RSVP: CNE at Exhibition Place – August 17-September 3, 2012

As the summer slowly draws to a close, it seems the only thing we can look forward to is the CNE and the promise of exhilarating rides, deep-fried experiments, live music, and games.

This is what everyone is talking about at the CNE this year:

The Food

This year’s addition to the deep-fried gluttony is a bacon-wrapped, deep-fried hot dog and don’t worry, last year’s deep-fried butter, deep-fried cola, and deep-fried Mars bars are back to coat your arteries once again! The food building has also added 11 new “gourmet” vendors including Far East Taco, PULL’D – (pulled meat specialities), Vie (organic raw fare), Loaded Baked Potatoes, Bacon Nation (every good with bacon), Just Cone It! (every food in a cone), Thyme & Olives – (Lebonese style baked goods), Dutch Frites, Big Apple Fritters, Sweetness Bakery (cupcakes), and Fresh Fuel Smoothies.

The folks over at the CNE have also cashed in on our love for Food Trucks this year with a whole weekend dedicated to Food Truck Frenzy. From August 24th to 26th the CNE will be home to 17 different food trucks including Blue Donkey Streetery, Buster’s Sea Cove, Canuk Pizza Truck, Fidel Gastro, Food Dudes, Gourmet B1tches, Hank Daddy’s Barbeque, Gourmet Gringos, Hank Daddy’s Barbeque,  Hogtown Smoke, Mike’s Dog House, Per Se Mobile, Pretty Sweet, Rollin’ on the River, Stuft, Sweetness Bakery, Texas Tornado, The Urban Smoke, Tiny Toms.

The Music 

The CNE bandshell is host to daily concerts from some pretty impressive acts and entrance is free with CNE admission. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. I’ve highlighted my favourites in the schedule below:

Saturday, August 18 – Big Sugar with Flash Lightnin’
Sunday, August 19 – Nick Carter with Andrew Allen
Tuesday, August 21 – Boogie Wonder Band
Wednesday, August 22 – Freddie McGregor with Jay Douglas & Pablo Paul
Thursday, August 23 – The Magic of Motown – The Spinners
Friday, August 24 – Don McLean
Saturday, August 25 – Trooper with Poor Young Things
Sunday, August 26 – Last Night of the ‘Canadian’ Proms
Tuesday, August 28 – 3OH!3 with The New Cities
Wednesday, August 29 – Arkells with The Darcys
Thursday, August 30 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone & Paul Revere and The Raiders
Friday, August 31 – The Tea Party
Saturday, September 1st – Arturo Sandoval

The Tickets

General Admission (14-59 years old): $16
Seniors (60+): $12
Children (5-13 years): $12
Family Pass (2 adults & 2 kids/1 adult & 3 kids): $48
Children (under 5): Free

These tickets only cover general admission onto the CNE grounds. Rides and games cost extra.

A Ride All Day Pass gets you admission and unlimited midway rides all day: $52

Buy in person or buy online.

Another interesting tidbit: For the past two years, 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. 

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  1. August 20, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    And admission is only $5 after 5:00pm Mon-Thurs! Wednesday August 29th, I’m looking in your direction!!!

    • JamieLeighTO
      August 21, 2012 / 10:18 am

      Duh 🙂 You know how I feel about that band.
      I’ll be there!