Every September, over 1 million people travel to West Springfield to experience The Big E, a 17-day event that pays homage to the region through sights, sounds and lots of food.

For the 2022 edition, The Big E will introduce new food vendors to an already exquisite lineup.

Make sure you go hungry. This food lineup will have your mouth watering.

But First, Check Out Avenue of States

If you have never been to The Big E, taking a stroll down the Avenue of States is a must. It’s the only six-state fair in the country.

“On this educational thoroughfare you’ll see impressive replicas of each New England state’s original statehouse sitting on land actually owned by that state,” says the official website.

And, of course, it’s the perfect opportunity to show off the cuisine for which each state is known.

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Grab some Vermont Cheddar Cheese, enjoy a Maine baked potato and dive into a selection of Massachusetts seafood.

Heads-up: Rhode Island Day is Sept. 20 and Massachusetts Day is Sept. 22.

New Food Vendors

Don’t forget, The Big E is a marathon, not a sprint, so be sure to save room for these new food vendors coming on Sept. 16.

SoulFully – New England Avenue – 100% vegan, flame-grilled burgers, grilled hot dogs, loaded fries and milkshakes

Cha Feo – Young Building – Various milk teas, Boba teas, and Thai teas

Riceballs Arancini – East Road – Beef, Veggie, Big Mac, Philly, Italiano riceballs, arancini

Ferrandino Maple Farm – Better Living Center – Maple Cotton Candy and Maple Cream

Bakery on Brewer – New England Avenue – Apple, Apple Bacon, Blueberry and Pumpkin Fritters

Sassy's Sweet Potatoes – East Road – Roasted Root Veggies, Sweet Potato Tacos, Sweet Potato Bread, Sweet Potato Pie and Southwest Sweet Potatoes

The Happy Dough Co. – West Road – Apple Fries and Apple Fry Sundaes

Villa of Lebanon – Young Building – Baba Ganoush, Baklava, Kofta Kabobs, Falafel, Hummus, Kataif, Kunapa, Meat Pies, Spinach Pie and Tabouli

BoardWok Noodles – The Front Porch (Inside Gate 5) – Yakisoba Noodles and Rice Bowls

The Place 2 Be – The Front Porch – Breakfast all Day: Mini fruity pebble/berries and cream pancakes, mini Nutella and coconut pancakes, and milkshakes topped with waffles and pancakes.

Las Kangris Food Truck – Young Building – Yellow rice with pigeon peas, Baked Pork, Baked Chicken, Green Bananas “al mojo,” and seafood salad

Kulfi Ice Cream Taste of Persia – Food Court – Kulfi is a traditional Indian ice cream, however, kulfi is not whipped like traditional ice cream, therefore making the consistency denser.

Frankie’s Famous Italian Frozen Lemonade – Young Building – Springfield’s iconic lemon Italian ice comes to The Big E

Chick-fil-A – Springfield Road – The iconic brand comes to the fair with chicken sandwiches, wraps and more

The West Side Grille Cider Garden, sponsored by Downeast Cider – Outside the Young Building – features a selection of Downeast Craft Ciders Original Blend and Cider Donut in cans and on draft brewed in Boston.

Ann Maries Candies – West Road – A one-of-a-kind, nostalgic candy store carrying over 300 hard-to-finds, old-fashioned candies, fudge and nuts.

So Much More Than Food

The Big E takes over the Eastern States Exposition’s grounds Sept. 16 to Oct. 2, and it’s so much more than food. Think of it as a cultural experience.

Entertainment acts include Dropkick Murphys, G-Eazy, Nelly and dozens more, with competitions and activities happening every day.

Celebrate New England all in one place at this one-of-a-kind festival.

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