Taste of Carolina Originals

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

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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.

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Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts

Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts have been a staple in the South for generations. Whether you’re reminiscing about a roadside stand stop on the way to the beach or picking up a few hot scoops from the local convenience store, this snack has been delighting people for years.

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Pops Pickle Stand LLC

In our travels we came across some of the best pickles with unique flavors and varieties. Knowing that we could only get our favorite pickles a few times of year made us sad. We were also sad that our friends and family couldn't enjoy these delicious treats. So we set out on a quest to source the very best pickles on the east coast. From sweet to spicy we bring them in cold and fresh and deliver them to markets and festivals in North & South Carolina.

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Gardener Bob

I love gardening, cooking and experimenting in the Kitchen. Looking to grow and see where this goes.

Food

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.


Beaver Food Service | fair food

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: funnel cake and topping

Cain's Corndogs | corndogs

Located on West Innes Street, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Carolina Tea Company | slushies

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: Slushie, Accepts Downtown Dollars

DonutNV | mini donuts

Located on West Innes Street, Cheerwine Item: mini donuts

Dumpling Girls | dumplings

Located on South Main Street, Accepts Downtown Dollars

El Patron Mexican Grill and Cantina | tacos, nachos

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: tacos, nachos, quesadillas

Holy Cookie Dough, LLC | homemade cookie dough

Located on North Main Street, Cheerwine Item: cookie dough, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Hot Dog Shack | hot dogs, hamburgers

Located on South Main Street

Island Noodles, NC | island noodles, teryaki chicken

Located on West Innes Street, Cheerwine Item: fudge, smoothie

Jacob and Mabrey's Gourmet Cotton Candy | cotton candy

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: cotton candy, popcorn, glazed nuts, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Kreyol Flavors Food Truck | Kreyol food

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: frozen lemonade, cake pop, lemonade spritzer, fudge

Lobster Dogs Food Truck | seafood rolls

Located on South Main Street, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Mambo on Ruedas | Cuban

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: cheesecake empanadas, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Mean Mug Coffee Company | coffee

Located on North Main Street, Cheerwine Item: frappe, latte

Mom Boss Baker | desserts

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: cake bowl, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Mr. Cone Icecream | ice cream

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: softserve, Accepts Downtown Dollars

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

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: infused ribs

O'Shields Concessions | fair food savory

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: chicken wings, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Pelicans SnoBalls | sno cones

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: snoball, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Que Viva! Latin Street Grill | Latin/Cuban

Located on West Innes Street, Cheerwine Item: alfajores, Accepts Downtown Dollars

SnoBiz of Granite Quarry | sno cones

Located on North Main Street, Cheerwine Item: sno cream, Accepts Downtown Dollars

State Fair Foods | polish sausage, corn dogs, philly's, deep fried meatballs

Located on South Main Street, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Stick-it-2-You | meat on a stick

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: mini bundt cake, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Sunset Slush of Lexington | Italian ice

Located on North Main Street, Cheerwine Item: Italian ice, koozie, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Teriyaki | BBQ on a stick, teriyaki on a stick

Located on West Innes Street

The Nutty Couple | glazed nuts

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: cheernuts, Accepts Downtown Dollars

The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company | kettlecorn

Located on North Main Street, Cheerwine Item: kettlecorn, Accepts Downtown Dollars

The Smoke Pit | BBQ

Located on West Innes Street

The Sweet Box Charlotte, LLC | cupcakes, cinnamon rolls

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: cupcake, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Unique Treats | kettle corn

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: kettle corn, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Vita Da Pizza | wood fired pizza

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: canoli, BBQ pizza, Accepts Downtown Dollars

What-A-Burger #13 mobile | burgers, tenders, hotdogs

Located on West Innes Street

World's Greatest Funnel Cakes | funnel cakes

Located on West Innes Street, Cheerwine Item: funnel cake and drizzle

WOWZA BBQ | BBQ

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: BBQ sauce, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Yadkin River Pork Skins | pork skins, slushies

Located on North Main Street, Cheerwine Item: pork skins, slushies

Zekos 2 Go, LLC | lamg, philly, chicken soulvaki, burger

Located on West Innes Street, Accepts Downtown Dollars

Zuluia Bakery | dip, rolls, cinnamon rolls

Located on South Main Street, Cheerwine Item: bacon stuffed bread

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Awards


SFEA Award

Centralina Award

2020 NCRPA Award

NCFEA Award

NC Main Street Award