NC State Fair Food

Milkshake with whipped cream on top in a small baby pumpkin.

Each year nearly 1 million people visit the North Carolina State Fair. This is year is not different because this year marks the 150th anniversary. People come from all over North Carolina for the rides, games, free shows, and you can not forget the food.
There is nothing like State Fair food. There is something there for everyone. No one’s taste buds have to feel left out after a visit to the fair.
Whether you are someone who likes to keep it simple or try new things you will find what you are looking for with the plethora of vendors.
Now, you have the fair classics: turkey legs, lemonade, fried oreos, corn on the cob. If you are looking to change it up on the closing weekend of the fair, here are some foods you should look out for.
This year to fill your sweet tooth craving you may look to try the Cheerwine funnel cake from Beaver’s Concessions. It includes Cheerwine flavored dough topped with Cheerwine flavored icing and powdered sugar.
“I had heard about the Cheerwine funnel cake be raved about prior to coming to the fair, so once I was here I knew I had to try it,” said Jordan Byrd, a William Peace University alumnus. “It definitely lived up to the hype, and was a good spin off of the traditional funnel cake.”
If you are one to like salty and sweet combos you need to go check out Bubba’s Bacon. Here you will be able to find Bacon s’mores and chocolate covered Bacon. Bubba’s Bacon offers just about anything involving bacon, so if the chocolate and bacon combo scares you a bit there is always the Bacon wrapped Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Looking to change it up a bit and get something other than the delicious fried oreos that everyone loves? Good news, there is now deep fried Key Lime Pie Bites being offered from Chef’s D’Lites. The bites are sprinkled with cinnamon, powdered sugar, and then finished off with a dollop of whip cream and a drizzle of raspberry sauce.
“I saw someone post about it on Instagram so I thought I would try them, they were actually my first deep fried food ever,” said Madison Boley, a senior at William Peace University. “They were kind of weird, they were melted yet fried, overall they were delicious though.”
Another popular fair goer’s choice this year is for the all the lovers of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This is the newly introduced Pumpkin Pie Milkshake from McBride’s Concessions. This sweet treat comes inside its very own pumpkin and only cost $8.
Lastly, is for those who just can not stray from tradition, corn on the cob. This one is much more than just corn on the cob though. It is the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Roasted Corn. The corn is covered in a thin layer of mayonnaise and then coated in crushed up Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. You can get this spicy treat from Douglas Farms.
This year’s State Fair food was not a let down and each vendor keeps getting more creative each year trying to top what was sold the previous year. If you did not get to try any food this year, you surely missed out on some unbelievable tastes.

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