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See who’s cooking at the Washington State Fair

Sister-and-brother team Margaret and Ben Herreid opened Arista on Pioneer Avenue in downtown Puyallup in 2014.
Sister-and-brother team Margaret and Ben Herreid opened Arista on Pioneer Avenue in downtown Puyallup in 2014. Staff file, 2014

While you’ll find a handful of South Sound restaurants serving their food at the Washington State Fair, you’ll find even more local chefs on the second floor of the Pavilion. Go to the far back corner to find the display kitchen hosting a flurry of chefs and home cooks demonstrating how to make everything from the perfect pie crust to shrimp and grits.

Here’s a look at cooking demonstrations you shouldn’t miss. Find the complete schedule at

Dr. Terry: Locals might recall bumping into the Dr. Terry’s pie booth at a local farmers market. Check out the demonstration at 10:30 a.m. Friday (Sept. 2) and 6 p.m. Sept. 10 for tips on making the perfect pie crust.

Duris Farms: If you’ve stopped by their farm stand on River Road, you already know the Duris family are champions in local pickling supplies. Here’s your chance to find out their tricks to make the best pickled vegetables, 3:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 2) and Sept. 9.

Arista: The downtown Puyallup pasta restaurant plans to demonstrate some of the new dishes from the upcoming Arista’s Roasthouse, a second restaurant that co-owner Ben Herreid will open this fall in Parkland. He’ll demonstrate making a pork shoulder with apricot demi-glace; brisket with apple, green tomato and jalapeno chutney, and show creative uses of fresh farm vegetables using produce from the restaurant’s Clarks Creek Farm. He’ll cook, with assistance from his chef, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Bourbon Street Bar and Grill: The downtown Puyallup restaurant will be represented by Jehan de Alwis, son of owner Mike de Alwis. The restaurant is known for its Louisiana inspired eats and Cajun cuisine. On Saturday at 3:30 p.m., Jehan de Alwis will demonstrate cooking seafood jambalaya, as well as shrimp and grits.

Tacoma Yacht Club: Chef Hudson Slater, formerly of Marrow and Maxwell’s, will demonstrate a few cooking techniques every home chef needs in the cooking arsenal. “I will be breaking down a chicken and showing different ways to marinate and cook the chicken. Also, I will make mushroom risotto and teach how to make a pan sauce.” His demonstration begins at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Wanna Cupcake: Jim and Karie Romano from the downtown Puyallup cupcake shop will have their lead cake designer demonstrate how to do a rosette design and an ombre spatula swirl. Said co-owner Karie, “We will teach some fun monster and ghost cupcake designs this year for Halloween, as well.” The demonstration begins at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 22. Tip: The bakery is about to expand its business. Details soon.

More to catch: C.J.’s Deli will demonstrate making quick pies at 3:30 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25. Barbeque Pete’s will demonstrate pulled pork at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

Also check out: Baking competitions happen throughout the fair on the second floor of the Pavilion. A few to catch are the Spam contest at 10 a.m. Wednesday; the Brown and Haley contest at 4 p.m. Sept. 12 and the scone baking contest at 10 a.m. Sept. 21.