The NC State Fair Food Event Starts Tomorrow: Here’s How You Can Still Get Fair Food

The NC State Fair Food Event Starts Tomorrow: Here’s How You Can Still Get Fair Food

Gator mac and cheese. Deep-fried Oreos. Jolly Rancher slushies in pumpkin slush cups. These are just a few of the delicious delicacies you can find at the NC State Fair. We all know that in July 2020, the State Fair was canceled due to COVID-19. But, you might not know that starting tomorrow, you can still get your NC State Fair food fix.  

Where Do I Go?

The Nc state fair food event will take place at the fair grounds from October 15-25.
Image courtesy of Justin Doub from Raleigh, NC.

Head down to the regular fair grounds for all your traditional fair food favs.

Enter through Gate 9 off Trinity Road and park in the midway area. Walk up the hill towards Dorton Arena, and you’ll be in the right spot to get the funnel cakes and corndogs you’ve been missing this month.

When Can I Stop By?

The NC State Fair food event is from October 15-25 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

What NC State Fair Food Can I Get?

Fried Foods: Savory

From fried okra at Angela’s Seafood to fried gator bits at Chester’s Gators & Taters, the fried food spread will not be one to miss.

Then head over to Waypoint Oyster Bar for deep-fried lobster on a stick and to Ragin’ Cajun for deep-fried jalapeño bacon pimento cheese fritters.

funnel cakes will be available at the nc state fair food event.
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Fried Foods: Sweet

Old Style Foods is offering not only deep fried s’mores, but deep fried Pop Tarts too!

Craving a funnel cake? The Gobblin’ Gourmet has you covered with their myriad of gourmet funnel cake flavors including Blueberry Bump, Praline, Red Velvet and Pumpkin Spice.

For fried dough and deep-fried Oreos, head on over to Debbie’s Concessions to satisfy your sweet tooth.


Whether it’s some curry chicken from Cool Runnings Jamaican or a garlic chicken pita from Party in a Pita, there’s no way that chicken doesn’t make your NC State Fair food tour.

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Turkey and Barbecue

Looking for brisket mac-n-cheese and pork ribs? Look no further than Fat Boys BBQ.

If turkey BBQ eggrolls and cracklings are more your speed, then Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ is here to flip the script on BBQ and have you fall in love with turkey all over again.

Once you’ve realized that turkey BBQ is best accompanied with an old-fashioned turkey leg, McBride Concessions should be your next stop.

Burgers, Dogs and Sandwiches

For your quintessential love of corn dogs, hot dogs and beef dogs, Zell Lucas is the place to check out! Ready for bologna sandwiches or a hamburger? N&T Concessions is serving up both … and you can have fries with that.

Concession Stand Favorites

cotton candy will be served at the nc state fair food event.
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How long has it been since you’ve gorged on a bag of cotton candy? If you’re in the mood for the spin sugar treat, Jenks Concessions is ready to help you get that sugar rush.

On hotter days, there’s absolutely nothing like a sno cone. To beat the heat, head on over to Brinkley Entertainment.

Is it even the Fair if you don’t head home with kettle corn? We don’t think so. Stop by the Raleigh Downtown Lions Club to make your experience authentic.

Douglas Grover will be serving up corn on the cob, corn in a cup, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos corn on the cob, and pumpkin spice corn on the cob.

Cookies, Cakes and Fudge

Favor Desserts‘ menu boasts cookies, cake pops and homemade cake slices … and you can also pick up a glass of milk for dunking. After that glass of milk, swing by NC Fudge & Stuff, which will be offering both fudge and gummies.

Frozen Drinks

By this point, you have to be thirsty! Moose Joose Slush is serving up frozen sweet tea and over six flavors of slush drinks — possibly in their pumpkin cups. If you’re looking for a different kind of drink receptacle, Tropical Delights will offer cored-out pineapples and coconuts filled with frozen fruit smoothies.

Which Precautions Will the NC State Fair Food Event Take?

Social distancing and face coverings are required.

No gatherings will be permitted on the state fair grounds. While you can head up to your favorite vendors to order, there will be no seating area — only take-out service.

Also, no pets will be permitted at the NC State Fair food event.

What Else Should I Know?

Most vendors will be accepting cash only. An ATM will be available on the east side of the Dorton Arena.

Want more options? The complete menu of NC State Fair food contains even more choices. Or are you planning for next year? The NC State Fair plans to return in October 2021.

Do you love food? We’ve covered the best food trucks near Raleigh, the best places to find Indian food in NC, and Durham’s best restaurants. To stay current on food news in North Carolina, head over to our food coverage!