Though the CNE marks the end of summer each year, it is definitely an event we look forward to each year, bringing a lively pop of colour to Exhibition Place in our city’s west end.
Read on to find out our top picks for this year’s Canadian National Exhibition, including the best food, attractions & entertainment at this yearly Toronto fave!
Food venders at this year’s CNE have incorporated several of the year’s food trends into their dishes, including coconut oil and sriracha. There’s even a re-envisioned cronut! Here’s our list of the top foods to check out at the CNE:
Chocolate Fried Chicken, Coco’s Fried Chicken.
Rubbed in dark chocolate, brined in cocoa-laced buttermilk for 24 hours, rolled in flour mixed with cocoa and secret spices, this unique twist on a deep-fried favourite is then fried in canola oil and seasoned with chocolate.
S’more Bao, Far East Taco.
A new taste on this campfire classic sees a traditional Asian bun smothered with Nutella, sweet cream, Fluff, crushed graham crackers and topped with mini marshmallows.
Crowbar, Hula Girl Espresso.
This twist on the cronut involves a chocolate bar–Reese’s, Mars Bar, etc–being baked into a croissant.
Bonus: Butter coffee, Ribfest, liquid nitrogen sorbet, Food Truck Frenzy
A celebration of country music, line-dancing, ribs, bourbon and more. Open from 4-8pm, then 9-1am Thurs-Sat, this is sure to be one of the hottest and trendiest food destinations at the CNE this year.
Last year’s popular attraction Zip Line is back! Climb up the 12 story tower that offers a bird’s eye view of the CNE grounds, and zip down more than 1100 feet to a landing tower at the corner of the Direct Energy Centre. For $20 (on top of your admission), you can get a taste of a tourist favourite without having to travel too far from home!
Acrobatics return to the CNE this year in an exciting new show called Mirage. The colourful extravaganza will feature cirque performers, trapeze artists, aerialists, and more! Catch the show from 4:30-5pm, and 6:30-7pm each night at Ricoh Coliseum.
The 65th annual Canadian International Air Show (CIAS) soars over Lake Ontario on Labour Day from 1-4pm for an awe-inspiring performance from 1-4pm. The 2014 display will feature amazing aerobatics and will also commemorate the 100th Anniversary of WWI. Don’t miss the special flying demonstration featuring six WWI aircrafts from the Great War Flying Museum.
Which places are you most excited to check out at the CNE this year?
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