New food offerings at the Maryland State Fair

New for 2012: red velvet funnel cake, crab patty, more ice cream

August 22, 2012|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland State Fair begins on Friday, and the Midway will again be the place for perennial favorites such as funnel cake and Italian sausage.

But there are a few new twists for 2012, according to Jim Ingram of Deggeller Attractions, the Stuart, Fla.-based carnival company that stocks the Midway with rides, amusements and food.

Making their Timonium debut will be two new chicken booths, one selling a variety of wings with fresh-cut fries and the other chicken-on-a-stick with ribbon fries. Also, new this year: red velvet funnel cake with cream cheese topping.

The Maryland Foods Pavilion will have a new sandwich this year, said Doug Henley, co-owner of the Mount Airy-based Convenience Catering, which operates the pavilion’s pit beef and seafood counters. It’s the Crab Patty — a crab cake topped with a soft-shell crab.

And, for the first time, the pit beef counter will be plattering up pit beef, sloppy joes and barbecue beef sandwiches with a choice of two sides that include potato salad, cole slaw and fries.

“You can get a full meal in one stop,” Henley said.

The ever-popular Dairy Bar, located on the corner of the Cow Palace, has added two Maryland creameries to its ice cream lineup, according to Laura Ruhlman of the Maryland Farm Bureau, whose Young Farmers program supplies volunteer “dippers” for the fair.

“We try to have representation throughout the state,” Ruhlman said.

Joining Kilby Cream (Rising Sun), Prigel Family Creamery (Glen Arm), and Keyes Creamery (Aberdeen) will be Rocky Point Creamery, a Frederick County creamery located in Tuscarora, and the brand new Misty Meadows Family Creamery in Ringgold, in Washington County.

All of the proceeds from the fair benefit the Young Farmers program's leadership activities, according to Ruhlman.

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