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Monday, August 20, 2012

"Gourmet" fare and foodie treats at the CNE

News Release

Canadian National Exhibition Food – New Vendors to the Food Building, a Food Truck Frenzy, World-Class Chefs and the return of Fair Food Favourites

What: The CNE plays host to the flavours of the world and offers unique and tasty delights for everyone from the seasoned fair goer to the culinary curious.

Food Building:
- NEW 250 Years Yum – An interactive exhibit celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the sandwich with each vendor creating a tribute to the sandwich
- NEW sampling menus – Visitors can purchase “sampling” size portions from vendors to have a lighter taste of the more decadent fare
- NEW icons on Food Building Directory Signage will help CNE visitors make the food choices best for them including: Healthy Options, Halal, Vegan, Gluten Free, Peanut Free, Vegan and Dairy Free options
- NEW 11 Gourmet Fare Vendors encompass an array of tastes and cultures, and twists on traditional fair food:
o Far East Taco - Taco fillings such as: Kalbi, Bulgogi, Spicy Pork & Kimchi, Fish, Fried Tofu and Mandoo;
o PULL’D - Variety of Pulled Meat (beef, chicken, pork) served on unusual breads such as Pancakes and Pretzel Buns;
o vie - All organic, all unprocessed raw vegan food not heated above 46 degrees Celsius. Try salads, taco, wraps, pizza, and desserts such as cinnamon buns and power bars.
o Loaded Baked Potato – Classic baked potato with butter or for the more adventurous: gourmet topping options such as country style beans, salsa, maple bacon, pulled pork or beef, coleslaw and jalapenos;
o Bacon Nation – Sandwiches (bacon with Nutella, Jack Daniels bacon), Deep fried bacon covered hotdogs, Bacon Parfait, Bacon Sundae, Candied Bacon and Bacon Popcorn;
o Just Cone It! - Classic Cones such as Breakfast, Vegetarian and Dessert Cone, Premium Cones such as Shepherd’s Pie, Philly Cheese Steak, Grilled Chicken and Healthy Greek or you can build your own cone from various meats and vegetables;
o Thyme & Olives - Lebanese Style Bakery offering Sesame Pie, Cheese Pie, Baklava, Olive mix pie and more;
o Dutch Frites - Dutch style treats such as Krokets (mashed potatoes and ground meat deep fried), Frikandel (Dutch sausage), Kipcorn (chicken finger), and StroopWafel (waffle biscuit with caramel);
o Big Apple Fritters – Deep fried Apple Fritters served with a choice of cinnamon, sugar, icing and/or ice cream;
o Sweetness Bakery – Gourmet Cupcakes as well as Squares, Cookies and Sweety Pops (Cake Pops);
o Fresh Fuel Smoothies, located at The Pita Pit, offers 100% juice smoothies with 3 servings of fruit in each, boasting flavours such as Mango Probiotic and Pomberry Antioxia.
o Returning: Krispy Kreme Burger, Colossal Onion, Deep Fried Cola, Deep Fried Mac’n’Cheese
Food Truck Frenzy - This new CNE special event takes place August 24-26 and boasts 17 professional food trucks rolling onto the CNE grounds to show off their multicultural, unique offerings. The rally will be located on Princes’ Boulevard in front of the Allstream Centre and Direct Energy Centre.
Food Network Celebrity Stage - Back again this year at the CNE is the Food Network Celebrity Stage featuring some of today’s most talented chefs. This year’s celebrity line-up includes: Laura Calder, David Rocco, Roger Mooking, Dufflet Rosenberg, Selwyn Richards, Victor Barry (Splendido), Anna Olson, Michael Smith, Chuck Hughes, Marc Thuet, James Smith, Patricia Muzzi, Jason Rosso, SugarStars and Kevin Brown.
Midway Fan Food Faves return: Deep fried butter, Deep fried Mars bars, Deep fried PB&J
Ribfest - Daily except Mondays August 20th and 27th located at Bandshell Park

About the CNE
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is Canada’s largest fair and one of the top 10 fairs in North America. Founded in 1879, the CNE celebrates its 134th year in 2012, when it takes place from August 17th to September 3rd. Each year over the course of its late summer 18-day run, the CNE attracts approximately 1.3 million people. On average, it generates an economic impact of $58.6 million on the Greater Toronto Area and $80 million on the province of Ontario each year. For the past two consecutive fairs, the CNE has been awarded Eco Logo certification, confirming it as the "greenest" fair in North America, and the most "environmentally friendly" large scale event on the continent. The CNEA Horse Show and Casino open before the fair, on Monday, July 30th. HorseCapades opens July 31st.
To learn more visit: theex.com

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