It’s that time of year again when Canada’s largest annual fair opens for 18 days and promises to dazzle with stomach-churning rides, cool exhibits and, of course, creative carnival foods that will blow your mind.

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Chef Michael Smith at the the Celebrity Chef Stage at the Canadian National Exhibition last year.

When you’re not sampling on new eats in the food building, make sure to stop by the Food Network Canada’s Celebrity Chef Stage. We’ve got an amazing lineup of celebrity chefs who will be showing off their culinary skills. Learn from industry masters and Chopped Canada judges such as Michael Smith, Lynn Crawford and John Higgins.

Here are this year’s chefs you can expect to see perform two cooking demonstrations (2pm and 5pm) on their scheduled dates. And for more information and to see the full schedule of this year’s entertainment at the Canadian National Exhibition, visit theex.com.

Friday, August 21
Lynn Crawford

Saturday, August 22
Michael Smith

Sunday, August 23
John Higgins

Monday, August 24
Jason Rosso

Tuesday, August 25
Tonia Wilson

Wednesday, August 26
Zane Caplansky

Thursday, August 27
Matt Basile

Friday, August 28
Bob Blumer

Saturday, August 29
Chuck Hughes

Sunday, August 30
Vikram Vij

Monday, August 31
La-toya Fagon

Tuesday, September 1
Patricia Muzzi

Wednesday, September 2
Jason Persall, Pristine Gourmet

Thursday, September 3
Neal Brothers Food

Friday, September 4
Matt Dean Pettit, Rock Lobster Food Co.

Saturday, September 5
Andrew Poulsen, Bespoke Butchers

Sunday, September 6
Vanessa Baudanza