Just-for-the-Fair Food Truck is one of the food trucks you’ll find at the NC State Fair this year. This food truck is the brain child of American Culinary Federation North Carolina Chapter (ACF of NC). The ACFofNC Just-for-the-Fair Food Truck is run by numerous chef volunteers and students during the fair and a significant amount of the proceeds will go towards a scholarship program to help inspiring chefs to succeed. They developed a menu just for the State Fair based on local favorites. Here is a sample of the Just-for-the-Fair Menu:
BBQ Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Hush Puppy, batter fried and served
w/Still There Shine BBQ Sauce
Cajun Seared Catfish PoBoy with Creamy Cole Slaw and Remoulade Sauce
Carolina Breaded Chicken Tenders with Sweet Potato Fries and Siracha Ranch Sauce
Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
Le Bleu Bottled Water
Still There Shine Sauce
The bright yellow Just-for-the-Fair food truck caught our eye when we came out of the Scott Building and we went over to check it out. We were greeted by two very enthusiastic chef volunteers, Chris and Jeff. They were happy to share the concept of the ACF of NC project. But first they wanted us to meet the other volunteers, Ed, Karl and LJ, working on the truck this night. To our surprise Ed was our friend, Ed Sautro, owner of Amigosan who was donating the use of the Amigosan truck for the fair. While Jeff was taking orders and Karl and LJ were busy cooking them, Chris and Ed gave us the details of the project from the menu selection to the scholarship program. We ended our night at the Fair with a great meal of the BBQ Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Hush Puppies and Cajun Seared Catfish PoBoy with some Sweet Potato fries.
The ACF of NC Just-for-the-Fair Food Truck is located between the Midway and the Scott Building, along the easternmost side of the Fair, near Gate 11. Please stop by and enjoy some locally inspired food. S. Belle.
On Friday night, Belle and Bad Boy took the opportunity to visit the NC State Fair. It had been five years since Belle first introduced me to this annual event. Unsuspectingly, this year’s visit brought back memories of my childhood. Growing up in an isolated community, a small island some 30 miles north of Key West, Florida, I was seldom exposed to outside influences. With no television, and only spotty radio coverage, the small Monroe County Fair was one of the few opportunities for exposure to the outside world that I was certain would disclose itself to me someday. Our visits to the fair were often anticipated for months before the event. My small group of friends and I would discuss the previous year’s event, and wondered what up-coming exhibits, rides and people would delight and intrigue us.
After reaching young adulthood, and having traveled much throughout the Western Hemisphere, I no longer felt that the small county fair had anything to offer other than an amusing diversion. Looking back, however, I am certain its presence played a vital role in connecting me with the outside world and all its wonders. Were my annual visits to this small, quaint county fair during my impressionable years responsible for the person I became later? Perhaps. What is significant is the fact my most recent visit made me question my youthful inspiration to travel and explore other cultures.
The NC State Fair is vastly more inspirational than the small county event of my childhood. It isn’t fair to compare the two events, except to say both events can serve as inspiration for young developing minds and imagination…but enough about nostalgia! The NC State Fair combines all the traditional elements; exhibits, rides, games, music and food, just to mention a few, with a festival backdrop to enjoy them all at once. Belle and I started our visit with a red velvet funnel cake, a traditional “fair food”, and then began our walk-about to take in all the State Fair had to offer. In the exhibit halls we saw the award winning watermelon and pumpkin, along with prized livestock and 4-H exhibits. To make sure we didn’t miss all the NC State Fair had to offer, Belle and I strolled through the Midway with its bright lights, barker’s and rides before leaving. This festival atmosphere continues for an exhausting 10 days, giving everyone in the state an opportunity to participate. It will close on Sunday night, October 26th.
I encourage everyone to take time out of their busy schedule to reunite with their youth, or take your children/grandchildren and perhaps help them to start a lifelong tradition, while becoming inspired through societal contact with something other than a device. Stay inspired my friends! Bad Boy.