High-flying rides and deep-fried pies—the 155th annual N.C. State Fair returns to Raleigh, Oct. 12-22!

The N.C. State Fair announced more than 50 new sweets, treats and over-the-top concoctions for foodies to look forward to in 2023. Hot foods, messy foods, loaded-to-the-max foods, foods we had no idea could actually go together—you'll find them all! We've listed 20 of our favorite new options below to help get your fair food game plan started. 
 

Hot Chicken Smash, Dirty Mac, Hot Mac, Dirty Nachos

from Another Food Truck

Another Food Truck N.C. State Fair

 

Little Locas Empanadas 

from Arepa Loca

Arepa Loca N.C. State Fair Food

 

Everything is Better with Tequilla Margarita Cupcake

from Boozie Bakes

Fair Food 2023

 

Bacon Mac & Cheese Sundae

from Bubba's Bacon

Bubba's Bacon N.C. State Fair Food

 

Deep Fried Cinnamon Apple Bread Pudding Bites

from Chef's D'Lites

Chef's D'Lites N.C. State Fair Food

 

Politician Fries

from Chesters Gators and Taters

Fair Food 2023

 

Ostrich Smashburger

from Chick-N-Que

Chick-N-Que N.C. State Fair

 

Briset & Waffles On a Stick

from Fatboys BBQ

Fatboys BBQ N.C. State Fair Food

 

Dill Pickle Donut

from Fluffy's Hand-Cut Donuts

Fluffy's Hand Cut Donuts N.C. State Fair

 

Snow Cheddar Chicken

from Golden K Dog

Golden K Dog N.C. State Fair Food

 

Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Danish

from La Farm Bakery

La Farm Bakery N.C. State Fair Food

 

Deep Fried Ribs

from Lawrence & Perry BBQ

Lawrence & Perry BBQ N.C. State Fair Food

 

Vanilla Ice Cream Chimney Cake

from Magladena's Chimney Cakes

Magdalena's Chimney Cakes

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Slush

from Moose Joose Slush

Moose Joose Slush N.C. State Fair Food

 

Cherry Beef Bliss

from Neomonde Mediterranean

Neomonde N.C. State Fair Food

 

Fried Caramel Apple Cow Tail

from Pioneer Wagon

Fair Food 2023

 

Cajun-Style Andouille Sausage Corn with Mardi Gras Mustard Dip

from Ragin' Cajun

Ragin' Cajun N.C. State Fair Food

 

Street Corn Pizza

from Rudy's Pizza

Rudy's Pizza N.C. State Fair Food

 

Deep Fried Dill Pickle Cheese Curds

from The Cheese Curd Shack

Cheese Curd Shack N.C. State Fair Food

 

Oreo Brownie Blast

from Waffle Chix

Waffle Chix N.C. State Fair Food

 

And that's not all! See the fully revealed list of new goodies and over-the-top concoctions, including a map of where to find each item, here!

 

More upcoming events to plan around in Raleigh, N.C.

  • Triangle Oktoberfest, Oct. 6-7
  • Falling for Local at Dorothea Dix Park, Oct. 7
  • North Carolina Theatre presents Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Oct. 10-15
  • Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa (opening night!), Oct. 11
  • Carolina Ballet presents Frankenstein, Oct. 13-30
  • SAS ChampionshipOct. 13-15
  • Hum Sub Diwali, Oct. 14
  • Oktrophyfest, Oct. 14
  • Day of the Dead 5k, Oct. 28
  • Cloudstoberfest, Oct. 28
  • HollyFest, Oct. 28
  • North Carolina Wine Festival, Oct. 28
  • North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, opens Nov. 17
  • 79th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade, Nov. 18
  • 28th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration, Nov. 18
  • The RINK at Red Hat Amphitheater, opens Nov. 18


Header photo by Justin Kase Conder; other photos provided by the N.C. State Fair

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