Southern Food Guide for Carowinds' State Line Celebration

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Foodie's Guide to State Line Celebration at Carowinds

Ashlyn Hunter |
April 8, 2022

Carowinds will showcase some of the best food, music, and fun from the Carolinas when it debuts the new State Line Celebration on Saturday, April 9. The limited-time event, which will run on select dates through Sunday, May 8, capitalizes on Carowinds unique distinction as the nation’s only amusement park straddling two states. State Line Celebration will feature the Carolinas’ best food in a Southern food festival, complete with live music and fun activities from around North Carolina and South Carolina.

The State Line Celebration is located on the state line, in the Celebration Plaza-area of Carowinds, near North Gate, and will have six Carolina tasting tents (three each for South Carolina and North Carolina) with tastings available for guests to enjoy on the State Line Farm Table.

 

South Carolina Tastes

Along both sides of the state line, guests will find their favorite Carolina tastes with a unique Carowinds twist. Guests cannot say no to these South Carolina favorites at State Line Celebration.

 

Palmetto Pride
  • Palmetto Smoky Sausage – sausage links with unmistakable, spicy smokiness.
  • Carolina Gold Pork BBQ Sliders – slow-smoked BBQ brushed with tangy gold, mustard‑based sauce from upstate South Carolina.
  • Huguenot Torte – a decadent, Charleston‑inspired pecan dessert with whipped topping.

 

Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Slider at Carowinds' State Line Celebration

 
Sandlapper Samples
  • Chicken Bog – a chicken, spicy chorizo and rice dish honoring the town of Loris.
  • Lowcountry Boil – a delicious throw-down of shrimp, smoked sausage, potatoes, and corn on the cobb.
  • Lady Baltimore Cake – a Charleston white cake with a fruit and nut filling, topped with fluffy icing.

 

Chicken Bog at Carowinds' State Line Celebration

 
Peachy Keen
  • Carolina Gold Rice – a savory mix of chicken and chow-chow served over grits and rice.
  • Carolina Slaw Dog – a juicy hot dog piled high with slaw, onions, and chili.
  • Peach Fritter – a fried, peach fritter drizzled with crème anglaise, celebrating South Carolina’s state fruit.

 

Pecan Fritters from Carowinds' State Line Festival

 

North Carolina Tastes

Come and get these North Carolina delicacies, with a unique Carowinds twist, at State Line Celebration. The three tasting tents in North Carolina each feature samples of dishes known for their local origins.

Tar Heel Tastes
  • Fried Green Tomatoes – tomatoes are breaded, deep-fried, and served with remoulade.
  • Carolina Burnt End Sliders –smoked brisket burnt ends tossed in Carolina BBQ sauce.
  • Carolina Tangy Pulled Pork Sliders – smoked pork shoulder, topped with tangy Carolina BBQ sauce.

 

Fried Green Tomatoes & Pimento Cheese from Carowinds' State Line Celebration

 
Gettin’ Saucy
  • Smoked Chicken Quarter – a quarter chicken is served with red slaw and your choice of sauce. The western North Carolina sauce is vinegar-based with pepper, while the eastern North Carolina sauce is tomato-based, thick and sweet.
  • Lexington-Style Ribs – ribs are served with red slaw and your choice of sauce. The western North Carolina sauce is vinegar-based with pepper, while the eastern North Carolina sauce is tomato-based, thick and sweet.
  • Fried Pickles – crispy, deep-fried pickle fries served with spicy aioli.

 

Lexington Style Ribs from Carowinds' State Line Celebration

 
Outer Banks Bites
  • Fried Catfish – served with a lemon wedge, tartar sauce and spicy cocktail sauce.
  • Fried Shrimp – served with a lemon wedge, tartar sauce and spicy cocktail sauce.
  • Sonker – a free-form blueberry cobbler with puffy, dough crust that is topped with decadent whipped cream.

 

Fried Shrimp at Carowinds' State Line Celebration

 

Carowinds has partnered with breweries and wineries from around the Carolinas, and State Line Celebration will feature craft beer from more than 20 breweries. Pair tastes with Carolina-made craft brews, wines and, of course, sweet tea.

 

South Carolina Brews and Wine

Local Brews
  • Amor Artis Brewing – Cruisin’ Down the Street in My ’64 IPA, and Fort Milsner
  • Birds Fly South – Fat Ma Pilsner, Nights Like These Irish Dry Stout
  • Edmunds Oat Brewing Company – Something Cold Blonde, and Sour Seasonal
  • Model A Brewing Company – Tega Haze New England IPA
  • River Rat Brewery – 803 IPA
  • Slow Play Brewing – Seasonal
  • Steel Hands Brewing – Raspberry Lemonade Wheat
  • Thomas Creek – Appalachian Amber Ale

 

Local Wine
  • City Scape Winery – Blackberry Merlot, Pomegranate Pinot Noir, and Pineapple Rising

 

North Carolina Brews and Wine

Local Brews
  • Catawba Brewing Company – White Zombie
  • D9 Brewing Company – Brown Sugar Brown Cow Brown Ale, and Hakuna Matata Tropical IPA
  • Foothills Brewing – Peoples Porter
  • Green Man Brewery – Trickster IPA
  • The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery – Copper Altbier
  • Lonerider – Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen
  • Sugar Creek Brewing Company – Big Oh! Blood Orange IPA
  • Sycamore Brewing – Mountain Candy, Southern Girl Blonde, and Sun Grown Lager
  • Unknown Brewery – Pregame Pilsner

 

Local Wine
  • Duplin Winery – Blueberry Cotton Candy, White Sangria
  • Rock of Ages Winery – Cork and Pork

 

Craft beer at Carowinds' State Line Celebration

 

Get the Best Value with a Tasting Card

Individual tastes are available for purchase at each tent, but a State Line Celebration Tasting Card offers the best value with up to twenty-nine percent savings on each taste. Tasting Cards are available with six-taste or nine-taste options.

Gold Season Passes are available and include unlimited visits, free season-long parking, unlimited visits for Carolina Harbor Waterpark, admission into seasonal events like State Line Celebration, discounts on meals and merchandise, and Bring-A-Friend discount offers.