See Some Of The Most Exciting New Foods Coming To The NC State Fair
It’s almost fair time. I was born and raised in Charlotte but went to school in Raleigh (Go Pack always!) and consider it my second home. My fall consists of weekend after weekend of making the drive to Raleigh so it’s been a few years since I have visited the fair. I was already considering paying a visit this fall, but I might be even more convinced now. My main reason? To check out the new foods at the NC State Fair!
One of the most exciting parts of the NC State Fair is food. I’ll personally never forget the year the Krispy Kreme Burger was announced, or my best friend actually consuming it and the insane amount of calories it contained. I tend to be a “safer” fair food eater opting for the classics like kettle corn, grilled corn, or a funnel cake. But I’m always curious about the new options and sometimes will give them a try. And the new foods coming to the 2023 NC State Fair were just announced! So what’s new on the menu this year? Glad you asked! Here are a few of the most enticing new fair foods coming to the NC State Fair!
Boozie Cupcakes & Flavor Shooters
This is something I actually was known for making and brining to work for birthdays. It’s been a while since I’ve made them but they are delicious! And I’m sure a professional bakery like Boozie Bakes who will be offering them up at the fair can make them even better than myself. Flavors include: French Vanilla Bliss, You Had Me at Chocolate, Strawberry Daiquiri, Everything is Better with Tequila Margarita, Turn Down for What Funfetti, Indulgent Cookies and Cream, Candied Maple Bacon, Cotton Candy Fantasy & Deep-Fried Wine-infused. I’ll take one of each!
Bacon Mac & Cheese Sundae
No description was given of this one just a photo but my bacon and cheese-loving heart is in desperate need of this.
Deep Fried Gimbap: Korean Sushi Roll
Nothing says the fair like the most random assortment of deep-fried offerings. I thought I had heard it all, but a deep-fried Korean sushi roll is a new one. I don’t think I’ll be giving this a try either. It is Korean BBQ rolled in seaweed and rice then deep fried on a stick! Ok, maybe it doesn’t sound that bad.
Willing to give Ostrich a try? This is for you truly adventurous eaters out there. I didn’t know Ostrich burgers were a thing or that the birds were raised in North Carolina. You learn something new every day. The Ostrich Smashburger is a double-pattied 100% NC-raised ostrich burgers, cheese, grilled onions, and special sauce on a brioche bun.
Brisket & Waffles On a Stick
Fair food is just better on a stick. And easier to eat. I was hesitant about chicken and waffles thinking that was an odd combination. But after trying it I get it. And I’d certainly be down to try Brisket & Waffles- especially on a stick. It’s shredded smoked brisket and waffle mix deep-fried and served with your choice of sauces.
Dill Pickle Donut
Another one that loses me but is exactly what I expect from fair foods. A dill pickle donut. I’m not sure who came up with this combination or who asked for it, but it’s described as “dillicious”. Of course, it is. It’s a hand-cut yeast-raised donut “frosted” with whipped dill pickle cream cheese, topped with thick crinkle-cut dill pickle chips, and sprinkled with dill.
The Morning-After Stuffed Leg
With a name like this, it had to be included. And I’m not going to lie it actually sounds pretty good! The Morning-After leg is a giant turkey leg stuffed with cheese, eggs and potato tots drizzled with lime crema, your favorite fruit jam or smoked turkey breakfast gravy. There is also a morning-after roll that looks equally as delicious!
See the full line up of new fair foods here! I may have just convinced myself to make the drive to Raleigh to attend the fair.