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What is your favorite fair food?

Posted October 18, 2016

Deep Fried Cuban roll at NC State Fair

Are you going to the N.C. State Fair this year?

If so, do you have a favorite food item you get every single year?

Have you discovered any new favorites this year?

I get a falafel from the Neomonde booth near the WRAL tent every year and after my time slot at the tent on Friday morning, I will be headed to get one again this year!


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  • glamorkat Oct 20, 2016

    I usually get the soft shell crab sandwich from Captain Neils, but this year they had the most amazing crab dip! The line was long but it was oh so worth it.

  • meredith88 Oct 19, 2016

    We went yesterday for 14 hours and saw and ate everything we wanted :-)

    The man sandwich was very good. It had a lot more cheese than I was expecting which was a nice surprise! The bacon was nice and crispy.

    The new flavor of Howling Cow ice cream was good but I couldn't taste any apple flavor in the Caramel Apple Crisp. They gave big portions this year which was nice since we shared.

    We tried Al's fries for the first time this year since they won the People Choice award for best fair food and we were disappointed. They just tasted like fries, nothing special.

    We love the fried Wisconsin Cheese! Our favorite each year!

    We also had breakfast there, a smoothie in a pineapple, a cinnamon bun, a sausage with peppers and onions, a hot dog and a hamburger. Plus all the free samples we came across.

    The trick was to space our meals apart and to share everything we bought to save money and our stomachs ;-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 18, 2016

    ThomasG - they do still have turkey legs!

    UNCW_Ash - the flyer looks like fun. I may have to ride it if I bring my youngest out there later this week.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 18, 2016

    Hands down, the cotton candy, preferably still warm from the cotton candy machine. Mmmmmmmm. It's right up there with black jelly beans! LOL

  • UNCW_Ash Oct 18, 2016

    Al's fries-visit there at least once if not twice. My husband loves the roasted silver queen corn. My daughter and I enjoy the taco in a bucket-it's a good thing to split between two or more people. I love all the free samples too and just looking at the exhibits. I'm thrilled the flyer is back-I remember it as a small child.

  • ThomasG Oct 18, 2016

    "Homemade" fudge - but it was not in the building it has always been in the last time we went and we could not find it anywhere else .
    homemade ice cream - roasted corn - grilled chicken
    Do they still have the turkey legs ??

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 18, 2016

    ybaverage2003 - thanks! I plan to. :-)

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your favorites.

    aerogirl2084 - How sad that you won't get your favorite pickle. I feel so badly for them and all the folks in that area who will be dealing with the aftermath of the hurricane for some time to come.

    Momoffi - I agree about the doughnut burger. Not going to happen. lol

  • Momoffi Oct 18, 2016

    Roast corn. I always get one each year. We went on Saturday and tried the Strawberries n Cream on a Krispy Kreme. My 3yo liked it. I was not too adventurous to try the Krispy Kreme burger.

  • ybaverage2003 Oct 18, 2016

    Faye, enjoy your falafel ! I love Neomonde :)

  • aerogirl2084 Oct 18, 2016

    Ironically, amid all the fried foods and sweet stuff, my all-time favorite is a giant Mt. Olive pickle. I usually get at least one or two each year; I know this year they will not be there due to flooding in their warehouse from Hurricane Matthew, which makes me a little sad, but I know that is beyond their control. I know you can buy Mt. Olive pickles at the grocery store (and I do), but to me, it's just not the same as pushing through the crowd, laying your quarters down and picking your flavor from the row of jars in front of you.