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September 04, 2016

Silo Food Truck of Ovid and the Meatball Truck of Rochester Win the Great New York State Fair’s Taste NY Food Truck Competition

Ovid’s Silo Food Truck won the top honors among critics while the Meatball Truck of Rochester earned the top prize from fairgoers at the Great New York State Fair’s second annual Taste NY Food Truck Competition on Sunday, Acting Fair Director Troy Waffner announced.

Seventeen food trucks from throughout Upstate New York competed in the day-long event, an increase from the 12 competitors in the event’s first year.  Each competitor was allowed to make only one food item.  Judges sampled that item to come up with the winner of the Judges’ Choice Award.  Competitors also sold samples of the one item to fairgoers, who picked up a ballot with their food and could vote for their favorite entrée for the People’s Choice Award.

Silo Food Truck prepared an item called Telekinetic Chicken – a breaded, fried chicken drumstick laid on a bed of purple coconut sticky rice and topped with Korean-style pickles.  “The presentation was wonderful and the use of New York ingredients was undeniable,” said one of the judges, Dan Eaton, host of “Cooking at Home” on Time Warner Cable News.

Fairgoers chose The Meatball Truck’s Meatball in a Cup entrée as their favorite.  Lady Bug Lunch Box of Syracuse took second place from fairgoers for its Cajun Chicken Sandwich.  More than 2,500 people cast votes.  Five fairgoers – Karen Oakes, Lorinda O’Brien, Teirra Howe, Paul Davis and Alfred Emery won the drawing for lifetime passes to the Fair.

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, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The 375-acre New York State Fairgrounds is undergoing the most significant transformation since it first opened its gates in 1890. The $50 million plan, announced by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, revitalizes the grounds in many ways, improving the quality of the fairgoer’s experience and providing greater economic benefits for the region. Improvements include the dramatic new Main Gate— the arches of which recall the carriage gate that greeted fairgoers in 1900, a larger, 15-acre Wade Shows Midway that will hold more rides than ever, and the brand new 315-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical service. The plan will better position the New York State Fairgrounds as a premier year-round, multi-use facility that can attract more events and visitors from across the nation. Renderings can be viewed here.

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, on Snapchat at nysfair 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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