North Carolina’s 150th State Fair Starts Today w/ 30 Crazy New Food Creations


Today begins North Carolina’s 150th State Fair. To celebrate this momentous year, fair organizers went all out with some of the wildest food creations you’ve ever heard of.

This year’s new offerings include Deep Fried Dirty Rice, Cheerwine Funnel Cakes, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos corn on the cob, “Crack-n-cheese” turkey barbecue, and even a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake, inside of a mini-pumpkin.

Here are all the new food offerings this year, according to the NC State Fair’s website:

Apple Pie Arepas Bacon

Deep Fried Pumpkin Pie

Original Minneapple Pie

Deep Fried Pumpkin Pie served warm with cinnamon vanilla ice cream

Arepas, Envueltos & Empanadas

Arepa Loca

Arepas (veggie, beef, chicken or pork), Envueltos, Empanadas, Cheese Bread, Sautéed Mushrooms, Carrots & Peppers, Mousse with Raspberry & Passion Fruit, Tropical Juices (passion fruit & wild berries)

Bacon Mac & Cheese

Bubba’s Bacon

Bacon Scallops BAD Chix Blue Hawaiian

Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe

Bacon Wrapped Scallops, Yellowfin Tuna Bites, Greentail Fried Shrimp, Sweet Potato Fries, Fried Mac N Cheese, Fish Cakes, Jumbo Lump Crab Dip, Fried Vegetable Medley, Honey Siracha Chicken Bites, Fries, Fried Clam Chowder

Hot Chix Hot Cakes & Chicken

B.A.D. Chix

Eggs, bacon, cheese and syrup drizzle layered on top of a crispy chicken strip,
nestled in a hotcake

Blue Hawaiian Funnel Cake

Gobblin’ Gourmet

Brown sugar funnel cake, pineapple topping, praline, whipped cream & cherries

Cheerwine Cake Cheerwine 1 Cheese Curd

Cheerwine Cake

Old North State Kitchen

Cheerwine cake with honey infused frosting topped with chocolate shavings

Cheerwine Funnel Cake

Beaver Concessions

Deep Fried Crab Cake
Cheese Curds

Cheese Curd Shack 

Wisconsin premium white cheddar cheese curds lightly breaded with cooked snow crab and shrimp

Chick Coconut Smoothe Collard

Wicked WaffleWich Sliders


Chicken BBQ drenched with spicy buffalo sauce sandwiched between two warm, crisp waffle edges and topped with coleslaw

Fresh Fruit Smoothies

Tropical Delights 

Fresh fruit smoothies served in a fresh conconut

Deep Fried Bacon & Cheese Collard Bites

Woody’s Grill

Crack n cheese DF Choc Pie Deep Fried Dirty Rice


Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ

Deep Fried Chocolate Pie

Original Minneapple Pie

Deep Fried Chocolate Pie served warm with vanilla ice cream

Deep Fried Dirty Rice

Ragin’ Cajun

Dirty rice breaded lightly, deep fried and served with a cajun ranch sauce

Firecracker Shrimp Flamin Pumpkin

Firecracker Shrimp over Asian Slaw

Captain Neill’s Seafood 

Fried shrimp in a spicy asian sauce served over asian slaw

Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Roasted Corn

Douglas Farms

Roasted corn on the cob coated in mayonnaise and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

Deep Fried Apple Pie

Original Minneapple Pie

Deep Fried Apple Pie served warm with cinnamon vanilla ice cream and pure apple syrup

Jerk Ribs Key Lime Bites Lamb Burger

Jerk BBQ Ribs

Cool Runnings Jamaican

Baby back ribs prepared with jerk BBQ sauce and spices

Deep Fried Key Lime Pie Bites

Chef’s D’Lites

Creamy key lime pie filling battered

then fried to a golden brown then topped with cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar and a drizzle of raspberry sauce

and whipped cream

Mediterranean Lamb Burger

Neomonde Deli

Traditional spice blend lamb burger on a potato bun with grilled onions and harissa yogurt sauce on

a bed of mixed greens

Chicken Poutine Thanksgiving Eggroll

Old North State Chicken

Old North State Kitchen

Roasted chicken breast with a country ham and pimiento cheese cream sauce


Poutine Gourmet

French fries with cheese curds and brown gravy

Thanksgiving Eggroll

Woody’s Grill

Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberries deep fried in an eggroll

Turkey BBQ CPS Coconut

Turkey BBQ

Hickory Tree BBQ

Cherry Pecan Streudel

Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples

Coconut Macadamia Nut Cream Pie

Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples

Cherry LaFarm Pumpkin Milkshake

Chocolate Marshmallow Fluff

Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples

Strawberry and Nutella Hand Pie with Rye Crust

LaFarm Bakery

Flakey rye chocolate pastry crust filled with Nutella and fresh strawberries and finished off with a creamy chocolate ganache

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

McBride’s Concessions

A pumpkin pie milk shake with whipped cream and pie crust crumbles on top.  Comes inside its own pumpkin. Not just pumpkin flavored ice cream either! Vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pie and secret spices!


Admission to the fair is $1.50, gates will open at 3pm today, and the first 15,000 fairgoers through the gates will receive a commemorative 150th anniversary button.

You can purchase unlimited ride wristbands here today for $25, or after today for $35.

The 150th North Carolina State Fair runs from Oct. 12 through Oct. 22 at Raleigh’s state fairgrounds, with gates open from 8am – midnight daily.