A Celebration of Food at the Dutchess Fair

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The SporkRun & Spork Award contests

During the 171st Dutchess County Fair, August 23-28 the Dutchess County Agricultural Society held the Inaugural Dutchess Fair SporkRun and Spork Award contests. The two contests pit food vendors against each other to introduce the best new or unusual food item. The SporkRun results are in!

Who has the best new or unusual food item?

You decide. Join us for a one-of-a-kind journey through the Dutchess Fair’s finest food creations. The SporkRun is a people’s choice contest where fair guests can vote for their favorite Spork entry on the Dutchess Fair app. The Spork Award is a judged contest running Tuesday through Friday of the Fair. Judges from Rhinebeck Bank, media sources, and the Fairgrounds’ food committee will select the top Spork!

Food Vendors vs. Food Vendors 

There are 35 entries for the two contests ranging from beverages, desserts, dinners and sides. Entries will be highlighted on the Dutchess County Fairgrounds’ Facebook page. As soon as the Dutchess Fair app’s new build is available, it can be downloaded and let the Spork fun begin!

“The enthusiasm for this new Fair contest is contagious and Rhinebeck Bank is pleased to be part of the energy,” said Michelle Barone-Lepore, VP Marketing of Rhinebeck Bank. “The Bank and the Fairgrounds have been working on details for promoting this event and have come up with some great ideas for including the public.”

Amazing new tastes to keep Fairgoers busy tasting

The inspiration for the SporkRun came from watching some of the food shows on TV. “The Dutchess County Fair is known for being a Food Fair. The Spork contests ratchet it up a notch,” Andy Imperati, the General Manager of the Fairgrounds said. “The entries we have so far will keep Fairgoers busy with amazing new tastes – Spicy, Saucy, Sweet, and a multitude of mixed tastes! We are pretty pleased with our vendors rising to the occasion with their Spork entries.”

The Dutchess County Fair runs from August 23-28 at the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. The fairgrounds, owned and operated by the Dutchess County Agricultural Society, a private non-profit, has been the home to the annual Dutchess County Fair for the past 105 years.

Vendor Spork Entries

You will be voting on the food items listed below. Each food entry & vendor/location are listed in the table below.

VendorSpork EntryDescriptionPhotoLocation
Amy’s Sweet TreatsMaple Bacon
Waffle Sundae
Our Homemade waffle topped with vanilla ice cream, CT maple syrup, bacon, and finished off with our fresh made whipped cream.spork-amys-sweet-treatsL-9
Butcher BoysPitch Fork SausageHot Italian Sausage charbroiled to perfection on a custom collectible fork with your choice of dipping sauces.spork-butcher-boys-pitchfork-sausageFM-15a
The Clam BoxShrimp TacosCrispy fried shrimp in a soft taco shell topped with lettuce, tomatoes and Chipotle Mayonnaise. spork-shrimp-tacosL-25
CoppolasJalapeno Cheddar AranciniCreamy risotto blended with spicy jalapenos and cheddar cheese rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and crispy fried. Serve with cool, creamy ranch dressing for dipping.spork-coppolas-jalapeno-cheddarMall 5
Giffy’s Bar-B-QBBQ Center Cut Pork Chop on a StickBar-B-Q center cut pork chop cooked to perfection, basted with Red BBQ sauce. The bone is the stick when cooked.spork-giffys-pork-chop-on-a-stickFM-9
Gillette’s PizzaThe Dutchess of Maple BaconHomemade pizza dough drizzled with NYS maple syrup. Diced fresh NYS apples covered with cinnamon and sugar layered on the dough. Bacon, Mozzarella, NYS Cheddar Cheese sprinkled over the top. Baked and finished with maple syrup drizzled on top.spork-gillette-dutchess-maple-baconHort -2
Grecian DelightsGrecian Sampler PlatterGreek Salad topped with a Pork kebab, Grilled Chicken, Gyro Meat and garnished with Veggie Rice, Feta Cheese and a stuffed Grape Leaf.spork-grecian-samplerHort- 6
Handsome Devil BBQThe Dutchess Fair MoinkItalian meatballs like grandma used to make, wrapped with bacon and slow smoked with local Hudson Valley applewood until these delightful balls of smoked goodness are done. Topped with BBQ sauce or Sriracha mayo.spork-handsome-devil-dutchess-fair-monkL-15
Hardeman OrchardsCider ShakeApple Cider & Vanilla Ice Cream spork-thumbnailSugar Shack
J&S Fairgrounds CaféKitchen Sink Breakfast KoneA new breakfast that is easy to take on the go! Eggs, cheese, shredded hash browns, bacon or sausage and French toast chunks in a toasted kone, drizzled with maple syrup. spork-js-kitchen-sink-breakfast-koneFairgrounds Cafe
J&S Greek FareThe Gyro ConeA new twist on the Fair favorite. The inside of a bread cone is coated with Tatziki. The cone is filled with a mix of sliced lamb, beef or chicken, shredded lettuce, sliced red onion and diced tomatoes spork-js-gyro-coneMall #6
J&S Concessions BurgerworksWorks BurgerBrioche bun toasted and loaded up with Sirloin burger, cheddar cheese, crisp bacon and topped with onion rings and our special “Works” Sauce. spork-js-works-burgerMall #8
J&S Mexican CaféFried ChimichangaFlour tortilla filled Mexican rice, shredded Cheddar jack cheese, seasoned ground beef or shredded chicken, folded into a rectangle and deep fried. Served with Salsa, Guacamole and Sour cream. spork-js-fried-chimichangaL-24
JMB-Cinnamon SaloonNutella Cinnamon BunsCinnamon bun with Nutella cream frosting and crushed hazelnuts.spork-jmb-nutella-cinnamon-buns

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JaneksPiggyback Burger ComboHomemade burger topped with bbq pulled pork and cheddar cheese with a side of Pierogis with toppings and a picklespork-janeks-piggyback-burgerFM-14
Joseph’s SteakhouseLobster Mac N Cheese Fried FrittersA ball of deep fried breaded Mac & Cheese with lobster topped with asiago cheese saucespork-josephs-lobster-mac-cheeseFairgrounds Restaurant
Jungle Juice SmoothiesBlueberry Banana SmoothieFresh Blend of Blueberries and Bananasspork-jungle-juice-blueberry 
KB FoodsChocolate Bacon Covered FriesFresh Cut Fries lightly salted & topped with real bacon and Hershey’s chocolate drizzled on top spork-kbfoods-chocolate-bacon-covered-friesL-50
Lemon Grass GrillKorean Style Pulled PorkHot and spicy Korean style pulled pork on a rollspork-lemon-grass-grillFM-22
Maxwell Walk AwayJalapeño LemonadeSpicy, hot sugar sweet lemonade – served in a mason jar cup with Jalapeño garnish!spork-maxwells-jalapino-lemonadeL-55
Nick & Bennies American Grill

Fresh Cut Seasoned Fried with a homemade Chipotle Sauce

Fresh Cut Fries, Cajun Seasoning. Served with a homemade Chipotle sauce spork-thumbnailFM-10
Old Style FoodsMexican CornLayer on Cayenne pepper, mayonnaise and fresh lemon juice to a freshly reposted ear of corn for a delicious twist on an old favorite!spork-old-style-foods-mexican-cornL-21
Osborn Mushroom Farm*Corn Poppers*Individual sweet corn kernels are dipped in our famous special batter & deep fried in soybean oil, then sprinkled with confectionary sugar. Yum!spork-osborna-mushrooms-corn-poppers

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Paula’s PretzelsBacon PretzelHand rolled soft pretzel baked and topped with bacon.spork-paulas-pretzels-bacon-chocolate-pretzelL-17
Polar Bear Ice CreamBananas FosterHandmade Waffle with Brown Sugar Cinnamon and Bananas pan cooked and drizzled over ice cream. Cone or Sundaespork-polar bear ice cream banannas fosterI-60
Scotties Good FoodThe OktoberfestPotato Pancake layered with a filleted Bratwurst,spork-scotties-oktoberfestK-34
Scotties Good FoodThe Karl Ehmer Oktoberfest SandwichBratwurst Sandwich layered with Scottie’s own Sauer Kraut, Scottie’s own Potato Salad, drizzled with German Mustard . spork-scotties-oktoberfestL-23
Simply CannoliApple Walnut CannoliCrunchy cookie shell filled with apple strudel topped with sweetened cannoli ricotta cream crushed walnuts and confectionary sugar spork-apple-walnut-cannoliK-26
Supreme CreamChocolate Churro MilkshakeThick chocolate milkshake with chopped and blended churro. A Churro straw for garnish. spork-chocolate-churro-milkshakeTrackside
Sweet Stack Chimney CakesCaptain Hook’s Buried treasureA delicious Chimney Cake Cone rolled in cinnamon sugar then filled with alternating layers of Vanilla soft serve, chocolate cookie crunch and Heath Toffee, then topped with hot fudge and salted caramel with a final chocolate cookie crunch sprinkle. One bite and you’ll be “Hooked”!spork-amys-sweet-treatsI-97
Swift ConcessionsEl Diablo Bacon DogBacon Dog on a bun topped with Sriracha Pico de Gallo, Crumble Bacon, Corn Chip crumbles and Srirachaspork-swift-concessions-el-diablo-dogHort-4
Taste Budd’s IncNew York Cheesecake with Sea Salted CaramelTaste the tradition of a smooth & creamy cheesecake with a quenelle of light vanilla cream topped with caramel & sea salt. spork-taste-budds-ny-creamcheeseMall 1
What’s Poppin Kettle CornKettle Korn PizzazzKettle Korn with chocolate drizzled on top – Yummy! spork-kettle-korn-pizzazzK-10
Vinnie’s Fine FoodsGarlic Mozzarella Steak SundaeGarlic Mozzarella steak layered in between Garlic Mashed Potatoes and topped with bacon sprinkles.spork-vinnies-garlic-mozzarella-steak-sundaeK-35