of toppings. An apple fritter is available in the same delicious style.
Stop by the Coffee Break in the Food Court and try the new Deep Fried Strawberry Shortcake, complete with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar.
Don’t forget about classic BBQ style lunches. The Ultimate BBQ has a new lunchtime addition with its Three Pigs in a Bun. Pork-lovers will want to try this 6-inch grinder roll filled with grilled pork sausage, bacon and pulled pork. The Big E is your last chance of the season to enjoy corn on the cob. Choose a flavored butter at Meester Mike’s Corn on New England Avenue.
The New England Craft Beer Pub, located across from the Rhode Island Building, features craft beers from each New England state. Pair them with pub food including Reubens, lobster mac & cheese, hearty beef stew, popovers and more.The 30’ x 60’ Big E Wine and Cheese Barn is sure to grab your attention. This new, permanent structure features award-winning wines and cheeses from the annual Big E Northeast Gold Wine competition and the Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition. Sample and purchase a selection of New England wines & cheeses!
The Big E has proven that almost anything can be fried, so why not try something you won’t see anywhere else! Our Fried Kool Aid at Marion’s Fried Dough inside Gate 9A is sure to send your taste buds for a loop! Deep Fried Oreos combine the delicious chocolate and creamy taste of your favorite cookie with the familiar deep fried flavor at Piché’s Beignéts. Be sure to try our Fried Brownie Bits at The Coffee Break and Deep Fried Shepherd’s Pie at E.B.’s, both in the Food Court. And don’t forget to have one of our delicious Hot Diggid-E Dogs at Captain Nemo’s on Commonwealth Avenue.
More Deep Fried Delights
If you look forward to the deep fried deliciousness that takes over the fairgrounds every year, then be sure to take a bite of these deep fried fairtime favorites: Jelly Beans & Butter – Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich – Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich – Snickers – Almond Joy – and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bits. Does deep fried on a stick strike your fancy? Then try our deep fried cheesecake or classic corn dog, all served with the convenience of a stick to hold on to.
The Big E is a fantastic place to let go of the diet for a day and load up on the extra calories, but there are healthy alternatives for those who wish to watch their weight. Fairgoers can choose from a variety of salads and veggies. Try one of Billie’s Baked Potatoes loaded with vegetables, or a chicken gyro and wash it all down with a healthy smoothie.
Local Fare – In the Food Court
West Springfield is no stranger to the White Hut’s quality burgers. Since 1937, this quintessential burger shack has become a local favorite. Located down the street from The Big E on Memorial Avenue, their iconic burgers and hot dogs are topped with their legendary fried onions. From across the bridge, Agawam’s E.B.’s offers its famous chicken wings and chicken fingers. Hofbrau Joe’s German Steak Haus in West Springfield offers fresh and fried seafood at The Clam Shack and German specialties at the Oktoberfest Beer Garden in the Food Court.
Broaden your horizons with different cuisines from around the world. Cuban sandwiches, fried pork, yellow rice, arepas and plantains give fairgoers a taste of Latin cuisine. The Chinese menu boasts lo mein, egg rolls and stir fry. Look for Stromboli, pastas and thin crust pizza if Italian is what you’re craving. Greek food is sure to satisfy your taste buds with gyros, salads and baklava. Indian cuisine includes chicken tandoori, shrimp vindaloo, channa masala, tikka masala and naan.
If you need to take a break from the Fair action, relax at Storrowton Tavern and enjoy a delicious, sit-down meal and glass of wine, or visit the Heroes and Legends Café to (re)experience the 1950s. Enjoy your favorite Italian dish at the Italian Pavilion near Flag Plaza, and cleanse your palate with a martini, made with the award-winning V-One Vodka at The Big E Martini Bar.
Don’t miss out on the Northeast’s largest fair, Sept. 13 – 29, 2013 in West Springfield, Mass. To stay updated on the latest Big E news visit TheBigE.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or call our Info Line at 413-205-5115.