Big Eats. Big Excitement. Connecticut at The Big E! Last Updated 9/19

It could take a lifetime to savor all the tastes and pleasures of Connecticut. But you can do the next best thing: Visit the Connecticut Building at the Big E, September 13-29, 2019.

Come visit us in West Springfield, MA, just over the state line, for a lively trip down the Avenue of States to the Connecticut Building.  Love special events? Plan your visit for Connecticut Day, Wednesday, September 18! Discover everything wonderful about Connecticut. Just for starters:

Have a CT Foodie Feast.

Sample the treat that Buzzfeed called Connecticut’s Official Sandwich: the lobster roll, perfected by one of our most celebrated restaurants, Lenny and Joe’s Fish Tale. There's also New England Chowdafest, which will be serving up the chowders, soups and bisques that have made it a three-time winner of Yankee Magazine’s Top Event of the Season. And love BBQ? Bear’s Smokehouse, Danny’s Smokehouse Grill—voted as the number one baked potato at the Big E during a blind tasting contest and Downback BBQ are in the house! And of course, Randy's Wooster Street Pizza's famous brick-oven pizza, which was featured on Man vs. Food and continuously considered amongst the top 100 pizzerias in the country. The pizzeria is also home to Skippy's Dare Pizza, where patrons come from all over to savor the unique combination.

Also, snack while you stroll with Good Ole Boys Kettle Corn or Sweet Madeline’s Cider Donuts. And for dessert: the fabulous flavors of J. Foster’s Ice Cream! Those are just a taste of the delicacies ready to delight you. 

Toast to CT’s Finest Vintages.

Our brand-new wine-tasting booth will let you sip to your palate’s content, sampling delightful bouquets and flavors from the Connecticut Farm Wineries. Vintners from every corner of the state will uncork their best. It’s like taking the Connecticut Wine Trail in just a few steps, plus visitors can purchase bottles of their favorites to take home!

Brew up Good Times at the CT Craft Beer Garden.

A perennial favorite, the Connecticut Craft Beer Garden will once again welcome you with the top craft beer varieties from our state’s ever-growing roster of brewmasters.

Where’s the CT fun? Everywhere!

You’ll find booths spotlighting some of Connecticut’s most exciting attractions, however you find your fun: rooting for the home team, thrilling to casino excitement, or visiting some of Connecticut's iconic featured attractions.

Feel the CT cultural pride.

Our cultural gems will be shining there, too, including the Florence Griswold Museum—home of the American Impressionists—and the New Britain Museum of American Art

Discover new CT arts & crafts.

A kaleidoscope of talent awaits you as Connecticut’s artists and artisans display their skills, including:

  • Birdhouse Accents
  • Birdhouse Plus
  • On the Wing Bird Photography
  • Kelly’s Crystal Boutique
  • Paisley Peacock Body Arts
  • Illustrator/designer Amanda Surveski
  • Author/Illustrator Rebekah Phillips
  • Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association
  • Jamie’s Fused Jewelry
  • IQuilt
  • Be Charming by Kaila
  • Why a Spoon
  • Cottagewicks
  • Edward's Kool Kreation
  • Krumble Krafts
  • Sylvia Creation
  • Women Artist Collective

See what’s happening on Connecticut Day, Wednesday, September 18.

Join a day-long celebration that features a parade and over 10 hours of live entertainment on the front-lawn stage: Red-hot bands and maybe even a visit from favorite author Mark Twain himself!

Visit the Connecticut Building: open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

You can easily spend a day here and never leave the building—but you’ll be footsteps away from the amusement rides, the petting zoo, the farm animal competitions, and the latest inventions for hearth and home—all the thrills that make The Big E so big.

See the complete list of Connecticut Building vendors.

  • Amanda Surveski, Illustrator & Designer
  • American Clock & Watch Museum
  • Annalyn Jewelry
  • Be Charming by Kaila
  • BeanZ & Co.
  • Bear's Smokehouse BBQ
  • Best Buddy Biscuits LLC
  • Birdhouse Accents
  • Birdhouse Plus
  • Bovano of Cheshire
  • Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association
  • Connecticut Craft Beer Works / Connecticut Beer Garden
  • Connecticut Department of Agriculture
  • Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue
  • Connecticut Farm Wineries
  • Connecticut State Police
  • Connecticut Valley Tobacconist LLC
  • Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo & The Barnum Museum
  • Cottagewicks
  • Danny's Smoke House Grill
  • Downback BBQ LLC
  • Earthlight Solar and Energy Solutions
  • Edward's Kool Kreations
  • EGGGs
  • Florence Griswold Museum
  • Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Good Doggy Treats
  • Good Ole Boys Kettle Korn & Lemonade
  • GotMeals
  • Hartford Yard Goats
  • J.Foster Ice Cream
  • Jamie's Fused Jewerly
  • Kelly's Crystals Boutique
  • Krumble Krafts, LLC
  • Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale
  • Little Acres Farm Market
  • Livin' Country Brand
  • LKP Creations
  • Lyric Hill Farm
  • Maple Craft Foods
  • Maria-Annas Home Décor & Gifts
  • Mikey's Treats, LCC
  • Miss Wally Fused Glass
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • New Britain Museum of American Art
  • New England Chowdafest
  • Noujaim's Bistro
  • Oma's Pride
  • On the Wing Bird Photography
  • Paisley Peacock Body Arts
  • Papa's Connecticut Mountain Brew
  • PEZ Candy Inc.
  • Randy's Wooster Street Pizza Shop
  • Rebekah Phillips Author & Illustrator
  • Republic Gastropub
  • Ron's Beer Chasers
  • Small Potatoes
  • Sweet Madeline's Cider Donuts
  • Sylvia Grace Creations
  • TeachArt2Me
  • The Valley Railroad Company
  • Why A Spoon
  • Women Artists Collective
  • Wonderland Parties