If you're great in the kitchen or in front of a grill, the New York State Fair has a bunch of new food contests and competitions going on this year.

Now is the time to show off your cooking skills. Do you think you have what it takes to be named the best in the state? Or maybe you were always curious where you fall compared to other's cooking abilities. Well, you're sure to find that out as well. And it's all for amateur cooks and bakers, not for someone who already does it professionally. The only qualification you must have? You have to be a resident of New York State. So here are some of the cooking competitions and contests new to the state fair this year:

A Salad Competition: Participates can create their favorite salad, but they have to use New York vegetables and/or fruits. Judges will taste the salads, and visitors will be able to vote on the appearance of the salads.
This competition will take place on Wednesday, August 23rd (the state fair's new "preview day").

Creative Apple Pie Competition: This competition will be judged on appearance, taste, and quality of the crust, and New York apples must be used.
This contest is Tuesday, August 29th, and a top prize of $100 is available.

Best Appetizer and Best Entree: This is two separate contests, but they're both being sponsored by the New York State Cheese Manufactures Association (which means, yes... New York Cheese will be involved). Each dish must be made with at least one cup of cheese.
This competition will be held on Thursday, August 31st, and top prizes of $100 are available.

And there are still tons of other food competitions. The jam and jelly competition has grown this year. There is the brisket competition, being put on with the help of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Plus cake decorating, "cookie day," the Great American Spam Championship, and a handful of others. You can see the full list of competitions by visiting: https://nysfair.ny.gov/competitions/

So if any of these sounds like a fun "challenge" you would like to take on, or if you want bragging rights as the "best of New York," don't wait to register. Registration must be in by July 3rd. You can get more details on registering, fees, and everything else, at the New York State Fair link (above).





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