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Heritage chicken barbecue, novelty ice cream flavors highlight preview of Erie County Fair

If you just can’t wait for the early August opening of the Erie County Fair, you can get a sneak preview, actually taste, today.

Food is considered the No. 1 reason people attend the annual fair, so if your appetite is the same as past years, make room for these new features:

• Three heritage barbecue chicken vendors plan to hold the largest chicken barbecue in the region’s history

• Food Truck Round Up – area food trucks will make their first-ever Erie County Fair appearance Sunday, Aug. 10

• Taste of the Fair – First-time “taste-style” menu will feature 100-plus fair foods for $1.75 per serving on Thursday, Aug. 14

• Flavor of the Fair – Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream, of Boston, N.Y., will unveil its limited edition, novelty ice cream flavor specifically created for the 175th fair.

The preview is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today in the Firemen’s Building at Midway Park on the fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg.

Fair representatives and food vendors are holding a news conference to discuss new menu items and food-related events for the Fair, which will be held Aug. 6 to 17.

Food vendors attending include: Ryan Gerber of Weidner BBQ; John Pericak of Chiavetta’s Catering Service; Bruce Will of B.W.’s Barbecue Ltd.; Nick Charlap of Nick Charlap’s Ice Cream; and LouAnn Brown of Food Bank of WNY.

Other points of discussion will be about the fair’s partnership with Food Bank of WNY Canned Good Drive/Admission Discount program, as well as answering the popular question: What are vendors going to fry this year?

email: citydesk@buffnews.com

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