Let’s add butter carving to our growing list of decorative food creations. In the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look at the creative ways that lattes, watermelons and pizza can be used to make amazing food art.
Last month, while researching our blog about the upcoming food art festivals, we discovered the spectacular butter carving display at the Ohio State Fair. This year’s fair took place from July 24 to August 4, 2013.
Ohio State Fair Celebrates Over 100 Years of Butter Carving
Butter carving is not a new form of food art the Ohio State Fair. Since the early 1900s, various sculptors have used butter to create a cow. This traditional butter cow made its first appearance in 1903 and has been joined by various other butter creations over the years.
At last year’s bicentennial celebration, the cow stood alongside a calf and a birthday cake. Composed out of 1,900 pounds of butter, these three sculptures took 451 hours to create. The butter carvings stood on display in a 45-degree cooler in the dairy building the entire length of the fair before being melted and used to power utility vehicles at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
Unveiling to the 2013 Ohio State Fair “Secret” Butter Sculpture
Butter Carving Displays at State Fairs Across the United States
If you don’t live near Ohio, there are other options for seeing these remarkable butter carvings. Many state fairs throughout the United States feature this specialized form of food art. From Iowa to Minnesota, a variety of animals, people and other objects are molded out of butter and put on display. Google your local state fair and butter carving to see if there’s a display in your area.