Fair food is on the menu at the Altamont Fairgrounds and a few others this summer, though it won't be served in the traditional way.
The Altamont Fair, like many, was canceled this year due to COVID-19. Organizers have instead focused on hosting a drive-through style Fair Food Fest. Each weekend in July, vendors will offer up fair food favorites like fried dough, deep-fried Oreos, gyros, sausage and peppers, wine slushies and more.
“We have heard from so many people saying they will miss the fair food from the Altamont Fair and we know how Covid-19 has adversely affected our vendors. So we’ve invited our fair food vendors to help feed your fair food fix,” said organizer Pat Canaday in a statement.
People can stop by the fairgrounds from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays, 12-7 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-6 p.m. on Sundays in July to order from various vendors. A drive-through system will allow attendees to enter the grounds from Rt 146, head to Gate 2 and order from featured vendors.
Attendees must remain in their vehicles and wear a face mask when ordering or accepting food. After picking up their orders, people can either exit the fairgrounds or drive to the Grove off of Gate 3, where there are socially distanced picnic tables.
There is no admission to the Fair Food Fest.
“This is a service. This is trying to create a big win for the vendors that rely on all of the fairs and to try to give the community something to look forward to and have fun with,” Canaday said.
The list of vendors changes weekly and the weekend’s featured vendors will be announced on Tuesdays. This weekend’s vendors include Angela’s Fried Dough, Angela’s Pizza, The Butcher Boys, Fiesta, Chicken on a Stick, The Midway Grill, Uncle Spuds, Ashley Lynn Winery and more.
The Fair Food Fest will be held each weekend in July rain or shine. For more information visit altamontfair.com or Fair Food Fest on Facebook.
The Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Albany won’t be able to host its regular Greek Festival, but this weekend it’s hosting a Drive-Thru Greek Feast.
Attendees can order everything from loukoumades to moussaka to gyros online. Then, they can select a time to pick up their order. The Drive-Thru Feast will run from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, 12-8 p.m. on Saturday and 12-6 p.m. on Sunday.
To order visit stsophiaalbany.org. Only online orders will be processed and attendees must bring their receipt or order number to pick up at the church (440 Whitehall Road, Albany).
In Greenwich, the Washington County Fairgrounds will host the Fantastic Food Truck Corral this weekend.
While the Washington County Fair was canceled as well this year, organizers have brought food trucks into the fairgrounds on Fridays and Saturdays since mid-June.
This weekend’s vendors include Reggie’s Veggies, Miller’s Backyard BBQ, S&S Concessions, Bound By Fate Brewing and Slavonian European Cafe.
The Corral, which runs from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday will continue on Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of July.
For updates on the vendors and more information visit washingtoncountyfairgrounds.com.