……, one thousand Cannolis

One thousand freshly made cannolies each and every day, for 18 days, is the task at hand for Connecticut’s most well-versed chef and artisan baker- Chef Emiddio Botta, who has brought all his delicious creations to the BIG E- New England’s Great State Fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts. For the second year, Botta, who is owner of the famous Pasticceria Italia Bakery in the beautiful hamlet of Bloomfield, CT, is hard at work once again preparing various types of cannolies; plain, chocolate chip, chocolate dipped; and a myriad of Italian desserts, pastries and baked goods for thousands who come hungry and seeking delectables each year at the BIG E.


“It’s plain and simple- these cannolies are delicious- I don’t know what he does to make them so tasty” states Lillian Greene of Holyoke, Massachusetts. “Last year was the first time I tried them and this year it was my first stop at the Big E – I’m taking home two dozen cannolies for family and friends” continues Mrs. Greene. Chef Emiddio Botta will be making his freshly prepared cannolies daily and encourages all of his Bloomfield friends to stop by and say hello.

Howard Steven Frydman and Emiddio Botta

The Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast and fifth largest in North America, is celebrating its 99th year with big talent, phenomenal food such as that found at Pasticceria Italia booth, animals, rides, shopping and more! The 17-day event will feature a Mardi Gras Parade, The Big E Circus Spectacular, top name talent like Jacob Whitesides, Alabama and even DJ Paris Hilton! The Big E is known nationwide for its impressive agricultural showcase. Open show exhibitors as well as FFA and 4-H youth from across the country will travel to the Fair to participate in the largest livestock show in the East and various native produce competitions. See who will take home the blue ribbon!


Big E hours are 8am – 10pm. Buildings and exhibits open at 10am, Storrowton Village, the Yankee Candle Shop and Avenue of States are open until 9pm. The Village Craft Area is open until 10pm. The North American Midway is open Sun. – Fri., 11am to 10pm, Sat., 10am to 11pm.
There is something for all ages to enjoy at the BIG E Fair, Sept. 18-Oct. 4, in West Springfield, Mass.
For tickets, show times and detailed information, visit TheBigE.com.

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