Deep Fried Ambassador: Take Me to the Fair

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Ashlee. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Miss Ashlee blog throughout the Fair. Welcome Ashlee! Take Me To The Fair Take me to the fair, Don’t know anywhere I would rather be. Let’s go to the fair, We’ll walk hand in hand Through tomorrow land Honey you and me I wanna see everything…do everything While we’re viewing it all I’ll buy the peanuts and popcorn We’ll have us a ball…. This is a song by 

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Deep FRIEDays: Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

Craving deep-fried goodness, but can’t wait until October? We’re here to help. Each Friday in September, Bearded Lady will visit a local Best Dish in N.C. restaurant to see what chefs are frying to satisfy a Fair fanatic’s hunger. Along the way, he’ll sample deep-fried creations worthy of the N.C. State Fair. And, while you won’t find these foods at the Fair, you will find them throughout the year at our participating restaurants. For our final Deep FRIEDays segment before the Fair, we move closer to the fairgrounds as we visit Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary. The restaurant, which is owned by Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels, is known  for its…

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Deep FRIEDays: Carolina Ale House

Craving deep-fried goodness, but can’t wait until October? We’re here to help. Each Friday in September, Bearded Lady will visit a local Best Dish in N.C. restaurant to see what chefs are frying to satisfy a Fair fanatic’s hunger. Along the way, he’ll sample deep-fried creations worthy of the N.C. State Fair. And, while you won’t find these foods at the Fair, you will find them throughout the year at our participating restaurants. Carolina Ale House is a locally owned chain of restaurants with 14 locations across the Southeast. And while it may be a larger operation than other restaurants we’ve visited with Deep FRIEDays, its mission is still…

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Got to Be NC Festival headlines a jam-packed weekend at the Fairgrounds

Fairgrounds visitors will have plenty of activities to choose from as the third-annual Got to Be NC Festival kicks off a full weeekend of events. The festival runs Friday, May 21, to Sunday, May 23, and will include hundreds of food and commercial vendors, agricultural exhibits, carnival rides and much more. Following is the jam-packed schedule of activities at the Got to Be NC Festival: Amran Shriners N.C. Seafood Fish Fry, Friday, beside the Expo Center The Shriners will serve N.C. mountain trout, catfish and shrimp from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per plate. The event is…

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Are some of our favorites your favorites, too?

The gates are now open and the fairgrounds is bustling with activity. As we’ve made our way around the grounds this week, we’ve been making mental notes on which of our personal favorite food items are back. Mini-donuts, yes! Roasted corn, check! Apple dumplings, absolutely! Gyros and pizza, they’re here! Fresh-cut fries, check, check! Steak sandwiches, check! Gourmet candy apples, yipee-yummo yes! Deep-fried Oreos, ooooh yeah! Strawberry shortcake, mmmm yes it’s here! Cinnamon buns, yesssssssssss! Blooming onion, absolutely! Chocolate-covered bananas, yep! When you spend 11 of the 11 days of the Fair on the fairgrounds, you get to experience a lot of…

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Behind the scenes with…Letrice Vines, commercial space administrator

The N.C. State Fair kicks off in a few months, but there’s a ton of preparation already in motion. We’ll bring you behind-the-scenes interviews with fairgrounds employees working to bring you “A Whole Lotta Happy” when the gates open Thursday, Oct. 15. Food is the No. 1 reason people come to the State Fair, a fact Letrice Vines knows well. As commercial space administrator, Letrice chooses and coordinates each and every vendor for the Fair, including the folks behind your favorite crazy-creative deep-fried creations. After the exhibitor application deadline on July 1, Letrice is tasked with combing through each application…

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Making lists and checking them twice

We dedicated State Fair Press Office types consider it our duty to sample a variety of foods during the fair. After all, if we are to be credible sources of information about State Fair cuisine, we must do extensive research. A couple of us take this work so seriously that we write up a “wish list” so we can keep track of our consumption (see above). As you’ll notice by the scratch marks and checks, we made a lot of progress this year — and consumed a lot of calories. All in the name of public service.

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Where to find it: Fried mac’n’cheese and pecan pie

Because of the HUGE response we’ve gotten to the deep fried pecan pie and mac’n’cheese, we tracked down Alan Rubin to tell us exactly where Fair visitors can find these tasty treats. You can find them at the Sam Rand Grandstand food exhibitor area, circled above in red, near the middle of the fairgrounds. Chef Vince Thomas’ Chef’s D’lites right across from the Grandstand restrooms will also be serving up the deep friend mac-n-cheese. Click here for a larger map, where you can use the zoom tool to get in really close…and eat away! UPDATE: We scoped out the booth…

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What’s your favorite fair food?

In surveys taken at the Fair, people say again and again and again food is the top reason they come. And they certainly have plenty of options to choose from. Nearly 350 vendors have signed up for 2008 and a few more may be added before gates open Oct. 16. Now mind you, not every vendor is a food vendor, but there are hundreds of food booths to choose from. What the Fair’s most famous for is good old Southern deep-fried fare, the inspiration behind this blog. Seriously, is there any kind of ho-ho or chocolate candy bar that hasn’t…

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