Chock full of Got to Be NC producers, it’s everything you’ve come to know and love about the traditional tented space outside of the Scott Building…but on a *massive* scale! From local products to farmer spotlights, a cooking demonstration stage to pop-up competitions, the Got to Be NC Pavilion’s going to be a highlight of your visit to the Fair. Not only can you learn how North Carolina’s agricultural diversity impacts your life every day, but you can also taste and purchase products developed by your neighbors right here in North Carolina.


Open daily from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., except on Thursday, Oct. 13 when the exhibit will open at 12 p.m.


October 13-18, 2022 October 19-23, 2022 October 13-23, 2022
Ashanti Styles LLC 1Eatz

Bobbees Bottling

Ford's Foods LLC 1in6Snacks Bob's Smokin' Southern BBQ LLC
iLéWA Foods Bailey Bee Supply LLC Carolina Crispy Fry
KimBees Behind the Stick Provision LLC Carolina Pickle Company, Inc.
King of Foods, Inc. Billy Bubs BBQ Sauces and Dry Rubs Coddle Creek Farms
Le Bleu Corporation Boozie Bakes Country Squire Winery
Mackeys Ferry Peanuts & Gifts Cheerwine East Coast Firewood LLC
Ms. Mickey's Creole Seasonings Daddy Bob's Barbeque Hawaiian Dave's Island Treats LLC
RJ's Sauces Jabba Creations Hinnant Family Vineyards
Sarges LLC King's Peppers JOY Filled Foods
Savvy Oak Candle Company Nonni Schiavone Foods Kitoko Bites LLC
Tonya’s Cookies Pluto's Inc. Lizzee's Apple LLC
  Roland's Rub LLC Irene's Peanut Brittle
  Tidewater Grain Co. Miss Frans Cookie Company
  Turmeric Zone North Carolina Fudge LLC
    Rock of Ages Winery & Vineyard, Inc.
    Romesburg Family Farm
    Sleepy Bee Worx LLC
    Spicer Sauces
    Zulia Bakery

2022 Got to Be NC Cooking Stage at the N.C. State Fair inside Dorton Arena



 You are invited to join in all the fun as food and travel writer and local food lover, Heidi Billotto of and Got to Be NC's own Chef Chad Blackwelder, host the Got to Be NC Cooking Stage inside Dorton Arena at the NC State Fair, October 13-23, 2022.


Fairgoers will enjoy three chef-driven cooking demonstrations each day of the fair as the watch the preparation of new recipes featuring local product, produce and proteins at each demo. Seating is available, and fairgoers can expect giveaways, trivia contests and a chance to go up onstage to eat with our featured chefs onstage.


Chefs from across the state, from the mountains to the coast, will share recipes and show you how to cook, eat and drink with locally sourced North Carolina ingredients.


At each demo, four lucky people from the crowd will get to join host Heidi Billotto and NC Department of Agriculture's Chad Blackwelder onstage to sit at the best seat in the house. Our Chefs’ Table participants will enjoy a ringside view of all the action, get photos taken with each presenting chefs and enjoy plated portions of each of the dishes created during each individual demo. There will be chefs’ table gift bags as well.


Cooking demos will run 45 mins to an hour. Recipes will be available online. Here's the lineup:


Thursday, October 13 

  • 3:00 pm - Chef Ricky Moore of SaltBox Seafood in Durham 
  • 5:00 pm – Eat and Drink Locally with Heidi Billotto, food, and travel writer   of in Charlotte


Friday, October 14    Cooking with NC Sweet Potatoes                         

  • 1:00 pm - Chef Winde Jackson-Davis of Winde Jackson Cakes in Rocky Mount, NC
  • 3:00 pm - Chef Tie Whitaker of Buttermilk Boutique in Clayton, NC 
  • 5:00 pm - Chef Steven Goff of Tastee Diner in Asheville, NC 


Saturday, October 15   

  • 1:00 pm – Got to Be NC Surf and Turf with Chef Jamie Davis of The Hackney in Washington, NC                            
  • 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - Cocktails, Mocktails and Charcuterie with Mixologist David Bowen of The Ginger Fox in Winston-Salem, NC 


Sunday, October 16   

  • 1:00 pm - Cooking with NC Seafood                           
  • 3:00 pm - Chef Keith Rhodes of Catch Restaurant in Wilmington, NC                            
  • 5:00 pm - Cooking with NC Seafood  


Monday, October 17   

  • 1:00 pm - Chef Oscar Johnson of Jimmy Pearls in Charlotte, NC                              
  • 3:00 pm - Chef Malik Williams of Tap in 1918 in Rocky Mount, NC                             
  • 5:00 pm - Cooking with Shipley Beef from Vilas, NC


Tuesday, October 18 - Cooking with NC Eggs                           

  • 1:00 pm - Regina Triché, the Waffle Lady from The Hampton Inn in Jacksonville, NC                             
  • 3:00 pm - Chef Kevin Ruiz from Bendito in Raleigh, NC                             
  • 5:00 pm - Regina Triché, the Waffle Lady from The Hampton Inn in Jacksonville, NC


Wednesday, October 19

  • 1:00 pm - Chuck Hall from Tidewater Grain Co. and Randy Lewis from Ran Lew Dairy                       
  • 3:00 pm - NC Seafood with Captain John Malette from Southern Breeze Seafood in
    Jacksonville, NC                       
  • 5:00 pm – Sauce it up with Got to Be NC's Chef Chad Blackwelder and TonTon Sauces from Raleigh, NC


Thursday, October 20    

  • 1:00 pm - Cooking with NC Eggs and 1Eatz from Raleigh, NC                                
  • 3:00 pm - Chef Adé Carrena of Iléwa West African Foods from Raleigh, NC                                
  • 5:00 pm - Celebrity Chef Kitty Kinnin of Sound Palate podcast and 96.1 BBB Radio


Friday, October 21      

  • 1:00 pm - Chef Adé Carrena of Iléwa West African Foods in Raleigh, NC                                  
  • 3:00 pm - Eating Locally with Chef Chris Bugher of AB Tech in Asheville, NC                                  
  • 5:00 pm - Eating Locally with Chef Chris Bugher of AB Tech in Asheville, NC


Saturday, October 22   

  • 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - NC Local Farm to Table Dinners from Chef Steven Hertz of AB Tech Culinary School in Asheville, NC 


Sunday, October 23  

  • 1:00 pm - Chef Amanda Ezzell of Ezzells Catering from Warsaw, NC                               
  • 3:00 pm - Seasonal Sweets with Pastry Chef Savanna Broder of The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Charlotte, NC               
  • 5:00 pm - Seasonal Sweets with Pastry Chef Savanna Broder of The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Charlotte, NC