December 15, 2015
Albany, NY

Holiday Gifts for State Fair Fans Now Available on the Fair’s Website

Holiday Gifts for State Fair Fans Now Available on the Fair’s Website
"Blue Ribbon Recipes" Book, Annual Tree Ornaments Available

Gift-givers now have that perfect something to put under the tree this year – or on it – to please fans of the Great New York State Fair.  The Fair is selling copies of its Blue Ribbon Recipes book and both of its annual tree ornaments featuring classic State Fair buildings.  Order forms are at

“Our tree ornaments are a great way to enjoy the Fair this winter, while anyone can enjoy cooking new favorite foods any time of the year with our brand-new book of award-winning recipes,” said Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner.

Blue Ribbon Recipes was compiled from entries in the Fair’s annual culinary competitions that won their categories and were entered in the Grand Champion competition that takes place on the Fair’s final day.  These are the very best entries, going back several years.  The 100-page cookbook is spiral-bound for easy use in the kitchen.

The Fair’s annual Christmas tree ornament series, now in its second year, features representations of the Horticulture and Center of Progress buildings in a high-quality oval setting made of pewter, perfect for a place on any Fair fan’s tree. 

The cookbook sells for $15 and the ornaments are $8 each.  Payments can be accepted via credit card, cashier’s check or money order.  No personal checks can be accepted.  Shipping will add $3 to $5 to the final cost.  Questions can be directed to the Entry Department at 315-487-7711 x1337.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 25 to September 5, 2016.  The Fair’s mission, reflected in its theme, “Summer’s Best in Show,” is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.  

In addition to the annual New York State Fair, the Fairgrounds host dozens of agricultural events throughout the year, including some of the Northeast’s most prestigious horse and livestock shows.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website.  Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at [email protected].

Recipe From “Blue Ribbon Recipes: The Great New York State Fair,” Page 96

Cranberry Chutney
by Geri Bellotti, Pennellville, NY
2010 6th Place Winner


  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped


  • Combine cranberries, sugar, brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and water in a 2-quart saucepan.  Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, until cranberries burst and release their juices, about 15 minutes.
  • Reduce heat and stir in onion, celery and apple.  Simmer, uncovered, until thick, about 15 minutes.  Cover and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.  Makes 1 quart.