Syracuse fans of TLC’s Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro can meet the celebrity baker in person today at The Great New York State Fair. At 11 a.m., Valastro will autograph copies of his cookbook at the Pride of New York Marketplace just inside the main gate. The book signing is in advance of Valastro’s free 2 p.m. show in Chevy Court, where the Cake Boss will demonstrate cake baking and decorating.
Valastro has written two cookbooks. His first, released in November, 2010, is Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia. In it, Valastro mixes memories, recipes and a personal history of Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop, the Valastro family Italian bakery in Hoboken, N.J. Valastro’s second book, Baking with the Cake Boss: 100 of Buddy’s Best Recipes and Decorating Secrets, is due out in November, 2011. Readers can pre-order Valastro’s second book from Amazon.com.
After this morning’s book signing, Valastro will appear on the Chevy Court stage at 2 p.m. Valastro’s New York State Fair appearance is a prelude to his official 2011 Buddy Valastro Live! The Bakin’ with the Boss tour. After this stop in Syracuse, Valastro’s next appearances are scheduled for Worchester, Mass., on September 24, and Tarrytown, N.Y. On September 25.
According to the Buddy on Tour website, Valastro’s live show offers “cakes, stories and fun,” featuring live interaction with the celebrity baker. Valastro shares onstage the stories behind his hit series and his colorful Italian family, answers audience questions, and gives a live demonstration of cake artist techniques. During his tour shows, Valastro also often invites audience members to join him on stage.
Also on tap in Wednesday’s state fair food events is the Ghirardelli Chocolate Championship in the Art & Home Center Culinary competition. Keep an eye on Syracuse Food for Culinary competition results.
Admission to the Great New York State Fair is $10 for adults, and free to students 12 and younger. Chevy Court shows are free with fair admission. Parking averages $5, and several area malls are operating park-and-ride shuttles from their parking lots to the state fair entrance gate.
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- Visit Syracuse Local Music for information about about Talent Showcase, Chevy Court and Grandstand performances.
- Keep an eye on Utica Dogs and Syracuse Dog Training for information about the fair’s pet events and exhibits.
- See the full Chevy Court entertainment schedule for August 25 through September 4, 2011 at The Great New York State Fair.