N.C. State Fair begins this week in Raleigh and you know what that means: FOOD! There are plenty of menu items we’ve never seen at the fair before so we recommend wearing pants with an elastic waistband.

  • A lot of the new fair foods have been dropped in hot oil, like the deep-fried garlic cheese curds. Consult your cardiologist before digging in.
  • Some of┬áthem are sweet and sticky, such as the candied apple hushpuppies with a Cheerwine sugar glaze.┬áMake sure your will is up to date.
  • There are some exotic additions to the lineup, like the deep-fried emu burrito. If you’ve never seen one, an emu is bigger than a turkey, smaller than an ostrich.
  • And then there’s the downright decadent, such as “The Chickenator.” It’s a fried chicken breast nestled in a cinnamon bun with pepper jack cheese and crispy bacon and drizzled with a zesty honey sauce. Oof.

You can see more of the new sweet, savory and silly fair foods on the 2019 menu. N.C. State Fair runs October 17th through October 27th.

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