If being at the Fair at New Boston means being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the year 1800, then count tastes in there, as well.
Although it’s a fair, don’t look for hot dogs, hamburgers or sno-cones. The people of the time would stare at you as if you’d just stepped out of a time-travelling machine if you requested one of these.
While you won’t find the standard fair food, take a chance on something a little different and true to the time period.
Inspired by the popularity of food truck events, this year’s Fair will follow suit with more choices than ever.
“We’ve had a lot of the same foods year after year and we needed to add and freshen up the menu and still make it true to the time period,” said Pam Cottrel, Fair at New Boston marketing director. “We’ve really expanded this year. The favorites will be back, but new things, too.”
Among the unique offerings will be Scotch Eggs, provided by an Urbana Masonic lodge and featuring hardboiled eggs wrapped in sausage and deep fried. Another will be Carolina Rice.
Want a sandwich? How about a buffalo sandwich or a choice of two types of beef to go on French bread.
Turkey and chicken legs will return, as will pickled eggs and New Boston Stew, along with wine-marinated mushroom and Fresh Onion soups.
Created over open fires only adds to the experience, Cottrel said.
A Fair favorite that will return will be sausages on a stick. Coming from a local butcher, these treats are only offered as a Fair at New Boston delicacy.
Don’t forget dessert. Assorted homemade pies and ginger cakes will be available.
For those who want to play it safe, there will be cut apples, cheeses and shredded chicken and gravy, corn on the cob and bean soup.
Also food-related, new addition to the Native American camp will be a lady who will show what Native Americans would’ve cooked and what food they’d use.
“Since it’s only once a year, it’s always fun to try something new,” Cottrell said.
For food choices, go online to www.fairatnewboston.org/FairFood.html.
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