The 2015 NC state fair has a lot of new food this year. I can’t get into some of the ridiculous fried stuff at state fairs like peanut butter pickles. But I will taste some of the more tame fried food. Here are some new things at the fair this year:
Fried pimento cheese wonton’s from Woody’s–These are a winner. What’s not to like about pimento cheese? (These are easy to find if you just look for the big balloon blimp in the sky. Do not follow the festival food map because it lists Woody’s in a different location.) WINNER
Fried s’mores–Hmm, this was a little disappointing. I was expecting a square smore deep fried, but this was just marshmallow deep fried with chocolate syrup–no graham. If that’s your thing, you’ll like it.
Nu Jersey Turnpike sausage baguette from Baguettaboutit–A mild Italian fennel sausage with a roasted red pepper sauce in a crusty baguette. My friend always gets sausage and pepper sandwiches, and this was a really nice change–especially the good bread. WINNER
And Baguettaboutit also has delicious vegetarian sandwiches like this one with Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Tofurky Italian Sausage + Cracked Pepper and Parmesan Sauce. WINNER
Candied yams ice cream from Lumpy’s–I love Lumpy’s ice cream. But this flavor fell a bit flat for me. Yam/sweet potato ice cream can have a starchy mouthfeel. This one had some marshmallows scattered throughout, but I think a sweet syrup would’ve masked some of the starchiness.
Sour lemon ice cream from Country Folks Creamery—I always like to get the ice cream that’s churned with a John Deere tractor. This year’s new flavor is sour lemon. It is sour, which I like, and definitely real lemon. It reminded me of lemon gelato. It’s really good. WINNER
White chocolate mini baguette from La Farm Bakery–I love white chocolate, so I had to try this baguette. La Farm makes great bread, but this just didn’t do it for me. It was a bit too sweet and I just didn’t taste the white chocolate like I wanted to. I was hoping it would be melted in the middle but it was mostly bread. We also got an asiago parmesan bread for the road that’s great!
In addition to the new food at the fair, we got some old staples that we know we like.
Fried cheddar nuggets from Wisconsin cheese
a cinnamon sugar elephant ear
I also got some barbecue and slaw at Big Al’s in Raleigh
And my friend got mini donuts–these tasted like they were made with funnel cake mix–I’m not a fan of that flavor but if you are, you’ll like them.
Muscadine grapes are from North Carolina, and this muscadine grape slushie was a sweet, refreshing drink!
I checked out my favorite things at the fair–like the cake decorating contest. This cute cake was the winner.
I love the folk crafts at the Village of Yesteryear, the gardens and bonsai trees, and the North Carolina pottery tent. I even took a stroll through the soybean farmers’ tent with a wall of the Bayer logo. I tried not to think about all the soybean oil I ingested and had a good time! (I did see a food booth somewhere at the fair advertising that all its food was cooked with olive oil.) Anyway, a good time was had by all!