For many of us in Central New York, the summer season wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Great New York State Fair. For over a century, the fair has been a statewide tradition and fixture in our community, bringing families from all over the country to Central New York. With programs for everyone from small children to seniors, New Yorkers of any age can enjoy time spent with friends and loved ones while taking part in traditions old and new.
The Cicero Farmers Market, which is held on the grounds of NOPL @ Cicero, will be hosting Field Days on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 and 8.
Liverpool has long been known for its hot dogs and hamburgers. Heid’s has ruled the frankfurter field, and ground beef patties made the scene at the fondly remembered Tarbe’s Grill and now at Village Burger (which coincidentally does business at a former McDonald’s location). Anyhow, on March 29 we were all reminded that Liverpool’s also a meatball mecca.
Taste of L'pool, Cicero special election canceled
The Taste of Liverpool festival (March 11) and the town of Cicero's special election (March 31) have been canceled.
St. Matt’s hosts dinner for all
While food pantries can provide a family in need with culinary staples, one thing they can’t quite offer is ambiance. That’s where St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Liverpool comes in: at the end of this month, the church will host the first of a series of monthly dinners open to the whole community.
Rochester-based grocery chain Wegmans Food Markets has taken the top ranking in Harris Poll’s Reputation Quotient survey, the company announced earlier this month.
Opportunity comes knocking for singers, songwriters, composers and instrumentalists to polish their talents with a new, free music program. The Onondaga County Public Library MasterClass offers a workshop and a session for anyone 12 years old and older interested in getting feedback from local music professionals and performing at a finale concert.
Many local municipalities have had their own “Taste of … ” festivals, and Liverpool’s chance will come March 11 at Great Northern Mall.
The town of Cicero won’t be holding a farmers market at Drivers Village — or anywhere else — this summer. According to organizer Julie Raddell, not enough vendors registered to sell at this year’s market, forcing its cancellation. “Unfortunately, too few vendors registered in advance for stall spaces at the market,” Raddell said. “We received plenty of calls from interested vendors, but without their actual reservation, I couldn’t take the risk that they would consistently show up and pay for a space.”
The town of Clay is preparing for its second season of Project Green, its 60-plot community garden located off Black Creek Road. Plot reservations are due to the town by March 28.
The North Syracuse Central School District Food Service Department is conducting a survey of North Syracuse Junior High School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School students to gather information about their breakfast habits. The online survey (nscsd.org/breakfast2) will be active through March 31. Students attending North Syracuse Junior High School and Cicero-North Syracuse High School are asked to participate in the survey before March 31.
Pizza Man was established more than 29 years ago in June of 1983 in Baldwinsville. Since the beginning owner Jim Delia has been dedicated to serving a high quality product using fresh ingredients, making their dough and sauce on the premises daily. Their pizza and wings have won numerous awards at the annual Taste of Baldwinsville competition.
When we first moved to the Syracuse area two years ago, one of the many questions I asked myself was whether I would ever find a cup of coffee in my new hometown that I liked as much as in my old hometown, namely the coffee I would purchase on my way to work each morning at a gas station-convenience store. A trivial dilemma, yes, but not for a coffee lover who needs one small cup o' Joe to get going in the early morning hours. Their coffee was always fresh, and, to me, absolutely perfect. So, as we started to get used to our new home, I began sampling the different coffees available in this area and soon noticed that many diners and restaurants were serving something called Paul de Lima coffee, and I really liked it. When we just happened to stumble upon their outlet store and museum, located in Cicero, I liked it even more; here was a hometown product to be proud of, a great coffee at a great price, plus a store and little museum to boot!
The aroma's in the air! The signs are everywhere! Ah, one of my favorite seasons of the year has begun yet again. No, I'm not referring to the holiday season, Thanksgiving, Christmas or even football. I'm talking “church supper season,” that autumnal odyssey of comfort food and good company. Today's column features these very successful fundraisers, which are also wonderful gatherings for socializing and sampling homemade specialties at very fair prices.
Sweet Jimmy’s stand is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Regional Market across from Destiny USA. Right now, Sweet Jimmy’s moves around week to week, but owner Jimmy Wachter is looking to sign a lease at the Regional Market, which means he’ll have a permanent spot. In addition to the cutouts, macaroons and original Sweet Jimmys, the baker has traditional favorites like oatmeal raisin and Italian chocolate pepper, as well as more intriguing fare, including vegan and gluten-free choices. Sweet Jimmy’s cookies are also available at The Red House and at shows at Jazz Central. That’s where Wachter would like to expand — small shops and restaurants — as well as into your home.