Whether you go for the rides, butter sculptures or air show, no trip to the Canadian National Exhibition is complete without a stop at the iconic Food Building. With more than 100 eateries to choose from, it can be hard to decide which culinary creation to indulge in first. From gold ice cream to deep-fried cheese curds, we’ve narrowed down the best new bites you absolutely must try at the CNE.
The Golden Burger by Bacon Nation
Strike gold with this burger that will feed your craving for bacon, and blow up your Instagram at the same time. The gold-leaf covered creation delivers more than just a pretty picture. It’s packed with major flavour, starting with a 5 oz patty topped with crispy maple bacon, peameal bacon, Canadian cheddar, onion rings, jalapenos, tomatoes and chipotle mayo.Find this golden boy at Bacon Nation in the CNE Food Building and the Midway.
Hong Kong Style French ‘Toast’ Curds by King of Curds
Get your ooey-gooey cheese fix at the King of Curds, found in the CNE Midway. New to the fair this year is a delectable dish inspired by Hong Kong French Toast. The perfect balance of sweet and savoury, fresh and squeaky cheese curds are battered and fried, then drizzled with peanut butter, sweet condensed milk and a pat of butter. Believe us, the butter makes all the difference.
Gold Ice Cream by Eative
The chocolate dipped ice cream bar of your childhood is all grown up and covered in 24K edible gold leaf. A treat for the eyes, your taste buds and your Instagram followers. Find the Gold Ice Cream at Eative in the CNE Food Building.
Mexican Style Street Corn by Roasted Corn Booths
You’ve never had corn like this before. These cooks take the Mexican street-food favourite to new heights by coating fresh roasted corn on the cob with homemade sriracha mayo, then rolling it in three crunchy flavours: Parmesan, crushed jalapeno cheddar Doritos and flaming hot Cheetos. It may look like candy corn, but the sweet corn and crunchy, spicy coating makes for an addictive and satisfying combo that screams summer. Taste this umami-bomb yourself at the Roasted Corn Booths in the CNE Midway.
Apple Fritter Fried Chicken Sandwich by Heartbreak Chef
Forget buns, this southern-style fried chicken sandwich is topped with apple cinnamon slaw and surrounded by two apple fritter doughnuts. Find this juicy chicken sandwich in the CNE Food Building.
Dutch ‘Luv’ Puffs by Tropic Love
Known in the Netherlands as poffertjes, these mini buttermilk pancakes are served with either strawberries and Nutella (the most popular option) or slices of juicy pineapple and toasted coconut. Both of these delectable combos are drizzled with sweetened condensed milk, adding just the right amount of sugariness to satisfy your sweet tooth. Find Tropic Love in the Midway, where they’ll also be selling smoothies, served in hollowed out fruit.
Rainbow KitKat Crepe by The Royal Crepe
This sweet treat is a delight for your Instagram feed and for your tummy. Your mouth will be watering as you watch colourful batter swirled and cooked into delicate, paper-thin pancakes, right before your eyes. Slathered with Nutella and stuffed with banana slices, a KitKat bar and your choice of ice cream. It’s sweet, crunchy and fun – everything you want in fair food! Find The Royal Crepe in the Midway.
Mac and Cheese Popsicle by Farm to Fryer
Farm to Fryer take mac and cheese from the bowl to a convenient carnival eat with their deep-fried pops. Before you bite into this creamy, carb-filled creation, don’t forget the cheese sauce, which you can pour overtop, or dip and indulge. Find this cheesy goodness in the Food Building.
Deep Fried Monte Cristo by Fran’s
Fran’s takes this standard sandwich to epic new heights with a trip to the deep fryer. Each bite delivers a satisfying crunch, complete with salty ham and perfectly melted Swiss cheese sandwiched between layers of egg-dipped bread. Don’t forget the hot sauce and maple syrup dip! Indulge in fried perfection in the Food Building or in the Midway.