August 22, 2016

New York State Highlights its Kosher Prominence with a Kosher Booth at State Fair

Syracuse NY - In another first, there will be a kosher food vendor at the New York State Fair on the 375-acre grounds north of Syracuse which will take place August 25 – September 5th. Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner announced the inclusion of the kosher purveyor, noting that it is part of strategy to increase and enhance the food offerings available at the annual event. Catering by The Oaks has prospered at Menorah Park in Dewitt for four years, and is the only kosher restaurant in Upstate New York between Buffalo and Albany. At the Fair, Catering by The Oaks will be located in the Horticulture building next to Doug’s Fish Fry. The Fair and the Director of Kosher Law Enforcement for the Department of Agriculture and Markets have been working together for several years to bring kosher food to the fairgrounds. The menu will include a mix of traditional kosher dishes such as potato knishes, bagel and lox sandwiches, gluten-free citrus salmon lettuce wraps and chopped salads as well as kosher dishes given a Fair twist—deep-fried apple blintzes coated with cinnamon and brown sugar, deep-fried cheese blintzes served with sour cream and fried matzo balls.

For New York State officials, led by State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball, the kosher booth is symbolic of the state’s prominence in kosher. Many of the leading kosher manufacturers are in New York State, which has the largest Jewish population outside of Israel. Even when the state exhibits at such large food shows as the Fancy Food Show it typically includes many vendors with kosher certification. Industry officials believe that New York represents nearly half of all kosher food sales in the country. The State is planning to introduce a new seal for products grown and produced in New York State. It is said to be planning the construction of a 125,000 square-foot $20 million food distribution facility in the Bronx for upstate farmers. According to Crain’s, the facility will link food producers from across the state with its consumers.