By Old Farmers Almanac
Fairs that celebrate local harvests, agricultural traditions, and coastal fish and seafood industries have long been famous for delicious food. For many people, the highlight of these events is the cooking competition, featuring baked goods, jam, pickles and more. Here, the editors of The Old Farmers Almanac have gathered championship recipes, as well as the comments, hard-won secrets, and tips of award-winning cooks. With ideas for everything from appetizers to desserts, you're sure to find a dish for every appetite and occasion.