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There is only one place on earth where you can create a heart-stopping Frankenstein sandwich with a Philly Cheesesteak and German Schnitzel, then follow it up with some Indian Chana Batura. All hail the CNE! This year it runs between Aug. 21 and Sept. 7. There’s the requisite rickety rides, carni folk and a casino, but let’s be honest; a visit to the Canadian National Exhibition (aka The Ex) is really about how much crap you can cram down your throat. Last year we headed straight to the Food Building and basically ate our way around the world.

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There’s plenty of food-related events going on at the Ex this year, including cooking demonstrations, food sampling and a mini ribfest on the weekends. The best thing to do is start faking a stomach ache now, leave work and head straight over, because admission is only $1.75 on opening day (Aug. 21) in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the City of Toronto. All other days are $15 for general admission ($5 after 5 pm on certain weeknights) and $48 for the Fun Pass which includes unlimited Midway rides. Speaking of the Midway, be sure to enjoy the outdoor concessions, especially the Tiny Tom Donuts and Ice Cream Waffles.

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Word to the wise, if you’re gonna eat your way through The Ex, avoid a whirl on the Polar Express to prevent an upchuck or two. Best to stick the less intestine-jiggly activities. May we suggest a rousing game of Whack-a-mole!

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Before my visit this year, I’ll be brushing up on my whacking skills with the training game here.

I’m making my annual pilgrimage to The Ex soon, so stay tuned for this year’s food round-up!

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