The EX 2011

The Toronto Star Food Building. Image Source: The Ex.

Are you going to The Canadian National Exhibit (aka. the Ex or the CNE) this year? Well, you should!

Held at Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, ON), it is just a short subway and bus ride from Backpackers on Dundas. Opening on Friday, August 19, 2011, it runs for 18 days. Tickets are $16 general admission, $12 for seniors and children, and children four years and under are free. Alternatively, a Family Pass is available for $48 for two adults and two kids or one adult and three kids.

While there are plenty of attraction at this year’s EX, such as an Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show with Joannie Rochette, a skating spectacular choreographed to popular Broadway tunes, as well as other famous EX features such as rides, the midway, animal shows, casino and shopping, but I would still have to say that the food is the best part of it!

The main food building is the Toronto Star Food building, which is the central location for a “unique” food experience. There will be close to 100 vendors featuring food from around the world and chain fast food restaurants like Pizza Pizza, but if you are the CNE, you might want to try their ultra-deep-fried and sugary treats.

Last year, the newest and most talked about creation was the deep-fried butter balls, which are essentially butter (with a few secret ingredients) frozen, dipped into batter, deep-fried and drizzled with chocolate, caramel and raspberry sauce. It was surprisingly tasty, but definitely a once a year treat.

This year, there are even more fabulous treats or monstrosities depending on how you look at it.

The most talked about new arrival is the donut cheeseburger. This has already been seen at the Calgary Stampede and was a great success! It is essentially a beef burger, with two glazed Krispy Kreme donuts taking the place of the bread bun. Other fillings include cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, egg and bacon.

Deep fried Coke and bacon covered candy will also make their way around the CNE. If your food of choice is on a stick, there are plenty of options including classics like candy apples to new inventions such as such deep fried caramel, deep fried mac-and-cheese, deep fried peanut butter and jelly and deep fried candy bars.

With so many food creations,  you may want to pick your choices carefully to avoid cardiac arrest. Or just indulge yourself, after all, the CNE is only around once a year!

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