The Big E (or Eastern States Exposition) each fall in West Springfield, Massachusetts, is one of the largest festivals anywhere, with agricultural exhibits, horse shows, concerts, rides and more.
But every more impressive that getting to see Charo perform is the amazing variety of food trucks that The Big E offers. This event has more of these wonderful portable restaurants than I've seen anywhere. I brought the Taquitos.net camera to the 2005 edition to get these shots of the many food vendors in attendance.
This booth featured Frozen Bananas, Floats and Flavor Burst Soft Serve.
The Big Cheese
Why eat here? Because they've got Batter Fried Cheese Curds, made with real cheddar cheese. Where else are you gonna get that?
Billie's Baked Potatoes
This was just one of two Billie's Baked Potatoes locations that we spotted at The Big E. Toppings included butter, cheese, sour cream, baco-bits, chives, broccoli, chili and mixed veggies. Pink lemonade and fruit punch were also available. (But if you're in the mood for a baked potato, you should also consider the ones they've got in the Maine building along the Avenue of the States.)
Schroder's Fresh Hand Dipped Caramel Apples
In addition to the signature caramel apples, choices at this booth covered other food groups such as sno cones, cotton candy, popcorn and beverages.
Take your choice: buffalo wings, or chicken fingers.
This booth had not just corn dogs and foot-long hot dogs, but it also featured the world's largest corn dog suspended above.
Dan's Fried Dough
The best thing about Dan's Fried Dough was the flags above. If I'm ever in a position to select a national flag, the green and yellow Fried Dough flag will get very serious consideration.
DeLuca's Italian Cuisine
This authentic taste of Italy offered a Toasted Garlic Bread Bowl, Caramel Apple, Meatball Splash, Personal Pizza, Fettuccini Alfredo, Cavatelli Dinner, Fresh Garden Salad and more.
The Donuts Family booth offered a whole bunch of mini donuts in a bag. But they're more than just donuts, also offering coffee, hot chocolate and cappuccino.
Hot & Fresh Donuts
Those wanting full-size donuts can make their way past the Donut Family right to this booth.
This was one of the food trucks where we actually purchased some food. German Fries are sort of a cross between fresh waffle fries and potato chips.
This full-service Chinese restaurant on wheels included on its menu egg rolls, vegetable stir fry, bourbon chicken, lo mein chicken, wings, a cashew chicken combo plate, and a sweet & sour combo plate.