After tasting many of the new foods at this year’s N.C. State Fair, here are my top four picks:
▪ Carolina Crab Bites from N&T Concessions are made with North Carolina crab and little filler and served with a “crabby sauce,” like a spicy Thousand Island dressing. Cost: $8 for four bites. The booth is near Gate 9, in front of the rabbit barn and next to a grilled corn vendor.from
▪ Woody’s is serving deep-fried pimento cheese-filled wontons. Cost: five pieces for $5. (This is delicious but very rich so I would buy it to share.) Their booth is south of Dorton Arena near the main midway entrance.
▪ N.C. State University’s Howling Cow debuted a new ice cream flavor: lemon wafer. Their stand is located on one end of the Hobbies & Crafts building. (You do not have to wait for the state fair to eat this ice cream. It is sold on campus: howlingcow.ncsu.edu/.)
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▪ High on the Hog, a fried pork chop sandwich topped with barbecue, pickle, bacon and coleslaw, sold by the Granny’s Country Kitchen. Their stand is located at the end of the building with the church food stands. Cost: $12.
Click HERE to see the fairgrounds’ food map showing where to buy these items and the ones listed below.
Here is a list of the other new foods at the fair and where to find them:
▪ Ragin’ Cajun will have a pimento cheese hushpuppies with bacon and jalapeno and served with a sriracha bang bang sauce. The booth is located just past the Sam Rand Grandstand.
▪ Murphy House will be selling “Fry Me Over the Moons,” which includes all of these items deep-fried: A Moon Pie, a Hostess cupcake, three Oreos and two Reese’s cups. It’s a little over the top, but perfect for sharing, said manager Matthew Varnadoe. Cost: $8. Murphy House has several locations: the 1853 Grill, alongside the church food vendors; inside the Scott building and in front of the Sam Rand Grandstand.
▪ Chef’s D’lites is serving deep-fried crispy ice cream, like a deep-fried Klondike bar. Cost: $5. The food stand is across from the women’s bathroom outside the Sam Rand Grandstand.
▪ S2 Concessions will be selling two new treats: deep-fried peanut butter pickles (giant pickle cut in half, smothered in peanut butter, dipped in batter and fried) and deep-fried bacon-wrapped Tootsie Rolls (giant Tootsie Roll, cut in half, wrapped in bacon, dipped in batter and fried.) Cost: $6. The booth is a mini donut trailer parked in Kiddieland.
▪ McBride Concessions is offering peanut butter and jelly chicken wings (think Thai peanut sauce) as well as “pinchos,” a pork or chicken skewer. The wings cost $6 for six, $10 for a dozen, $20 for 24. The pincho costs $7 for one skewer or $9 with a tortilla, lettuce, tomato, cilantro, sour cream and cheese sauce. These new items are only available at the McBrides’ location across from the Expo Center.
▪ Country Folks Creamery is offering two new ice creams this year: sour ice cream and country folks vanilla ice cream with Krispy Kreme doughnuts. (This stand also sells what they call the hottest ice cream made with Carolina Reaper peppers.) Cost: $5. The stand is adjacent to Gate 1, near the men’s bathroom.
For more information about the fair, which starts at 3 p.m. Thursday, go to ncstatefair.org