Day 15: Decorated Cakes

December 24, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

15. State Fair Street Team: Calling all bakers, cake decorators, and pastry chefs–come see the 2012 NC State Fair Cake Decorating entries! (2012)

 This is a guest blog post from our State Fair Street Team. You can follow Helen, Annie and Ali’s adventures at the 2012 N.C. State Fair on their blog, Heart of a Southern Woman.

Yesterday at the Fair could not have been better, unless you, my family and friends, could all have been there with me!   A family reunion at the Fair! Now that would be cool!   Today is going to be another brilliantly sunshiny day, high of 74 degrees, and boundless blue skies! It promises to be the kind of day that screams “Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina, in the morning!”

Just in case you aren’t on Facebook, I thought I’d show you the caricature we had done at the Fair yesterday! What do you think?!

The artist is one Nick Tabron, a talented, and kind hearted man! He is a native North Carolinian and actually lives near us in Southern Franklin County! We met his wife Rhonda also who was there lending a helping hand to the artist! I want to get a caricature done of my grandchildren, Nick is located outside Dorton Arena, north entrance.

      Annie, who is the baker of our little group, had to see the decorated cakes immediately!  I thought you might enjoy seeing them also.  When you are at the Fair, they are displayed in the education building, along with the quilts, and handmade dresses that are only awesome!

    The cakes are truly amazing! I cannot imagine being able to make these things…out of cake! Good Gracious! Talented people, our neighbors!

This is not a cake, in case you wondered! This dress, with layers and layers of ruffles, is reminisient of Gone With The Wind days! The picture does not do it justice, you have to go see it for yourself, in the education building!

I’m on my way to the Fair right now, Friday morning, October 12, 2012.  I’d love to see you there as well, if you get there tweet us  @mamakat07 and let us know where we can find you!  Have a great day!

Day 14: Deep Fried Kool-Aid and Deep Fried Bubble Gum

December 23, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

14. Deep Fried Ambassador: Kool-Aid & bubble gum preview (2011)

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Amy. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from The Practical Cook blog throughout the Fair.


The Practical Cook Blog header

Gentle Readers, good news, The Practical Cook is not under a Deep Fried Embargo: she can tell you what is frying at the 2011 N.C. State Fair! Prepare to return to the days of Saturday morning cartoons (at least for me), it’s Deep-Fried Kool-Aid and Bubble Gum, with a side of Lemon Sticks. Wow, let’s get started, shall we?

Yeah, I think there are tickets available.
Yeah, I think there are tickets available.

First came the update on what’s new at the fair. Good news, more family-focused rides, and more rides in general. Perfect stops between snacks or more opportunities to lose your fried, depending on your level of tolerance.

Deep Fried Warmup with Murphy House Fried Chicken (and salad!): Awesome!!
Deep Fried Warmup with Murphy House Fried Chicken (and salad!): Awesome!!

Second we learned that there are more entries in almost every category. That’s basically more fair for your buck, think about it. Just good basic math at work there. So you’ll need a plan of attack, and possibly a buddy system. For the plan, download the N.C. State Fair App (called the Food & Fun Finder, yes please).

Look what's frying at the N.C. State Fair!
Look what’s frying at the N.C. State Fair!

And now, here’s The Practical Cook, your Deep Fried Ambassador, with a special video sneak peek at the Fried:


Day 13: Fried Food

December 22, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

13. Deep Fried Ambassador: Fried Food Edition (2010)

This is a guest blogger post by our Official Deep Fried Ambassador, Ashlee. We’ll be reposting her State Fair adventures from her Miss Ashlee blog throughout the Fair.

Fried Food Update

So tasty…
so good…
I love fair food!
But you know what??
I’ve been kind of taking it easy…
I’ve only had (and that’s often with sharing)
a turkey leg & corn dog

an ostrich burger

deep fried cookie dough

deep fried pickles & deep fried tomatoes

an apple (really who does that?)

deep fried pumpkin pie

French Fried Friend with the Deep Fried Pumpkin Pie before we dig in!
You can find this fabulous fried treat on the east side of Dorton Arena at a
place called “Gobblin’ Gourmet”. This is also where you find gourmet
funnel cakes! Oh… and how did we find this out?? Using the app of course!!

a Kool-aid pickle

and some honey sticks (clover’s my favorite!)

I’m feeling fine, but who wants a Deep Fried Ambassador that watches her figure!?!?!
But the honest truth is that I just don’t know if I have enough guts to try the Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger! I watched Bearded Lady do it and was all sorts of impressed, but I just don’t know if I can handle it!
So… I’m leaving my fate up to the Facebook Fans of the NC State Fair!
If this post gets 100 ‘likes’ by Friday night,
I’ll do it!
Ugh.
I’ll do it!

Day 12: Reptile on a Stick

December 21, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

12. Deep Fried Ambassador update: Reptile on a stick (2009)

(This is part 4 of the “Whole Lotta Loony” series chronicling the adventures of your Deep-Fried Ambassador and Deputy Deep-Fried at the North Carolina State Fair.)

Is it possible that all state fair food could be described as weird?  I mean, most of it is stuff we don’t normally eat in our daily lives, except for that one magical week of the year when diets and scales go out the window.

But I think some fair food is stranger than others. Like side meat. What exactly is that? Guess I’m not southern enough. Also ostrich. I hope I don’t offend anyone, especially not a farmer, but I don’t think I’ll ever taste ostrich.

For my deep-fried challenge with the Deputy, though, I had to bite the bullet (or the strange meat on a stick, as it turns out) and try a new, weird food at this year’s fair.

Our dish of choice? Alligator tail.

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it was delicious with a capital D. For real.

It tasted like a cross between chicken and pork chop. A little tough. Good thing it came on a stick. Easier to eat that way. And it was coated in a spicy batter and fried to perfection. The dipping sauce had a kick, too. Yum.

We also sampled Woody’s deep-fried buffalo chicken rangoons. Double-yum. And ended the night with a deep-fried Reese’s cup. And maybe some mini-donuts. But, who’s counting?

Up next: Rock and the not-so-haunted house.

Day 11: Joe’s Big Dogs

December 20, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

11. New food: Joe’s Big Dogs (2010)

There are hot dogs, and then there’s Joe’s Big Dogs. The silver diner car located between the Jim Graham Building and Dorton Arena has been a surprising sight for many people walking into the Fair from Gate 2. That’s because Joe Bushfan, owner of Joe’s Big Dogs, is selling some really big hot dogs.  You can get Joe’s all-beef hot dog in three sizes: quarter pound, half pound and yes, even a 1-pound hot dog.

Blue Ribbon, Firecracker and I decided it was best to tackle the massive 1-pound hot dog together. We spent some time talking to Joe about his new Fair food and sampling the 1-pounder with mustard, ketchup, onions and chili. Here’s our review:

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The one pound hot dog is just $12, includes all the toppings you could want and is a full meal for a family to share. You can find Joe’s Big Dogs and other food vendors at the Fair using our food finder or by downloading the new N.C. State Fair app to your iPhone or Android devices.

Day 10: Kimmy’s Cupcakes

December 19, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

10: Food review: Kimmy’s Cupcakes (2011)

While the fair may be famous for its deep-fried creations, the baked treats at Kimmy’s Cupcakes in Kiddieland are a must-have for any fairgoer with even the smallest sweet tooth. Based out of Minnesota, Kimmy’s Cupcakes has been a hit at fairs around the country and is making its debut this year at the N.C. State Fair. To see what all the buzz was about, Baby Goat and I tried a couple of cupcakes and wrote a review. Check out the video below to see what we thought.

The best thing about Kimmy’s Cupcakes is how fresh they taste. Each and every cupcake is baked fresh daily, and each is decorated with icing made in-house. The Kimmy’s Cupcakes stand at this year’s fair is located in Kiddieland near gate 11 and the Cultivate a Career tent.

You can find out about all the fair has to offer using the Food & Fun Finder on our website or by downloading the 2011 N.C. State Fair app for your smartphone.

Day 9: French Fry’s Food Finds

December 18, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

9: French Fry’s Food Finds (2011)

Each year, French Fry creates a list of foods to eat during the fair. We’ll check with her every few days and give you an update on the list. Any of these items make it to your favorites list?

Day 8: Chocolate Covered Bacon and Deep-Fried Ho-Hos

December 17, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

8. Deep-fried Ho-Hos and chocolate-covered bacon (2009)

This morning we had our pre-Fair media lunch, and man, was it tasty. The Murphy House, which brought us deep-fried pecan pie and deep-fried mac’n'cheese last year, never fails to wow us with its deep-fried creativity.

This year was no different. We were able to sample chocolate-covered bacon (fittingly called “pig lickers”) and — brace yourself — deep-fried Ho-Hos. In the name of work research, the Bearded Lady, Firecracker and I took them for a test run. Check out the video below for our reactions.

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You’ll be able to find the deep-fried Ho-Hos at the Murphy House’s location near the Grandstand Building, and the chocolate covered bacon will be sold at the Kerr Scott Building concession stand and the concession stand inside the Commerical and Education Building.

Day 7: Candy Corn

December 16, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

7. Candy Corn

Editor’s Note: This never became a blog post, but we couldn’t help posting this video of Firecracker sampling candy corn in 2011.

Day 6: Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples

December 15, 2012 By: Bearded Lady Category: Uncategorized

Over the past four years, we’ve had the chance to sample some of the latest, greatest and strangest fair food to come to the N.C. State Fair. In the spirit of year-end lists, we thought we would look back at 15 of our favorite food-related posts from the past four years. Each day between now and Christmas, we’ll post a different food review from our archives.

6. Sampling Miss Debbie’s specialty apples (2009)

Miss Debbie from Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples was nice enough to let us sample some of her newest creations, the Pig Candy Apple, the Honkin’ Hog Apple and the Caramel Pecan Pie. You can taste these apples for yourself in the Commercial Building near Gate 11.

Here’s the details on the apples we sample in the video below:

  • Pig Candy Apple: Granny Smith Apple covered in caramel and dipped in white chocolate and covered in bacon and topped off with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  • Honkin’ Hog Apple: Same as the Pig Candy Apple, but with dark cholocate instead of white. (And yes, those ARE miniature plastic pigs on top of the Honkin’ Hog and Pig Candy apples. And no, you can’t eat them.)
  • Caramel Pecan Pie: Granny Smith apple covered in caramel then rolled in fresh pecans and then it is dipped in our homemade praline fudge.

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