You can learn about food at fair, too

sue.kidd@thenewstribune.comSeptember 4, 2013 

Besides the baby pigs and grange displays, there’s one good reason to plan a trip to the Washington State Fair in Puyallup: The food.

I’m not just talking scones and Krusty Pups. I’m talking food demonstrations and competitions, held in the Pavilion building on the second floor, Sept. 6-22.

There are too many recipe contests to mention, but find a list of the contests and even how to enter your top secret jam, Spam or cake recipe at

If you’re not the type to enter a cooking contest, check out the cooking demonstrations by local home economists and chefs.

Here are a few not to miss:

Pie: Connie Swarthout from C.J.’s Deli in Bonney Lake will show bakers how to master the craft of pies, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 8 and 22.

Pickles: Duris Cucumber Farms will lead a demonstration at 1 p.m. Sept. 6 and Sept. 9

Canning: See canning and preserving expert Craig Morris speak at 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 13 and 20.

Barbecue: Hear a barbecue demonstration from Barbecue Pete’s at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11

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