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CNE 2015: What You’re Eating, Toronto
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CNE 2015: What You’re Eating, Toronto

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Updated: 10 May 2016
Every summer, Torontonians await ‘The Ex,’ a celebration that lasts 3 weeks. Rickety carnival rides and performances aside, nearly a million hungry visitors gather to experience the envelope-pushing, fried, delectable treats. The CNE became known for its creative food concoctions back in 1940 with the introduction of the iconic Ice Cream Waffle, and continue this tradition today. Fancy a deep-fried something? Check this list for what you may or may not be eating this year at the CNE.
Bacon Wrapper Grilled Cheese | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Bacon Wrapper Grilled Cheese | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

BACON-WRAPPED GRILLED CHEESE:

First stop, Bacon Nation. The name says it all — two pieces of bread stuffed with aged cheddar and mozzarella cheese, grilled to perfection, and wrapped in six strips of bacon. Served with spicy, sweet chili ketchup for dipping. Hello, bacon heaven!

Baonana Split | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Baonana Split | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

BAONANA SPLIT:

Head to Far East Taco for an eastern spin on dessert. Meet the ‘baonana’ split: a soft and fluffy traditional Asian bun, or ‘bao,’ filled with hazelnut chocolate (Nutella, anyone?!), sliced fresh banana, whipped cream, chocolate and strawberry syrup, and topped with a Maraschino cherry.

Bub's Burgers | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Bub’s Burgers | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

BUB’S BAD@ASS BURGERS:

Bub’s is nothing short of a ‘bad@ass’ when it comes to cooking burgers. Try the bad boy burger — a spicy burger topped with honey, garlic-fried chicken, pepper jack cheese, wasabi cucumber, crispy hickory sticks, fresh tomato, sriracha mayo, and buttermilk coleslaw, all sandwiched between a Jamaican beef patty. The sumo burger, an Asian-inspired meat creation, outweighs your typical Big Mac with a whopping two beef patties, tomato, lettuce, hoisin sauce, wasabi mayo, wasabi cucumbers, caramelized onions, and chow mein noodles all piled high on a sesame bun. McDonald’s ain’t got nothing on Bub’s!

Chicken Waffle on a Stick | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Chicken Waffle on a Stick | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

CHICKEN WAFFLE ON A STICK:

Chicken and waffles — one of the greatest creations of all time — is now even easier to eat at Chicken Waffle on a Stick. Crispy fried chicken is put on a stick, blanketed in a fluffy waffle and then dipped in maple syrup. If that’s not enough to get your taste buds going, it’s then sprinkled with icing sugar, and served with a side of Frank’s Red Hot for dipping.

Deep-Fried Cheesecake | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Deep-Fried Cheesecake | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

DEEP-FRIED CHEESECAKE:

Pickle Pete’s has got it going on in the deep-fried department — a piece of creamy cheesecake is lightly battered, and then deep-fried. Need we say more?

Deep-Fried Oreos | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Deep-Fried Oreos | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

DEEP-FRIED RED VELVET OREO:

The Funnel Cake Shop doesn’t just serve great funnel cakes. They have stepped it up by taking a classic childhood snack, and sending it through the frier. The classic Oreo cookie is dipped in red velvet cake batter and deep-fried, then topped with cream cheese icing!

Garlic Snow Crab Fries | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Garlic Snow Crab Fries | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

GARLIC SNOW CRAB FRIES:

Jake’s Lobster does it right: seasoned fresh-cut fries are topped with house-made garlic aioli, fresh snow crab, and sprinkled with parsley and dill. It’s a seafood match made in heaven.

Poutine Balls | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Poutine Balls | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

POUTINE BALLS:

The traditional Canadian staple gets a unique Bavarian spin at Vienna — buttery, mashed potato balls stuffed with creamy cheese curds are rolled in bread crumbs and deep-fried to a crispy golden brown. They are then smothered with Bavarian-style gravy and topped with another layer of cheese curds, and voilá!

Timbit's Poutine | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Timbit’s Poutine | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

TIMBITS POUTINE:

Because one type of poutine is never enough, Tim Hortons hits it out of the park with their ‘dessert poutine’ — Timbits piled high and decked out in delicious dessert toppings. Combinations include Chocolate Lovers, Birthday Cake, Oreo, Cinnamon French Toast, and Chocolate Salted Caramel.

Corrado's S&M Burger | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Corrado’s S&M Burger | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

CORRADO’S ‘S&M’ BURGER:

Italian burger? Anything goes at the CNE! Say hello to the ‘S&M’ burger — a homemade meatball patty topped with spaghetti, parmesan cheese and Corrado’s famous marina sauce. Spicy chili toppings are available for those who like it ‘hot.’

Frosted Flake-Battered Chicken on a Stick | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition
Frosted Flake-Battered Chicken on a Stick | Courtesy of Canadian National Exhibition

FROSTED FLAKE-BATTERED CHICKEN ON A STICK:

Can’t get enough of food on a stick? Head to Iron Skillet Sirloin Tips for a juicy battered piece of chicken rolled in Frosted Flakes and deep-fried to sweet crunchy tenderness.