The Connecticut Building is Back at The Big E! Last Updated: September 2021

The Big E is back and the Connecticut Building along the Avenue of States is ready to safely delight fairgoers with the diverse sites, smells and tastes of Connecticut.

Open daily during the fair, Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, the Connecticut Building will feature new and returning tourism attractions, restaurants, wineries, breweries, small businesses, artisans and crafters from every corner of the state. Here’s what to expect and how to make the most of your visit.

Taste Iconic Connecticut Dishes

Treat your tastebuds to Connecticut favorites including hot buttered lobster rolls from Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, savory barbeque from Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, famous brick-oven pizza at Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza and delicious baked potatoes from Danny’s Smokehouse Grill.

Additional food vendors include:

Sip Wine and Beer

Try locally made beer and wine from the Connecticut Craft Beer Garden, featuring a rotating selection of beer and cider from craft breweries across the state, and the Connecticut Farm Wineries booth—offering refreshing “Frosé” wine slushies, wine by the glass and bottles for purchase.

Learn About Agriculture

Learn about Connecticut’s vast agriculture and aquaculture resources by visiting the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s booth, which will feature a variety of farmers, growers and other exhibitors.

Agriculture vendors include:

Discover and Rediscover Popular Attractions

“Visit” popular attractions, including the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Florence Griswold Museum, Mohegan Sun and Ledge Lighthouse, new to the Connecticut Building.

Sample Delicious Treats

Get your sweet fix and try favorites including apple cider donuts from Sweet Madeline’s, artisan ice cream from J. Foster Ice Cream and baked treats from Bloom Bake Shop, new to the Connecticut Building.

Enjoy Live Entertainment on Connecticut Day!

Enjoy 10 hours of live entertainment on Connecticut Day, Sept. 22. The all-day celebration is historically one of the most popular days of the fair and will feature over 10 hours of live entertainment on the Connecticut Building front lawn stage. This year’s lineup includes musical offerings from rock to a cappella.

Learn More

Don't forget to stop by the Connecticut State Police booth and the Connecticut Tourism booth to learn more about our state!

Exhibitors and staff in the Connecticut Building are prioritizing safety by wearing masks and implementing extensive cleaning and sanitizing protocols. The Big E has also issued a list of safety guidelines and protocols for all visitors.

To avoid and minimize weekend traffic, the Connecticut Department of Transportation recently announced the availability of two weekend shuttle bus options to The Big E.

To learn more about the Connecticut Building at The Big E, visit the Facebook Page.