The craziest food creations showcased at this year’s Canadian National Exhibition

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 18 : People visit the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 18, 2023. (Photo by Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 18 : People visit the annual Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on August 18, 2023. (Photo by Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) /

You think you’ve seen crazy? Well this year’s CNE is showcasing perhaps the craziest food you’ve seen yet.

It was just this week that the CNE, or the Canadian National Exhibition, made news and all because of the crazy new foods they unleashed and are still unleashing unto the world of foodies in attendance.

How crazy can the food creations get at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)? Well, keep reading to find out…

This year’s CNE is going to be put on from August 18th and all the way until September 4th at Exhibition Place in Toronto, which is on the waterfront of Lake Ontario. So if you haven’t taken that summer trip just yet or were thinking of waiting for something to come up, well this is it folks and you won’t want to miss this one.

The exhibition isn’t only about food. As per Wikipedia, the event has been put on since way back in 1879 and now they generate about 1.5 million people visiting the site for the event.

When it first started out, the exhibition was to promote work and innovation in the realm of agriculture but it has grown into quit the event and fair, with rides, industrialist exhibitions and of course food, which is the point of this here piece today and perhaps why you’re reading these words I’ve scribbled for you, dearest readers.

And who can forget the absolute beautiful city of Toronto? The sights and scenes, and the beauty of the city are reason enough to visit, but this exhibition just adds to the allure, trust me.

According to a piece published at, this year’s event has some really crazy new rides and as stated, the food is really over the top, so as also stated previously, maybe now’s a good time to book that trip.

And about the food…how bizarre are we talking here? Well, dear readers, you’re in for it and if bizarre but delicious treats is what you’re after, the CNE is something you’ve got to experience yourself to believe, but some of the items offered at the event include:

A 4-pound Taco

Yes, dear readers… a taco that weighs a whole 4 pounds. You can’t get that at Taco Bell.

Cheeseburger Ice Cream

That’s not a typo. The treat is offered in a cheese waffle cone and the ice cream itself comes with a pickle and even a pretzel, of all things.

Thanksgiving Poutine

It wouldn’t be a Canadian experience without the simple yet delicious treat known as poutine…fries covered with curd cheese and gravy with the trimmings of a Thanksgiving meal…

Butter Chicken Overload

Well this monstrosity is sure to satisfy that glutton inside of you…that part inside that just wants to be full and perhaps even overly full on something out of this world and delicious. This one will get you there and in no time.

It is a tandoori  chicken but made into a sandwich between two butter chicken samosas that act as the treat’s buns!

Holy Moly Cannoli

Yep…a cannoli is usually a sweet treat and it is a little, but not. It’s a cinnamon dusted cannoli, but it’s stuffed with a veal cutlet, some provolone cheese, some delicious sauce, and hickory sticks are added or garnish for good measure.

Pickle Cotton Candy

If you love the taste of dill pickle, and maybe that’s your favorite flavor of chip…why not try the cotton candy version?

Watermelon Burger

I mean why not? Go big or go home, right? And you don’t get any bigger than attempting to make and serve a watermelon burger. But the CNE and the people behind all of these great treats know a thing or two about going big.

And the list goes on, dear readers. The CNE really packs a punch in this department and others – I mean there’s even an air show on Labour Day weekend and a casino of all things! And there are indeed so many more foods to try that’ll absolutely blow your ever-loving mind…

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Food, music, water fountain shows, games, exhibitions in business, agriculture and innovation, and did I mention food? Dear readers, this is an experience all its own.