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7 places for state fair food and creative interpretations

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kō•än’s ko.rn dog, image courtesy of Tabletop Media Group

The NC State Fair may be canceled, but you can still indulge thanks to the creativity of Raleigh area food + drink purveyors. 

Restaurants with Tabletop Media Group and WRAL’s Out & About editor  collaborated for some inspired specials including:

Tonbo Ramen: Japanese Fried Chicken (JFC) with Fried Ramen Mac-n-Cheese. “This delicious dish includes a Japanese fried chicken quarter served with panko-coated deep-fried ramen mac-n-cheese, Asian slaw and shishito tartar sauce,” Tabletop shared in a release. (Downtown Raleigh)

STIR is mixing up a Dole Whip Cocktail: A pineapple rum-based cocktail, made with with John D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum Liqueur. (North Hills) 

kō•än will offer a few items including a “ko.rn dog,” “a house made hot dog, gochu-chup, NC honey mustard and pickled onion.” (Cary)

Whiskey Kitchen: Their elevated smoked turkey leg include a spiced Cheerwine and bourbon glaze. For dessert, frozen strawberries are funnel cake battered and fried, topped with powdered sugar. (Downtown Raleigh)

Whiskey Kitchen’s funnel cake strawberries.

Other restaurants getting creative include:

La Farm: The bakery usually offers their house-made s’mores at the NC State Fair. Now, they’re offering the s’mores on would-have-been state fair weekends, from Friday-Sunday and Oct. 23-25. (Cary)

Andia’s: The local homemade ice cream company is known for its unique and decadent creations, and that’s the case again with their state fair food-inspired menu at its two shops beginning Saturday. Try a funnel cake sundae, cinnamon sugar mini donuts topped with an ice cream flight, a pineapple Dole Whip milkshake or another inspired treat. (Cary)

If you’re hungry for the real deal, the NC State Fair organized a fair food pickup for 22 food vendors at the fairgrounds. 

See a full vendor list here
 with menu items, including fried candy bars, kettle corn and gator kabobs. Drive in Gate 9 off Trinity Road and bring cash in case your preferred vendor doesn’t accept cards. 

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Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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