Can’t make it to Raleigh this fall for the N.C. State Fair this year? No worries. We’ve got our own lineup of over-the-top novelty foods that would fit right in among the bacon mac & cheese sundaes and dill pickle donuts.
Get your fill with these seven fair-approved foods. Ferris wheel not included.
The Butter Candle from Billy Sunday
Yes, it’s a candle made of butter that’ll gradually melt over Focaccia bread. It’s crafted in partnership with Ava Pizzeria inside Optimist Hall but is only available at Billy Sunday.
Details: Billy Sunday is located in the lower level of Optimist Hall at 1115 N Brevard St.
The Birthday Cake Super Swirl from SWIRL Dessert Bar
This $13 colossal shake is made with vanilla ice cream, blended with rainbow sprinkles and raspberry sauce, topped with a cookie and cupcake.
A mountain of french fries topped with crispy bacon, Boursin cheese sauce, diced tomato, scallions and a ranch drizzle.
Details: What The Fries recently reopened at The City Kitch, a ghost kitchen in Wesley Heights.
- For now, orders are carry-out only with plans to open a food stall in that location in 2024.
The Breakfast Totchos from Dish
This $18 hangover cure is made with tater tots, scrambled eggs, shredded cheese, white gravy, scallions and a choice of bacon, sausage or liver mush.
Of note: Totchos may only be available on Dish’s weekend brunch menu.
Details: Dish is located in Plaza Midwood at 1220 Thomas Ave, between The Pizza Peel and Thomas Street Tavern.
The Norwegian Roll from Moon Thai
You’re unlikely to see sushi at the fair, but Moon Thai’s Norwegian roll deserves a spotlight for its funky (but delicious) combination of salmon, cream cheese, capers, scallions, onion rings and kimchee sauce.
Details: Find Moon Thai in SouthPark at 4425 Sharon Rd, near Steak 48.
Squid-on-a-stick from Stick Street at Urban District Market
The food stall located inside Urban District Market sells everything — from squid to fried shrimp — on a stick.
Details: Urban District Market is located at 2315 N Davidson St. and is walkable to NoDa, Villa Heights and Optimist Park.
Korean Corn Dogs from Cutting Board CLT Food Truck
Bonus points if you add toppings like Hot Cheetos or queso.
Details: Find Cutting Board’s weekly food truck location schedule on their Instagram.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in Sept. 2017 and last updated in Oct. 2023.