Are some of our favorites your favorites, too?

The gates are now open and the fairgrounds is bustling with activity.

As we’ve made our way around the grounds this week, we’ve been making mental notes on which of our personal favorite food items are back.

There are lots of great food options at the Fair.

There are lots of great food options at the Fair.

Mini-donuts, yes! Roasted corn, check! Apple dumplings, absolutely! Gyros and pizza, they’re here! Fresh-cut fries, check, check! Steak sandwiches, check! Gourmet candy apples, yipee-yummo yes! Deep-fried Oreos, ooooh yeah! Strawberry shortcake, mmmm yes it’s here! Cinnamon buns, yesssssssssss! Blooming onion, absolutely! Chocolate-covered bananas, yep!

When you spend 11 of the 11 days of the Fair on the fairgrounds, you get to experience a lot of food.  On the plus side, being here that long helps us space out the deep-fried delicacies. On the not-so-good side, we have to spend a lot of time on our feet trying to counter a few of those calories. (But we would have to do that anyway!)

So now you know what some of the press office’s favorite foods are. What are some of your favorite things to eat at the N.C. State Fair?

About Merrie Go Round

Merrie Go Round is the midway alter-ego of Andrea Ashby, who has officially spent 252 days during the past 24 years at the N.C. State Fair. That's perfect attendance in case you were wondering. In addition to promoting the Fair, looking for untold Fair stories and working on various special events, I also spend a great deal of time roaming the grounds taking photos for the Website and State Fair publications. I like to keep my eyes and ears posted for the unusual and different things that make the State Fair such a great celebration of North Carolina people, traditions and history. I look forward to sharing with you the things I come across on my journey.

7 Comments

  1. I LOVE an Italian sausage and fries at McBride’s food tent on the fairgrounds. I go every year!

  2. I love Al’s Fries, the fried cheese and the fudge………..only after I have ridden the Himalaya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. DEEP FRIED CORN!
    Rice’s Roasted corn has delicious deep fried corn!

    It is hearty and worth your money!

  4. DOES THIS VENDOR HAVE APPLE DUMPLINGS? IF NOT, DO YOU KNOW WHO DOES? THAT’S ONE OF THE REASONS I WANT TO GO TO THE FAIR. (lol)

  5. The BEST apple dumplings can be found at Smitty’s Apples in the area near the Grist Mill. They have a homemade dumpling with a hot cinnamon syrup topping. It’s delicious!

  6. Every year I go to the veggie patch for onion rings and mushrooms. They’re the best I’ve ever had and everything is fresh.

  7. Deep Fried Oreos are To Die For. Someone in Raleigh needs to just sell these tasty little delicacies. I’m totally smitten by them! Never would have expected to enjoy anything deep-fried so thoroughly. Yum!

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