Taste of Carolina Originals

Sponsored by Food Lion, visit our "Taste of Carolina Originals" sampling area to enjoy free all-day food samples.

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Food Lion

Food Lion is an American grocery store chain headquartered in Salisbury, North Carolina, that operates over 1000 supermarkets in 10 states of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, employing over 63,000 people. It was founded in 1957 as Food Town, a single grocery store in Salisbury.

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Cackalacky, Inc.

'Round here, we believe that most folks agree that Cackalacky® eats are always best enjoyed with friends and proper drink. And, in the case of Cheerwine®, we actually took this maxim *quite literally* by developing a sweet 'n savory "tomato based" dipping-grilling sauce & marinade that's actually made with the original Cheerwine® secret formula and our secret Cackalacky® spice blend. A "legendary handshake between lively Southern food and drink" if you will.

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Cook Out Restaurants

"Welcome to Cook Out. May I take your order, please?" It has been 28 years since these words were first spoken. Cook Out originated in 1989 in Greensboro, NC. We care about the quality of our food and service. Their menu includes grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and North Carolina barbecue.


Many of our festival vendors are also available online! Check out a variety of tasty offerings for everyone from Southern food lovers to picky eaters below. Vendors serving a Cheerwine-flavored specialty item are marked by a red cherry.

Cheerwine Speciality Item Beaver Food Service | fair food

Carolina Tea Company | slushies

Cherry On Top | desserts

Cheerwine Speciality Item Drizzle D's | fair food

Cheerwine Speciality Item Duck Donuts | donuts

Cheerwine Speciality Item Dumpling Girls | dumpling truck

El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina | tacos, nachos

Gripps Grills Catering Concessions | grilled food

Cheerwine Speciality Item Holy Cookie Dough | edible cookie dough

Homeslice Pizza | pizza

Cheerwine Speciality Item Hot Dog Shack | hot dogs, hamburbers

Cheerwine Speciality Item Island Noodles, NC | Island noodles, teryaki chicken

Jacob and Mabrey's Gourmet Cotton Candy | cotton candy

Cheerwine Speciality Item Kreyole Flavors Food Truck | cajun food

Cheerwine Speciality Item Lobster Dogs | seafood on a bun

Mambo on Ruedas | cuban

Mean Mug Coffee Company | coffee

Cheerwine Speciality Item Mr. Cone Icecream | ice cream

NC Ribs on Wheels, LLC | ribs, brisket, bbq

Cheerwine Speciality Item Pelican's SnoBalls | sno cones

Cheerwine Speciality Item Que Viva! Latin Street Grill, LLC | latin, columbian

Cheerwine Speciality Item Rascal Jack's Sandwich Shack | sandwiches

Roadway Dawg's & Grill | american

SnoBiz of Granite Quarry | sno cones

Cheerwine Speciality Item State Fair Foods | fair food

Cheerwine Speciality Item Sunset Slush of Lexington | italian ice

Cheerwine Speciality Item Teriyaki | asian

The Gnosh Pit | unique snack food

Cheerwine Speciality Item The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company | kettlecorn

Unique Treats | kettle corn

Cheerwine Speciality Item Vita Da Pizza | pizza

World Cuisine | unique eats

Cheerwine Speciality Item WOWZA BBQ | bbq

Cheerwine Speciality Item Yuadkin River Pork Skins | pork skins

Yummi Banh Mi Truck | banh mi

Zekos 2 Go, LLC | chicken, lamb, philly


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