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March 27, 2015

Vegan/Vegetarian Food Vendor Sought for Restaurant at the 2015 Great New York State Fair

Fair Seeking Ways to Diversify Food Offerings to Meet More Needs

New York State Fair officials are recruiting to fill an open space in a permanent indoor restaurant with a qualified company offering vegetarian and vegan foods and beverages, Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner announced today. Information spelling out the requirements and the process for applying has been posted on the Fair’s website at:

“We are constantly working to satisfy more of the diverse wants and needs of our fairgoers, and adding vegetarian and vegan food has been at the top of our list. We don’t get many openings in our food vendor ranks, so when this space became available, we saw this as a real opportunity to provide vegetarian and vegan food,” said Waffner.

The space is a 20’ by 20’ restaurant in the southeast corner of the International Building, one of the Fair’s prime destinations for food. The winning vendor supplies his or her own equipment and pays an annual rent, $7,160 for 2015, based on a cost per square foot. The vendor will be chosen based on the number and variety of vegetarian and vegan items on the proposed menu, with extra consideration given to those who will commit to using New York State-grown and produced ingredients and products where possible. A bidder must be currently in the restaurant or food service business, and have been in business for the past three years. The bidder must also have a demonstrated knowledge of preparing vegetarian and vegan food items. Applications will be accepted until May 1.

The Fair provides water and sewer services, electricity, and trash removal. Natural gas service is available but is the vendor’s responsibility.

Approximately 600 vendors supplied food, beverages, products, and services to more than 960,000 customers at the 2014 Fair.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 27 September 7, 2015. 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

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