I was over the moon being invited to attend the CNE media day.
This is how it started… First we meet a guy riding on an ostrich, then various reptiles greeted us while we munched on churros infused with chocolate and caramel.
We boarded a train to take us to the water to preview The Great Canadian Water show to watch a few CRAZY stunts including a man on a FLYBOARD!
Then we came back to the food pavilion to watch Michael Lutrell “Pinball” Clemons sample Bug Bistro’s cricket hot dog.
Oh and there are also POKÉMON stops!
Finally, it all came to a happy end at the food pavilion! And listen, this year it’s even crazier… here is what my mom/videographer and I sampled:
Sloppy Joe’s and Spam sandwiches, and buttertarts
HotBunzzTO, smokin’ pulled pork sandwiches, Swisswaffle crepes “diablo” cone
Cookie Dough Me (deep-fried cookie dough) , Buds badass burgers, and the lovely Susan Hay sampling the exotic delights
One Sweet Mama, Cinnamon Rolls topped with pulled pork
House of Brisket, San Francescos burger, Philthy Philly’s
Farm to Fryer, Fran’s Carnival Milkshakes and Bacon Crossundaes
Amazing facts on why you should visit:
- The CNE generates $69, 300, 00 for the GTA each year and $102,300, 000 for Ontario
- 70% of the CNE total operating budget is invested in jobs
- Founded in 1879, the CNE is Canada’s largest fair and has been staged at exhibition place for 138 years
- 5,000 youth are employed at the fair each season
- It’s affordable and accessible
- 4 to 1.6 million attend the CNE every season
- It features: 1,085 entertainers and performers, 700 vendors and exhibitors, 140 farms animals, 114 midway games, 60 midway rides, 7 music stages
- All over 18 days