Something is different this year at the Canadian National Exhibition. I’ve never seen it quite like this before. I’ve never quite felt it like this before. It’s incredible in a new way. A touch of style has freshened up the look at each location, event, exhibit and show around the grounds. Think One of a Kind Show meets TheEx.
Very well-organized, feeling like there is much more to see and do this year. Main attractions like The Farm (Alpaca), Artisans (Flavours of Nova Scotia -sample their standout creamed lemon honey),
Foodtruck Frenzy (TOBEN food by design) and renowned Midway (cotton candy & me) are stellar as always.
We begin our journey at the Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Building. A few NEW artisans that I found to be tasty and interesting are noted below
World of Cake Decorating – top off your Spongebob obsession with a sugary cookie look-a-like
Try the blueberry mango jam from Moose River Preserve – superbly exotic combo
Enjoy pies, pastries and ice cream from Unique Candles Enjoy these desserts guilt-free because they are aromatic candles! So real I almost asked for a sample… 🙂
Next we headed to the now larger Beach Bar, situated in front the At Home Pavillion (Hall A), it’s a great resting and meeting place. This year the bar is larger, more drink options and places to sit – like those FABULOUS Muskoka chairs!
We are now moving into the Enercare Centre to see the greenery and beautiful sand sculptures on display in the Heritage Court.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Beer/Wine garden area where you can relax and listen to live music while people watching and taking fun photos – “Hi Blogger Mom!”.
The Home Pavilion and Shoppers Market seem to have gotten a face lift – this is where I really see a change. From new carpets, to the international vendor signs – its all been updated. I didn’t really find much food here which I think was a smart idea because they are housed in the arts, crafts and food buildings. However, I did find the always fun Sterling Butter sculpture area – take a look…
And a MUST is a visit through Legends of the Silk Road Come to Light! This spectacular walk-through is FREE with admission.
A selfie-aholics dream. They have special lighting at the sculptures. Step on the marked camera and have someone snap a photo of you – wow! A stunning series of 17 illuminated sculpture installations will create a kaleidoscope of colour, themed around legends and myths associated with the ancient Silk Road.
In celebration of the year of Canada-China tourism, the awe-inspiring displays were created by 90 artists using 4,000 metres of synthetic silk, 55 metres of steel, and arrived in eight shipping containers that traveled more than 12,000 km from China to Toronto!
There is even a Minotaur MAZE! An experience to remember.
And now for THE FOOD; vendors are scattered around the midway – Dutch “Luv Pufs” –
with the largest concentration (of course) in the food building. Find food combinations you never thought possible at the food pavilion. See below for some interesting new spots that I think you should checkout…
But……..WHERE IS MR. VEGETABLE?! No one can find this elusive food vendor. It’s not at the Foodtruck Frenzy or Food Building – not even information can tell you where this place is… If you find it please tweet, Instagram or comment on my post.