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Aug 18, 2010 10:49 PM

CNE is coming....what to eat?

I know the CNE is not what it used to be, however I still enjoy going. If nothing, for the food!

I know there will be a rib-fest each day which I plan to try out. I also enjoy scouring the Food building endlessly, not being able to make up my mind; I usually end up with roti!

We also end the day at the CNE with a bag of Tiny Toms and a ice cream waffle sandwich....mmmm.

What is everyone's CNE food pick and any tips to share?

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  1. The Purple Pig guys will be there. I think under the name Big Bone BBQ. That's good place to start.


    Purple Pig
    1 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H3W4, CA

    1. Im dreaming about corn dogs. dont tell my wife or my doctor.

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      1. re: Everythingtarian

        ME TOO! And my chef bf will be shaking his head and me while I enjoy every bite!!!

      2. There's an article in the Star today about deep fried BUTTER and chocolate covered bacon. I'm down with the bacon, but the butter? yeesh.

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        1. re: MeMeMe

          I'm hoping the EMS will be there.......

          1. re: MeMeMe

            Actually it looked pretty tasty. I wouldn't have more than one though :)

          2. I'm hoping that the Poutinery in the Food building will be there... :)

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            1. re: HSz

              Growing up as a kid going to the Ex I used to always get a slice of pizza from Pizza Nova. Jerk Chicken on Rice is pretty good. I seem to recall Spagetti as well.

              As far as desserts, Tiny Toms are an absolute must buy, its probably best to get 2 dozen, one to eat right away and the rest to take home!

              Im not sure if they have Beaver Tails at the Ex, if they do, I highly recommend that as well, its really become more of an event or festival food. Cinnamon Sugar is delicious but Lemon and Sugar is tasty too!

              Ofcourse, Ice Cream waffle sandwiches are always good!

              Oh, and one thing I always did at the Ex was stock up on Billy Bee honey! They always had a booth in the food building so Id get some golden and some creamy honey, I dont know if its such a novelty anymore however...

              1. re: jmarcroyal

                Beaver Tails in the Food building Yup yup...

                Mmmmmm corn dogs!

                1. re: jmarcroyal

                  No offense intended but as a U.S .transplant it puzzles me that people consder a Pizza Nova slice at the CNE a tradition. I've heard this from coworkers as well that the first thing they do is head to the food building to grab a "insert chain food that's available throughout the GTA" right away!

                  We're heading to the CNE next week and I'm super excited that it sounds like they've upped the ante on fried foods! Hand dipped corn dogs make me salivate just thinking about em! Fried butter will be tried and on the news they mentioned "pizza on a stick". I'm all about having a huge salad for lunch then planning a heart attack via fried foods on sticks for dinner at the CNE. What makes it special and rational is that I can only have it once a year! I can get a Pizza Nove slice anytime.

                  1. re: abigllama

                    I cannot find the proper reference to last year's CNE Food thread, but I remembered the pizza on a stick and it was the usual slice threaded through a paint-stick-stirrer-type of stick and not quite worth the hullabaloo of being able to walk around with a slice in hand. ^_^;

                    1. re: abigllama

                      As a Torontonian born & bred I am also puzzled... yesterday was talking to people who were excited to hear that Swiss Chalet is now an option at the Ex. I guess if nothing else that tells us how bad the usual options are?!?!? At least the Tiny Toms have that once-a-year appeal, let's ignore the actual taste (and the fact they have a year-round outlet now).

                      1. re: julesrules

                        I think it says more about the people of the city. When faced with a bevy of unique offerings, they opt for the same old slop.


                        1. re: Davwud

                          With all the crowds, line ups and crazy prices it doesn't make any sense to me. Kids that are picky eaters will do that because they want to stick with the known so that's generally why I assumed they had this stuff there. But I'm hearing this from adults. I'll gladly go through the CNE mayhem and pay top dollar for a hand dipped corn dog but why bother with something that can be delivered to your living room 365 days a year?

                          The pizza on a stick sounds pretty lame. Nothing that hasn't spent time in a deep fryer and comes from an overn should be on a stick, ever! I still have high hopes for the butter and will always stick to the the standby of the hand dipped corn dog as well.

                2. blue snow cone
                  99 cent spaghetti at the food building
                  corn dog
                  more popcorn
                  candy floss
                  pizza slice
                  cheese demonstration in the better living building
                  pepperettes from the smoked meat stall
                  large pickles from the farm building food court
                  more popcorn
                  candy apple for the ride home
                  pepto bismol