CNE 2016

Every year I look forward to going CNE (@LetsGoToTheEX) with my friends and family. Whenever CNE comes around, I get a bittersweet feeling because it means that summer is coming to an end. This year, CNE runs from August 19 to September 5, so for those of you that have not been yet, make sure you don’t miss it! CNE is more than just trying out crazy and outrageous foods. It’s also perfect for spending fun times with your friends and families(the shopping, games and performances). It can also be the perfect date activity (guys: just make sure you don’t eat the bug dog in front of your date, she most likely will not want to kiss you after that). What girl wouldn’t be swept off their feet when you show off your carni skills and winning that giant stuffed animal for her? I know I would be thrilled! Then, finish the date off by spending some romantic time in the farris wheel.

Admission Price:

For more info on the ticket price, make sure to visit their website. 

Monday-Thursday: $6 dollars after 5pm.

If you have the special VIP pass, admission and parking is free. (Can only be obtained by going to the CNE casino for at least 3 hours before CNE opens to public.)

Howie’s Fresh Hot Frosted Cinnamon Rolls 

  • Pulled pork cinnamon rolls – $9.50

Epic Burgers & Waffles 

  • Churro burger – $11.95

Yummy!!! I loved how crunchy the churros were! Loved the sweet and savoury combination of this burger. That cinnamon dust from the churro buns gave the burger that extra factor to pop the flavor! Not only that, the beef patty was nice and juicy! It tasted as good as it looks!!

    Philthy Philly’s 

    • Philly steaklair- $11.50

    Bug Bistro

    • Bug dog- $6.00

    Caution: the crickets are real!!!!

      The birthday guessing game. I couldn’t help it but play. I didn’t get a chance to go to the CNE Casino yet so I had to test my luck here! One thing about these betting games is that the minimum to play doesn’t cost alot; but stopping yourself from continuous playing is the hardest part. 

      The bowling game cost 25 cent per play. Objective of the game is to roll the bowling ball so that it doesn’t get past the little dip in the middle when it comes back towards you. It looks easy, but it is really not. If you roll too hard, the ball will get past the dip when it comes back. If you don’t roll it hard enough, it doesnt get past the tiny hill. I am horrible at this game (or any cne games) but try them out anyways! It is old school and it is fun!

      Create your own slushie!!

      I just love CNE’s amazing night view.

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      Sweetery Festival 2016

      This year’s Sweetery Toronto Food Festival is their second year running and it’s bigger and better than before! Located at the David Pecaut Square, this sweet event is happening from today August 20th- August 21st, 2016- DON’T MISS OUT IF YOU LOVE SWEETS LIKE ME! πŸ™‚ They’ve got game booths, food trucks, best of all endless dessert vendors to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth!

      Gumballnado – $2.00

      “It’s time for ratle battle! Chews your opponent, be the first to shake all the gumballs from one side of the bottle to the other, and win a prize.”

      Donut Miss That Toss! – $2.00

      “Complete the donut! Toss 3 of 5 donut bits into the hole to win a prize.”

      George Brown Chefs!

      Each post-graduate pastry student from George Brown College will be creating their own french masterpiece to share with everyone and this will also be a part of their final evaluation. Pressure is on!

      The proceeds of what they made from today and tomorrow will also go towards their next semester in FRANCE! Support support support!

      Cookie shots from Golden Crumb Biscuit

      I’ve seen this everywhere on instagram before but never got to try it. Finally I had to chance to try it out today. What an interesting way of eating chocolate chip cookies! Have a small cup of milk and just pour it into the cookie cup!

      Matcha Tea & Desserts @matchateadessert

      Matcha soft serve and Hokkaido chiffon cupcake. The cupcake was amazing! Dig your spoon into the chiffon cupcake and matcha cream will fill your senses.

      Hong Kong Milk Tea Crepe Cake from Daan Go by Chris Siu @bakersiu

      POKEBALL BAO by @vronnie17

      Cutest Macarons EVER!!!! by Chris Siu @bakersiu

      Piggy: Maple Lap Chong (a play on Maple and Bacon flavor)

      Cow: Rare Tofu Cheesecake flavor

      Duck: Duck Egg Custard flavor

      Iced Coffee Floats from Cool Beans

      Crazy over the top iced coffee floats!! Perfect and refreshing with this hot summer weather!

      Freshly made marshmellow from I Love Puffy Love

      Sassy Sangria (pink) and Merry Mojito (green): created just for the Sweetery Festival! So fresh, soft and flavorful. I don’t think I’ve ever tried marshmellow this amazing before!

      Kinako Kakigori (japanese shaved ice) from Oh My Gori!

      Butter Tarts from Beverley’s Bakers

      Surprisingly, this was not super sweet like I had imagined it to be.

      Gelato Cookie from Carla’s Cookie Box

      These cookies just look so darn adorable!

      Cute handmade jewelry by SMITTEN 

      They seriously look good enough to eat.

      EX-TREME Chimney Cone by Eva’s Original Chimneys @ogchimneys

      Unfortunately this specific flavor is still not available at the Sweetery Festival. This cone is only available from Ausust 26-28 at the Food Truck Frenzy at the CNE, by he Princess Gates.

      Parking: street parking $4 dollars/hr

      Night It Up 2016

      Night it up is a three day outdoor food event from July 15 to July 17, 2016 (dates change every year) featuring street style food and games that one would find at an authentic night market in Asia. I love going to Night It Up! It’s something that I look forward to going every year around July. It brings back memories of how I used to go with my family while I was still a child in Taiwan.

      Every year, I would always go on the first night and that’s when alot of people go as well. But here’s the thing…it is super packed on the first night. It’s fine for those people who enjoy the crowds and excitements. So I’ve finally learned my lesson after years of goin on the first night: going on the afternoon of the second day (I cant believe it just hit me that i could do that). Not only can I walk around at my normal pace, I also didn’t have to wait 30 minute for every food vendor that I want to try out. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ So here’s a tip: go on the second or third day!

      Thai iced tea drink in a bag

      This was such a super cute idea: serving thai iced tea in a bag. For some reason….it just seems more authentic when it’s served in a bag. We don’t see it often here in Toronto…but actually, it is quite common in alot of Asian countries. 

      Japanese raindrop cakes from @aaagrills

      I’m so glad this raindrop cake is finally available here! It was super hyped up on instagram a while back..and i’ve always wondered how it would taste like. It taste like a jello!! 

      Taiwanese oysters pancake

      Classic taiwanese street food. πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ if you ever visit taiwan…you will see this everywhere. 

      Taiwanese fried chicken from Kanpai snack bar 

      Rice burger with fried chicken

      Ramen burger with fried chicken

      I love how innovative n creative this was! Looks super appealing and guess what? It tasted just as good! Chicken was crispy, tender and juicy. 

      Kakigori @gustahaus

      This sakura kakigori  was so amazing! It was as if I have been transported to Japan! It was light and refreshing..perfect for a hot summer day. 

      Paper net fishing

      You have not experienced a real night market if you haven’t tried to catch a fish with a paper net!!! It takes some serious skills but I’ve seen people catching 4-5 fish without breaking the net!!! (Too bad i’ve never had any success) Best part about it is that you get to take home whatever you catch! 

      Admission: free!! 

      Parking: lots of free parking on the streets. 

      Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2016

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      I had the pleasure of accompanying Grace from Food in the City TorontoΒ Β to this year’s Toronto Festival of Beer (#TFOB @TOBeerFestival) held from July 22 – July 24 at the Exhibition Place. This amazing event featuring 333 different Brews and many, many food vendors was presented by the Beer Store.

      It was my first time going to the beer festival and I had an amazing time there! The whole time I was there, I thought to myself: “have i been living under a rock all these years?”. This was a great way to discover new beer and sample the ones that you’ve never tried before. Some people, such as myself, like sticking to what I know, and what I like. Occasionally I will wander and try something new; but I generally like sticking to a few brand of beers that I like. I now know what I’ve been missing out on.

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      Upon entering the grounds, we were each handedΒ a beer mug. Not only was this environmental friendly (since it’s re-usable), we also get to take it home after the festival as a souvenir ! Before you get too excited, make sure to purchase tokens at the tokens booth, as that is how you will pay for your beer samples. ( 1 Token = $1.00 ) Most beers cost 1 token for half a cup, 2 tokens for a whole cup.

      What else was there to do other than sample tons and tons of beers? GIANT BEER PONG OF COURSE! Seriously, this was so much better than the regular-sized beer pong!

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      Pommies Cider

      I love ice drinks. That was why I had to try this apple cider slushie. I’ve never tried/seen cider slushie before and i’m glad i tried it. It was amazing! Super light and refreshing- perfect for a hot summer day. Best part of it was that it didn’t taste diluted at all!

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      Other games such as giant-sized jenga.

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      This was an amazing and super creative way to re-use the empty cardboard boxes. This booth had people to help create your dream hat out of empty boxes. There was a guy that walked around with a giant bat on his head. What a genius way to get rid of their boxes and advertise their brand at the same time! I love this idea! Creative and eco-friendly.

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      Sample Sweden:

      There was a whole section on Swedish beer. It featured 28 brands of Swedish beer. One that stood out to me most was Dugges’ Black Current beer. It tasted super sour, almost as sour as a lemon but it was different. I’ve never had beer that tasted sour before, so this was really interesting for me.

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      One of my top favorites from this year’s Beer Festival. Crabbie’s Raspberry Ginger Beer!

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      Bigg Macc Grilled Cheese – ground beef, Mac n β€˜ Cheese, bright brand aged cheddar & secret sauce

      This grilled cheese sandwich tasted amazing after trying beer after beer. Make sure not to drink on an empty stomach! Stop by the many food vendors and fill up before chugging more beer!

      I had such a fun experience at this year’s Beer Festival. There wereΒ live music, games, food and alcohol. What could be more fun?! Not only that, I also got to learn and sample all these different brews of beer. It was really well organized and we didn’t have to wait long to get our beers or food. I can’t wait for next year’s Beer Fest; in the main time, let me stock up on some of my new favorites at the beer store! =)

      Parking: no need to look for green P. There’s parking on site for $15.