On Monday, we hosted more than 50 members of the media at our annual Media Preview Luncheon. We gave them a sneak peek at several new things, including the Down to Earth Aerials, which will perform on the north lawn of Dorton Arena. This is definitely going to attract a crowd!
We also had the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources there to talk about its new exhibit in the North Lobby of Dorton Arena, North Carolina in the Great War.
The N.C. Horse Council also highlighted the activities they have scheduled for the Year of the Horse at the Hunt Horse Complex by offering the media five-minute riding lessons.
But the biggest buzz almost always involves the food. Murphy House uses the media lunch to introduce its newest deep-fried concoction. In the past, we’ve had Deep Fried Kool-Aid, Deep Fried HoHos, Deep Fried Cupcakes . . . just to name a few favorites. Each year things seem to get a little crazier. And the newest deep-fried treats are certainly out there. Take the Twinx, for example. A Twix candy bar stuffed into a Twinkie, wrapped with bacon, dipped into cake batter and deep fried. The second was a variation on the other. A slice of bacon wrapped around a Reese’s Cup and then battered and fried.
Funhouse and I did you a favor and sampled these two treats. (You’re welcome.)
I do have to say that my expression does not do justice to how good these treats were. I look a little undecided, but they really were good. I did prefer the Reese’s Cup. Not surprising though, because if I had to choose between a Twix, Twinkie or Reeese’s Cup, I would choose the Reese’s every time. The sweet and salty was more pronounced with the smaller treat. But if you’re a fan of the deep fried Twinkie, I’d definitely recommend you try out the Twinx. You can also ask for it without the bacon if you prefer.
That’s not the only new foods we featured at the media lunch. Tomorrow we’ll feature Ragin’ Cajun’s fair version of the traditional New Orleans’ dessert, Bananas Foster. And LaFarm Bakery had samples of some of the baked goods they will offer at the Agriculture Today exhibit near Gate 1. The Deep Fried Crew gives 10 thumbs up to the white chocolate baguette and the Piedmont sourdough. We’re also looking forward to getting some more of the chipotle pimento cheese they let us try.
To help you find your way to all of the new treats, we’ve got a map you can print out and bring with you on our website. Click here to download the New Foods map.