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)
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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