Hot sauce-glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts, shrimp-and-grits eggrolls make their NC State Fair debuts

Lucky for us, the confines of culinary decency do not extend to the North Carolina State Fair. This is not food the way mom used to make it. This is a world of fry and smoke and bacon coated with breakfast cereal.

On Friday, state fair organizers unveiled the list of new foods added to this year’s smorgasbord — 20 new culinary creations making their debut.

The fair is Oct. 11-21 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

This year’s menu is downright fiendish, pushing the spectrum of sweet and savory into the realm of the unholy, but potentially delicious. There are hot-sauce glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts; bacon dipped in nacho cheese and rolled in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos; and a variety of hushpuppies, from chocolate chip to country ham and cheddar cheese.

Two of North Carolina’s most beloved foodstuffs, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Texas Pete hot sauce, will join in sweet and spicy matrimony at this year’s fair, courtesy of S2 Concessions.

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The NC State Fair is Oct. 11-21 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. For tickets and information, go to


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