N.C. State Fair and Food: A Perfect Combination

Monday, October 21, 2019

It’s October, which means the N.C. State Fair is here! Creative chefs from all over the state will be introducing a variety of new food items for the cookery contests, and foodies and traditionalists will always find the usual fare, like turkey legs and roasted corn. But have you ever wondered how you can make these delightful dishes at home? Do you want to try some of the State Fair winning recipes from years past? Or are you looking for dishes to warm your family in the cooler weather? The Government and Heritage Library has a great selection of cookbooks to look through and check out. 

Award-Winning Recipes

Front cover of Winning RecipesThe North Carolina State Fair may end, but the Winning Recipes are still going strong. You can find amazing recipes for “Spicy Shrimp Pizza,” “Jalapeno Whoppers,” and “Sweet Potato Cheesecake,” just to name a few. The Library has blue-ribbon recipes available in print from 2010-2016. 






Historical Cookbooks

Front cover of Favorite RecipesDon’t want to leave the comfort of your home to find a recipe? Browse through vintage cookery in the digitized publication Favorite Recipes of North Carolina, circa 1950. Here you will find classic comfort foods like “Banana Bread,” “Pound Cake,” “Sweet Potato Pie,” and many other desserts to fill up your hungry family members. Interested in a soup to warm you on the chilly days? Take a stab at the “Bean Chowder” or the “Corn Bisque” recipes. A few meat dishes available include “Barbecued Chicken” and “Buttermilk Ham Soufflé.” The book also offers many cheese recipes like “Cheese Straws” and “Cheese Stuffed Green Peppers,” as well as an “Index to Cheeses.”





Not-So-Average Dishes

LFront cover of Game and Fish Recipes ooking for the not-so-average dishes to please the outdoorsmen (and women) in your life? Take a look at the Game and Fish Recipes: a Collection of Favorite Recipes from Employees, Friends and Family of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which offers recipes for venison, fish, and small fowl. Some of the appetizers include “Millie’s Crab Cakes” and “Fish Stew.” You can also find the bigger dishes to feed your hungry crowd, like “Venison Stroganoff,” “Squirrel Stew,” “DGs ‘Slap Yo Mama’ Fried Fish,” and “Grilled Quail.”

Whether you choose to search a print publication or connect to us from home, the Government and Heritage Library’s State Publications collection has a wide selection of recipes and cookbooks, which may just provide inspiration to cook some real North Carolina prize-winning cuisine for your family and friends.



Becky Forbes, Cataloging Librarian