The first Ex took place in 1879 and has taken place ever since during the 18 days leading up to and including Canadian Labour Day Monday.
Each year, approximately 1.3 million visitors attend the CNE, making it Canada’s largest fair and the seventh largest fair in North America. It generates more than C$50 million in revenue for the City of Toronto and over C$70 million for the Province of Ontario annually.
The 2012 Ex starts today, August 17th and has set out to educate us about the role the grounds played in the War of 1812 AND fill us with as many buttery bacon treats that it can.
The Ex has become the Toronto epicentre of experimental culinary concoctions of all kinds including, but not limited to, deep-fried butter and a Krispy Kreme burger. This year, one should expect bacon to be the star attraction at the food hall. Watch for bacon-wrapped, deep-fried Mars bars, red velvet funnel cakes topped with crumbled bacon, bacon sundaes, bacon-topped baked potatoes, and the Nutella BBBLT with eight strips of bacon, two pieces of back bacon, lettuce, tomato and Nutella. Gross.
Liberty Villagers are particularly fortunate/cursed due to our close proximity to the grounds. This is also why our neighbourhood will, once again, become a favourite parking destination for Ex-bound familes.
So, the questions is: will you be going?