Bacon Trail aims to find most bacon-tastic food at the fair

Bacon makes everything better, especially fair food! The North Carolina State Fair Bacon Trail is a partnership between the N.C. State Fair and N.C. Pork Council to highlight vendors serving bacon and supporting the state’s pork industry. North Carolina is the third-largest pork producing state in the country and home to the world’s largest bacon plant. Bacon is a “pig” deal in North Carolina, so what better place to showcase all the ways to enjoy it than at the State Fair?

“October is pork month and we wanted to partner with the State Fair to celebrate North Carolina’s pork industry and all of the vendors who support it,” said Jen Kendrick, Director of Communications and Outreach for the N.C. Pork Council.

Along the trail, you’ll find foods wrapped, rolled and topped with bacon; deep fried and grilled on a stick. With bacon, the possibilities are endless and creativity abounds at the N.C. State Fair. Some of the most intriguing combinations on the list include, Deep Fried Piggy Tails from Beaver Concessions and Monster Churro Dog from Oh My Churro. Other vendors serving up bacon in creative ways are Bubba’s Bacon, where they added deep fried Bacon Mac and Cheese Tacos to their menu; and new vendors Pioneer Wagon, featuring a thick-cut fried bologna sandwich topped with bacon and Incredible Popcorn’s bacon popcorn. Other new foods on our list to try are DILLYlicious Loaded Pickles from Chester’s Gators and Taters, Chicken Bacon Ranch Waffle Stick from Waffle Chix and Bacon & White Cheddar Pretzel Dog from the Pretzel Lady.

This year, items from more than 40 vendors will compete to be named “The Most BACON-tastic Food on the Trail” and the vote is in the public’s hands. Check out the Official N.C. State Fair Bacon Trail to map out your top picks and stay tuned to the N.C. State Fair Facebook page to find out how you can vote for your favorite.

About Sweet Corn

I'm Tyson, but here you can call me Sweet Corn. Growing up, some of my favorite memories include visiting the N.C. State Fair every year with my family. In 2015, I joined the staff as a Marketing & Promotions Assistant for the fairgrounds. Five years later, life led me down a different career path. Now, I live on the coast of North Carolina, but return to Raleigh each October to take in the sights and sounds of the North Carolina State Fair. If you're looking, you'll find me in Heritage Circle with a cob of roasted sweet corn in one hand and a frozen apple cider in the other!

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