Every year, food producers from all over New England gather in West Springfield Massachusetts for New England's largest fair: The Big E. The event lasts for more than two weeks, with each state displaying their best in fairground pavilions. Over a million people wander through the Vermont building each year. The building has brought in around $10 million in the last six years.
2016 marks 100 years of the Big E (still a young fair by Tunbridge World’s Fair standards). It features a range of events, competitions, concerts, and - of course- fair food. Dishes up for the popular choice Big Eats award this year include Moo Nuts, Deep Fried Butter, Maple Syrup and Bacon Fried Dough, classic Candied or Caramel Apples, Mini Donuts, the famous Frigo’s 1lb. Meatball, Deep Fried Martinis and Pulled Pork Stuffed Corn Cakes.
You have until October 2nd to visit the building at the West Springfield Fairgrounds. But, many of the Vermont vendors can also be found as visitor stops in the DigInVT network including:
A full 2016 Vermont Vendor list is available online. Vendors are selected through an RFP system managed by the state, with approximately 40 appearing in the buildng each year (not all of them are food producers).
More information on this year’s Big E:
Big E Vermont Building (Video)
- Big E Homepage