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This past weekend we finally got to visit the Big E fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Visiting the Big E has been on my list for a long time, so I was SO excited when a scheduled trip to Northampton coincided with the 2019 dates for the Big E. If you’re not familiar with the Big E, it’s a giant fair that takes place for two weeks every September. This year it runs from September 13-29. You can check out the schedule and buy tickets on the Big E website.
Soon after arriving at the Big E, we went to check out the Avenue of States, where you will find buildings representing all six New England states. Each building is a replica of the original statehouse and contains information and exhibits showcasing the state’s attractions in addition to hosting vendors selling items you might find in that state. For example, in the Rhode Island statehouse, we wound our way through a mini Jack-o-Lantern spectacular and enjoyed some Del’s Lemonade! In the Vermont statehouse, you can purchase maple syrup, learn about skiing in the Green Mountain state and more.
When we finished with the Avenue of States, we made our way over to the McDonald’s Giant Slide for a family ride! This enormous slide made its debut in 1969 and is a fun activity for the whole family! Grab a burlap sack, slide down, and pick up your coupon for a free medium french fries from McDonald’s when you exit.
And, of course, the food! I always love seeing other people’s pictures of the different foods available at the Big E, so I couldn’t wait to try them myself! We started off with some Buffalo Mac & Cheese pizza from Rudy’s Pizza & Slush. I’ve never had mac & cheese pizza, and I have to say I LOVED it! We then hit Gertrude’s Pretzels for some Giant Deep Fried Pretzels that are out of this world.
We wandered through the Young House and sampled homemade hummus from Noujaim’s Mediterranean Foods and I tried a Friesling Martini from the V1 Vodka Cocktail Cart (peach puree, riesling, V1 vodka). It was quite refreshing since temps were in the mid-80s! My husband enjoyed a late lunch including a Barbecue Split from Porky’s BBQ.
We did some rides on the Midway and then made stops at the Big E Bakery to pick up their famous cream puffs and eclairs (these are a must-eat if you visit the Big E!). We also grabbed some delicious chocolates from Chocolate Moonshine Co. and Deep Fried Pineapple Upside Down Cake on a Stick from The Coffee Break.
It’s safe to say we definitely ate our way through the Big E and we loved being able to sample so many different savory and sweet treats! Everyone in the family had a great time and we were lucky to have such a BEAUTIFUL September day to enjoy all that the Big E has to offer! For more information about visiting, make sure you visit their the Big E website— it has a TON of helpful tips!