The Canadian National Exhibition (a.k.a. The CNE or The Ex) comes to Toronto for the last 3 weeks of August every year. Basically it’s a giant fair (it's also a signal that summer is coming to an end…and although this is a sad thought, it also means that I am all that much closer to Starbucks bringing back their Pumpkin Spiced Lattes!).
I’ve been going every year since before I can remember. The CNE has everything from carnival rides to farm animals, a world bazaar where you can buy goods from Russia to Brazil and even a building (stadium) reserved for horse shows (where I saw the most adorable miniature horse show this year…). It also features an entire warehouse-sized building completely devoted to food, where culinary experiences from deep fried butter to vegan delicacies (and everything in between) is available.
This is one of a handful of days in the year where the ‘everything in moderation’ policy I try to follow when it comes to food is thrown (like a quarterback) out the window - and I go in search of all things wacky and deep fried.
The variety of food this year at The Ex did not disappoint. I thought I might share some of the food adventures that I had…..(I will try to do them justice - but really words can’t describe how awesome they were….!)
This one still makes me laugh. (in the ‘ahaha….i can’t believe someone thought of this, and that I ate it’ way).
The red velvet pancakes were amazing (I’m totally making these at home one day).
The pulled pork was sweeter (almost like maple syrup) then what I am used to – I think that is how these two actually went well together (don’t laugh…it really was pretty good!).