Everyone’s favourite summer event is back and better than ever. Summer 2016 may be coming to an end, but at least we can end it while riding a gondola into the sunset and eating bacon-covered desserts. I had the chance to go to the media preview for the CNE, and it got me super excited. Adam and I will def be paying a visit again when it opens.
I’m usually pretty open to trying new things when it comes to food, and I’ve always wanted to try all the weird things CNE has to offer. Last year I only tried the deep fried red velvet Oreos, and this year I tried a bunch of new things.
I got too excited about all the food that I left my media package somewhere, so I don’t know all the details about some of these dishes, but you can find out more about them when the CNE opens this Friday 😉.
1. Deep Fried Cookie Dough Balls from Cookie Dough Me
These cookie dough balls were the first thing we tried, and they were delicious. They have both chocolate chip and red velvet cookie dough.
2. Cinnamon Rolls from Howie’s Cinnamon Rolls
As gross as these may sound, they’re definitely worth the try. These cinnamon rolls from Howie’s Cinnamon Rolls feature either bacon, pulled pork, or both, along with frosting. Bacon seems to be a huge trend on this year’s menu.
3. Mega Sandwich from San Francesco Foods
This sandwich was too ginormous for us to try, but if you’re feeling super hungry, you should go for it. It’s got chicken, veal, eggplant, two cheeses, fries, mayo, tomato sauce, and a giant meatball to top it off.
4. Bug Dogs from Bug Bistro
I wasn’t brave enough to try these crispy mustard cricket-covered hot dogs, but if you are, check out these Bug Dogs from Bug Bistro.
5. Sexy Surf and Turf from Hot Bunzz
It was love at first sight with this sexy dish. It’s a braised beef-stuffed bao topped with lobster and a bunch of delicious spices and toppings.
6. Cartoon Dog from Maggie’s
Feel like a kid again with this deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with Capt’n Crunch cereal, peanut butter, jam, and spicy mayo.
7. The Raclette from House Of Brisket
For anyone who loves cheese, potatoes, and pickles.
8. Chimney Stax with Yogurty’s Froyo
Chimney cones have been everywhere this summer, and they’ll be making an appearance at CNE. These ones are filled with Yogurty’s froyo and they are uh-mazing. We tried the Chocoholic Supreme with brownies, chocolate fudge sauce, and oreo crumble. They have one with chocolate Turtles, one with gummy worms, and even one with bacon bits and maple syrup.
9. The Sloppy Redneck from Smokin’
We didn’t try this because we were already getting full, but if you feel like eatin’ sloppy, try this sandwich with pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, and crushed pineapples.
10. Churro Burgers from Epic Burgers & Waffles and I Love Churros
Churros are my second true love. I didn’t get to try the churro burger because I was so full, but I’ll definitely be giving it a try when I visit again.
11. Fruity Drinks
I don’t know where these fruity drinks from, but the red one was good. I’m also loving the cute little umbrella toppings.
12-13. Bacon Croissundae and Blueberry Pie Milkshakes from Fran’s Restaurant
I’ve been to the actual Fran’s twice and I’ve never been disappointed. We were too full to try the bacon croissundae, but we did try the Blueberry Pie Milkshake, and it was SO GOOD.
14. The ThreeSum Burger at Corrado’s Authentic Italian
The ThreeSum Burger is a triple threat with flavours from Italian, Canadian, and Greek cuisine. It’s got meatballs, mac n’ cheese, and Greek fries. Surprise, surprise, we were also too full to try this one.
15. Ice Cream from Just Cone It
Seeing the bacon on this cone kind of weirded me out, but it tastes better than it sounds. The cone also has cotton candy on it and it tastes amazing.
16-18. Spam Double Down, Tater Tots, and a Root Beer-Flavoured Burger from Miami Press
Miami Press is one of the places you 100% have to pay a visit to this year. They’ve got a bunch of delicious things on their menu, including a Spam Double Down, tater tots, and a root beer-flavoured burger. The Double Down was my absolute favourite.
19. Dessert Nachos from Nacho Libre
These nachos are topped with bananas, strawberry puree, and Nutella.
20. The Poutine Dog
Remember eating Pogo sticks when you were younger? These Poutine Dogs will take you back, except they’re even better because they’ve also got tater tots and cheese, as you can see below.
21-22. Pickle Dogs and Deep Fried Butter Tarts from Pickle Pete’s
I’m not a pickle person, but if you are, try this deep fried, hot dog-stuffed pickle dog from Pickle Pete’s. They’ve also got deep fried butter tarts, and anything deep fried is always good.
23-24. Fried Pig Ear Sandwich and Sweet Potato Pie from Farm to Fryer
Pig ears are a reg food item for Chinese people, so it wasn’t that weird for me. Adam found it pretty weird, but we both enjoyed the sandwich. The sweet potato pie was sweet and delicious and the bacon made it even more delicious.
25-27. Nachos, Fish and Chips, and Sushi Burritos from Su&Bu
If you’re looking to eat something healthier, try Su&Bu. We tried the nachos and the sushi burrito, which were both really good. We didn’t get to try the Fish and Chips featuring wonton chips, but it looked really delicious.
28. Canadian Bacon Taco from Bacon Nation
I pass by Bacon Nation at Queen and Spadina all the time and I’ve been wanting to try it for years. These tacos feature peameal bacon in place of a tortilla, topped with delicious pulled pork. Warning: it gets pretty messy.
29-32. Cotton Candy and Jolly Rancher Chills and Froot Loop and Jolly Rancher Donuts from Tim Hortons
Tim Hortons is winning the game at this year’s CNE. The Cotton Candy Chill was my fave, but the Jolly Rancher Chill was really good as well. The Jolly Rancher donut is def a must-try if you’ve got a super sweet tooth.
33. Philly Steaklair from Philthy Philly’s
Brave enough to try this dessert-lunch? The Philthy Philly’s combined a steak and cheese sandwich with an eclair to create the Philly Steaklair. It’s even got chocolate icing and whipped cream on it.
34. Roast Beef in an Edible Bowl from Eat My Bowls
Honestly, the presentation of this dish wasn’t very good, so we didn’t care to try it. After reading the description about it later, I wish I’d tried it. It’s an edible Yorkshire pudding bowl filled with roast beef, gravy, and horseradish cream.
35. Baked Apple Dumplings from One Sweet Mama
These ice cream covered dumplings looked so good, but it was at the very end, so we were too full to try it 😢.
Last year I was really badass and I won myself a jumbo Pikachu on my first try (here’s a photo), and this year Adam and I are seeing who can win the other prizes.
There are a bunch of performers at the CNE this year, including acrobatic entertainer from Spain, Eddie Eighty – his fire show was really awesome.
I never even knew the waterfront was part of the CNE before, but for the first time in decades, the CNE is returning to the waterfront with this super cool water skiing stunt show called The Great Canadian Water Ski Caper. Adam got a bunch of great Snapchats of the show.
The CNE is happening from August 19th to September 5th this year. Let me know what you’re planning on trying at the CNE!