Food trucks will return to NY State Fair | Business
It won’t be a competition, but it will give food trucks a large audience to serve.
The New York State Fair Food Truck Rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on both Saturdays of the fair — August 27 and September 3. There will be a limit of 15 trucks per day and they will be located around Chevy Search.
This is another sign that the fair is returning to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic led to its cancellation in 2020. In 2021, the fair was held over 18 days in late August and early September. But former Governor Andrew Cuomo did not announce until late April that the fair would take place, ending the year-long hiatus. Due to the late announcement, the fair was unable to hold its usual list of contests, including the food truck contest.
Before the pandemic, the fair hosted the Taste NY Food Truck contest. It was a popular competition, with nearly 40 competitors per year. There were two accolades up for grabs: the Judges’ and People’s Choice awards. An Auburn food truck, Tonzi’s Catering Company, won both awards in 2017.
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This year, there will be no competition. Food trucks wishing to participate in the rally must apply before Friday, July 15. If selected for the rally, trucks must offer a $2 sample menu to visitors. They can also sell full-price menu items, but the fair encourages trucks to keep menus small as they must be open until 10 p.m.
The fair will run from August 24 to September 5.
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