If you’re like me and you’ve never been to the CNE, your first trip there might be filled with one thought and one thought only: “What the heck am I gonna eat?”
Since the CNE opened for the season just last week, my social media news feed has blown up with pictures of some of the craziest and most delicious stuff to get your hands on while there. And we all know that festival food is never cheap. So I hit up the CNE this weekend to check out what the hype is all about and figure out just what exactly CNE newbies should munch on while there so you don’t end up breaking the bank on food that probably isn’t worth it. Here are my top five choices for what to eat at the CNE: newbie edition.
1. Liquid Nitrogen Sorbet
Skip the boring soft serve (you can get that anywhere) and check out one of the coolest (hah! get it?) food companies at the CNE. Eative sorbet is made from fruit puree and prepared with liquid nitrogen. The taste is delicious, and the concept is pretty rad too.
2. Butter Chicken Roti
If you love international flavours and aren’t into the deep-fried butter or “cronut”, then definitely give one of the many international vendors a try. Your options range from Mexican to Polish and everything in between, but I suggest the vegetable samosas or butter chicken roti from Taste of India.
3. Waffle and Ice Cream
Okay, okay. So there is one thing that is a CNE tradition I am totally okay with being a part of: waffles and ice cream. With the bacon-wrapped-this and deep-fried-that, sometimes it’s just better to go for the safe, but delicious option. You can find these pretty much anywhere at the CNE.
4. Vegan Nacho-Rama
Being vegan at a place like the CNE is no easy feat, and most of the time your only options are the super unhealthy ones. Luckily Wild Child’s Kitchen is serving up some tasty vegan and gluten-free eats for fair-goers who are looking for a little more excitement from their options. Their menu is extensive, but I suggest the Nacho-Rama, which comes with creamy guacamole, salsa, ground NutMeat, cashew “sour cream” and hot sauce.
5. Dulce De Leche Churros
You could go for the usual beavertail or funnel cake, but chances are you’ve probably tried either numerous times elsewhere throughout your life. They are delicious, but for your first time at the CNE, maybe give something a little different a try… Like Dulce De Leche Churros. Basically, it’s heavenly goo stuffed in a deep fried donut stick and covered in cinnamon sugar. Can you really say no to that?