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August 11, 2013

Farm briefs: Aug. 11, 2013

‘Taste NY’ experience to be offered at fair

SYRACUSE — New Yorkers will be treated to a “Taste NY” experience at the 2013 Great New York State Fair this summer. New York grown and produced food and beverage products will be sampled and sold under the Taste NY banner all across the fair and also at the newly renamed Taste NY Marketplace.

A Taste NY Trail will guide New Yorkers to some of New York agriculture’s largest and most important industries throughout the fair. A Taste NY Wine and Cheese Competition and related tastings will show the best in New York viticulture and dairy, while fairgoers will be given the opportunity to win a Taste NY Basket of Bounty filled with Made in NY products.

“Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 2013 Great New York State Fair later this month, making it the perfect showcase for Taste NY,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “Featuring a variety of New York made products — from wine, beer and spirits to maple and dairy to fresh fruits and vegetables — the Taste NY experience will highlight the best of what our agricultural and culinary industries have to offer.”

The Taste NY experience will begin the moment visitors arrive and see the huge marquee outside the fairgrounds, with a renovated sign prominently featuring the Taste NY logo. As visitors enter the main gate, they will be greeted by the newly renamed Taste NY Marketplace featuring a 40-by-70-ft. tent offering tastings from some of the best food and beverage companies across New York State. Tastings will take place daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the 12-day fair.

For more information about tickets, visit www.nysfair.org/buy-tickets/advance-sale-tickets/.

The home of the fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.

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