Food at the EX

Bacon Funnel Cake

The CNE is famous for its vast and quirky selection of food offerings. From burgers and doughnuts, to ribs and bacon everything, the CNE is an annual treat for food adventurers.

Lovers of lighter fare are in luck as well – the CNE features plenty of healthy options too with a new raw food station. But, that's not what the CNE is about, right?

What's on the menu this year...

Each year, more than one millon people visit the Toronto Star Food Building for the unique experience that makes it a Toronto institution. With local restaurants serving  cuisines from around the world, offering a vibrant and varied mix of international flavours and traditional fair favourites, there really is something to suit every taste and budget. Search the comprehensive Food Building Directory Listing to find the experience of your choice. Listings are categorized by region, type, and dietary restrictions. Looking for halal, dairy free, gluten free, peanut free, vegetarian, raw, or other healthy alternatives? They're offered!

New this year:
Freshly Squeezed - Fresh juices and smoothies
GR Yogurt Fresh - Greek style yogurt with your choice of toppings
Spread - Everything Nutella – from fries, spring rolls, sandwiches, and more
Harvey’s 100% Canadian since 1959 - It’s a Beautiful Thing
Hula Girl - Serving specialty coffees, espressos, infused sodas, pastries
Ku Khan - Mongolian Grill cuisine
Philthy Phil Philadelphia - Cheese steak sandwiches and salads
Yogurty’s Froyo - Self-serve frozen yogurts

Back by popular demand are: Bacon Nation, Wild Child Kitchen, Dutch Frites, Far East Taco, Baked & Loaded, Deep Fried Shop, PULL’D, Big Apple Fritter, Kernels, Sweetness, Bakery, Northwest Fudge Factory, Taqueria Burrito Bar, Thyme & Olives, and Kala’s Kitchen.

Food Truck Frenzy at the CNE

Food Trucks

From August 23 to 25, the CNE is hosting one of Canada’s largest food truck rallies! Here is a list of the food trucks making an appearance:

Beach Boys Food Truck
Crossroads Diner
Sandwiches with a Twist
Fidel Gastro
Gourmet Gringos
Hogtown Smoke
Bacon Nation
Yalla Paramount
Per Se Mobile
Pretty Sweet
Texas Tornado
Sweetness Bakry
Food Dudes
Frankie Fettuccine
The Urban Smoke

Dates: August 23 to 25
Friday, August 23: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday, August 24: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday, August 25: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location: Princes' Boulevard in front of Allstream Centre and Direct Energy Centre

The Succulent Ribfest takes place every day!


Back by popular demand, a succulent Ribfest takes place every day of the CNE! Ribbers from evribwhere won't want to miss this fabulous feast as a multitude of rib masters compete to win "best rib recipe!" This is a licensed area.

Dates: August 16 to 18, August 20 to 25, and August 27 to September 2
Time: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location: Bandshell Park

Tiny Tom Donuts

Fair Favourites

Outdoors throughout the CNE, there are also plenty of opportunities to keep hunger at bay. The EX has a vast selection of eatable delights right on the midway and around the grounds. From Deep Fried Butter and Butterfly Chips to Corn Dogs, Curly Fries and Ice Cream Waffles, and the famous Tiny Tom Donut. There is something for everyone to indulge in.

Dates: August 16 to September 2
Location: The midway, outdoor concessions, and various locations throughout the CNE.

Deep Fried Butter

Sweet Potato Fries with Nutella

Here are some of the crazy deep fried foods we encountered on a past visit in our 'Fried What?' blog post.

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What's your favourite food at the CNE?

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