There’s less than two weeks left till September and what normally would be signalling the start of the CNE in Toronto, is instead a much more low-key affair this year. The CNE at Home Virtual Fair runs August 21 to September 7, 2020. The Portal accessible online gives fans of the Summer favourite a chance to still enjoy the Exhibition’s most popular shows, favourite food recipes, tricks of the trade from buskers, historical retrospectives, new music performances and much more.
Funnyman Howie Mandel is even feeling the loss this year. Did you know one of his first gigs was on the Vegas Chicks ride?
Recipes/How-Tos to be shared include:
Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese by Bacon Nation
Bulgogi Taco by Far East Taco
Dim Sum Bao by Oriental Express
Granny Smith Apple Fries by Event Foods
Homemade Japanese Soufflé Pancake by FUWA FUWA Japanese Pancakes
Lobster Roll by Jake’s Seafood
Philthy Philly’s Cheese Steak Sandwich by Philthy Philly’s
Primo 99 cent Spaghetti by Primo Spaghetti 99
Rainbow Grilled Cheese by Mac & Cheesery
Spent Grains S’mores Funnel Cake by Liberty Commons – is this a tutoriavl? I thought it is only available at the restaurant
Some activities to be enjoyed are:
CNE Jam sessions online featuring Toronto bands and artists
Gaming Garage powered by AMD online tournaments with cash prizes and giveaways up for grabs (Aug. 21-23)
Rising Star Youth Competition and online voting
Virtual rides, ghost walks, and retrospective specials including a look back at the history of the CNE Grandstand (Bandshell), Best Of the Aerial Acrobatic & Ice Skating Shows, President’s Choice SuperDogs and much more
Special online events include a commemoration the 99th Annual Warriors’ Day Parade with a look back at its history (Sat. Aug. 22); and a virtual edition of the Canadian International Air Show (Sept. 5-7).
Visit TheEx.Com for more! There’s also a 50/50 with tons of lucrative prizing!
Signalling the end of Sumner for Toronto since 1879, the historic CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBITION returns from August 16 to September 2, 2019.
The Ex as it is known affectionately by Torontonians, brings 1.4 million people to the City and for the first time ever features a Comedy Festival. Diversity is at the forefront this year with a diverse roster of talent including dancing troupe ILL-Abilities slated to perform.
A lantern exhibit titled SILK ROAD COMES TO LIGHT inspired by fables from Marco Polo’s travels along the Silk Road, celebrates cultures as they were and are. You can even download an App: CNE Night 2019 to learn about the installations.
The affair is a haven for gaming geeks as well! The AMD Gaming Garage and nostalgic Pinball Alley provide tons of cutting edge and retro fun.
For those athlete’s out there, The Ex Race gives one winner a $10k prize, but these contestants must go through a grueling and demanding obstacle course first!
Some of the exciting food offerings at The Ex this year which we got to try. The ones with asterisks we loved:
•The Cheesecake Factory‘s General Custard*
•Fried Avocado from Bacon Nation*
•Flamin’ Cheetos Corndog*
•Red Licorice/Pink Lemonade Donuts and Timbits from Tim Hortons
•Rainbow Grilled Cheese from Pancho’s
•Maple Bacon Churros from Pancho’s
•Cotton Candy Tacos
•Spicy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bacon Burger from Bacon Nation
•Rainbow Funnel Cake
•Cherry Fried Cheese Curds from The King of Curds*
•Beyond Guac Burger*
•Strawberry Dream Waffle Stick from Fudge Puppy
•Pickle Pizza from R&J Concessions*
•Super Snacker (Eight Beaver Tails stacked)
•Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake Chimneys from Eva’s
•Oh Hungry Dessert Dog (Sweet Jesus)
Bandshell Park also will feature a new value food experience, UNDER $6 in the 6 including Jerk Chicken Skewers, Tacos and more!
Some visuals. Hover cursor right to navigate each gallery:
Now in its 134th year, the Canadian National Exhibition, known affectionately by Torontonians as The Ex for the 18 days leading up to and including Labour Day, promises novelty, guilty pleasures and an opportunity for Families and Friends to create memories together. I admit I’ve long outgrown my love for the rides at TheMidway and arrive later in the day to take advantage of the $5 Admission Charge after 5:00 PM, enjoying the benefits of less congestion. I am drawn by the festivity, the lights and all that over-the-top charm.
The highlight for me every year is visiting the Food Building, which essentially is one gigantic Food Court filled with every single variety of not-so-great-for-you, whether it be Tiny Tom’s Donuts, Beaver Tails (a fried Pastry topped with lemon, cinnamon and sugar), Homemade Fudge, Fish & Chips or $0.99 Pasta. The rage this year, The Cronut Burger, combines the Pastry Craze which has consumed New Yorkers, The Cronut (combination Croissant and Donut) with an all-time favourite in The Hamburger. The item is available exclusively at the Epic Burgers & Waffles Food Stand only.
Although I’ve been on an all-Vegetarian Diet since January, I decided to make one meat-eating exception to try this Novel Delicacy. Splitting it with my BFF Fran after already being decidedly full, the $10 investment came with mixed reactions. Fran found it “not bad”, while simply it wasn’t a Love Connection for me. For one, the Cronut itself lacked any resemblance to a Croissant, sans flakiness and it appeared to have been sitting out for a while – tough, if you will. A Maple-Bacon Drizzle was completely unnecessary and did little to complement the flavour other than to cash-in on the Bacon trend, giving the Burger a bit of added relevance. The Patty itself was smokey though – not bad. Surely, acclaimed New York City Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel would be fuming if he saw for himself what we were doing to his prized Creation north of the Border. Consumers of the Krispy Kreme Donut Burger at $9, seemed much more pleased with themselves.
If you have $10 in your pocket and want a sure-fire Hit, I’d say go for Far East Tacos, which took noted Korean-American Chef David Chang‘s concept of the milk-infused Steamed Bun (Bao), which can be enjoyed at his Momofuku Noodle Bar in Toronto, fusing it with Asian-inspired fillings like Breaded Fish Filets, Kalbi Ribs and more. Add a bit of cheese, lettuce, tomato, hot sauce and Kimchi (Pickled Cabbage) and what you have is a sensational delight. You get two for $10 and you have the option of enjoying it in Taco form also. We learned sadly that the Shop only will be available at The Ex with no immediate plans to launch into a Restaurant just yet.
Learn more about The Ex and start planning your visit right here!
UPDATE 8/21/13 9:00 AM EST: Thank you for everyone’s concern as I’ve received multiple messages asking if I’m well after News of this broke this morning. Multiple Outlets are reporting that at least 12 people fell ill last night after eating at The Ex and some are reporting that these Patrons consumed The Cronut Burger.