What You Can Expect At The CNE This Year #2018

Hey friends! It’s that time of the year again where the Canadian National Exhibition opens to the public for the last 2 and half weeks before summer ends. Starting today until September 3rd, visitors will get to experience all new and diverse programming than ever before. In celebration of the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism, the CNE will “come to light” with an amazing indoor lantern festival! There will also be an outdoor TELUS Asian Market on Princes’ Blvd turning the street into a bustling and lively marketplace.

Of course everyone’s favourite classics are back – Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating how, President’s Choice SuperDogs show (Celebrating its 40th anniversary), Bandshell Concert Series, 69th Annual Canadian International Air Show and a whole lot more!



The CNE will “come to light” this year with a spectacular indoor lantern festival. Located in the Enercare Centre, these 17 illuminated sculpture installations create a kaleidoscope of colour, themed around legends and myths associated with the ancient Silk Road. These lanterns are created by 90 artists using 4000 meters of synthetic silk, 55 metres of steel, and arrived in 8 shipping containers that traveled more than 12,000 km from China to Toronto.




Over the years, the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) has become renowned for its line up of tasty, gastronomic concoctions. The food offering is a varied mix of international cuisine and traditional fair favourites with more than 100 eateries complimented by more than 60 concessionaires throughout the grounds. The opening weekend kicks off with East Coast Kitchen Party returning on Aug 18-19 for its 2nd year in a row for some delicious East Coast cuisine, caesar competition, oyster shucking and more! The popular food truck Frenzy and Craft Beer Fest returns to CNE from Aug 24-26 with a wide variety of tasty treats. Completely new this year, on the final weekend of the CNE, as I mentioned earlier, there will be the Telus Asian Market on Princes’ Blvd with artisans, entertainment and authentic fusion street food – August 30th – September 3rd

Thrill in Manil & BiPoppa – Yatai by Liberty Noodle
(Location: Food Building)


Nashville Hot Sandwich – Tokyo Hot X Nashville Hot Fried Chicken
(Location: Food Building)


Gold Ice Cream – Eative
A vanilla ice cream cone topped with a 24K edible gold leaf
(Location: Food Building)


Donut Poutine – Tim Horton’s
(Location: Food Building)


Garlic Bread Burger – Bubs Bad@ss Burgers
(Location: Food Building)


The Juicy Crab – Hotbunzz Street Cuisine
Fresh baked brioche style bun stuffed with: Shanghai Crab Soup Dumpling (Xiao Long Bao), East Coast Lobster with Brown Butter, Thai Shrimp, Whitefish, Atlantic Smoked Salmon, Smoked Aged Cheddar, Braised Short Ribs
(Location: Food Building)


Buffalo Cauliflower – Mr. Vegetable
(Location: Midway)


The Cold Pocket – Sweet Jesus
A toasted sweet bun billed with Sweet Jesus ice cream creations with extra toppings and served in a burger bag
(Location: Food Building)


The Big Pickle Tornado – Coco’s Concessions
(Location: Midway)


Hong Kong Style French “Toast” Curds
Deep fried cheese curds topped with peanut butter, condensed milk and a chunk of butter
(Location: Midway) 


Fettucine al Bowlo – Eat my Bowls
(Locations: Food Building)


The Golden Burger – Bacon Nation
A burger fit for a king! This mega-sized burger is piled high on a 5oz patty with maple bacon, peameal bacon, Canadian cheddar, onion rings, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayo all in an edible gold bun
(Location: Food Building & Midway)


SanFran Friar Fritter – Sanfrancesco Sandwiches
A veal and porchetta sandwich topped with a jalapeno popper, dressed with sandwich toppings and SanFran’s signature sauce, jalapeno peppers and coleslaw on a sweetened bread
(Location: Food Building)


Concha with Ice Cream – Pancho’s Bakery
(Location: Midway)


Rainbow KitKat Crepe – The Royal Crepe
(Location: Midway)


Blue Jays Nest – Cake Shack
(Location: Food Building)



Special thanks to Sandi for having me!



  1. Ami
    August 21, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    Thank you so much for listing the booth’s names and where we could possibly find them!

    • Grace
      August 22, 2018 / 10:05 am

      No worries Ami! Glad you found it useful. Have a great time at The EX 🙂

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