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Spam, anyone? What’s on the menu for Washington State Fair competitions

In 2011, Jason Munson won the Washington State Fair’s grand prize for his Maple Spam Doughnuts. He advanced to the 2012 Great American Spam Cooking Contest and won the national title for the recipe that debuted in Puyallup.
In 2011, Jason Munson won the Washington State Fair’s grand prize for his Maple Spam Doughnuts. He advanced to the 2012 Great American Spam Cooking Contest and won the national title for the recipe that debuted in Puyallup. Courtesy

Some people go for the farm animals, others for the Grange displays. My favorite place to head at the Washington State Fair — when I’m not hunting down a Krusty Pup — is way back on the second floor of the fair’s Pavilion building.

Just beyond the hanging quilts and tablescape displays, visitors will find a mini kitchen with a seating area. It’s called the Home Arts area.

Throughout the fair, you can find cooking contests, pie and pickling demonstrations, and even a demonstration on cake decorating. Here are some of the food-based events at the Pavilion that you shouldn’t miss, but there’s also knitting, quilting, sewing and other home hobby demonstrations on the second floor of the Pavilion:

CJ’s Deli and Bakery: The Bonney Lake-based deli with a fabulous pie selection is a fair favorite. This year’s topic is quick pies, at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 and 27 and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

Bourbon Street Bar and Grill: The downtown Puyallup restaurant that specializes in New Orleans-themed cuisine and serves the best beignets in the area will appear at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20.

Arista Pasta: The downtown Puyallup restaurant featuring a menu of handmade ravioli will appear at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

Wanna Cupcake: The Puyallup-based cupcake company will appear at 1 p.m. Sept. 22.

Corina Bakery: The Tacoma-based bakery will give a talk on cake decorating at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 27.

Kid competitions: The C&H parent-child cookie contest begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Brown and Haley parent-child cookie contest will be at 10 a.m. Sept. 19.

Spam: Yes, that’s right. A cooking competition devoted to America’s favorite canned meat. The contest starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Fun Spam fact: Jason Munson won the 2011 Spam contest at the Washington State Fair. He advanced to the national Spam competition in 2012 and won with his Maple Spam Doughnuts.

Scones: The Fisher scone baking competition starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 23.

Jam and jelly: The fair’s best jam and jelly competition starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 25.

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Find more Home Arts info here: thefair.com/fun/details/home-arts.

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