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The top 5 outrageous foods coming to the CNE in 2014

Posted by Staff / August 13, 2014

cne foodThe CNE unveiled today its latest batch of outrageous food items it will be serving to the public this year when the annual Exhibition kicks off this Friday. Like last year's list, the foods aren't for the calorie-counting inclined and are instead binge worth variations of indulgent snacks, sweet infused meats and hybrid comfort foods.

Here are five outrageous foods to try at the CNE this summer.

Thanksgiving Waffles
Just when you thought chicken fried waffles was the ultimate waffle indulgence along comes Frans Restaurant with a hybrid of your weekend brunch and Thanksgiving dinner. A plate of these waffles comes stuffed with roast turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry stuffing and then smothered with a thick house made gravy. Hold the maple syrup.

cne foodCocoa Infused Fried Chicken
Chocolate and chicken lover? You no longer need to satisfy your cravings with two different meals. Cocoa infused fried chicken is exactly what it sounds like - chicken coated and seasoned with cocoa and fried to a dark chocolate crisp. Find it inside the Food Building at the Coco's Fried Chicken stand.

cne foodButter Coffee
Need a caffeine kick and want to pack on some calories at the same time? Butter coffee should do it. A product of local coffee shop Hula Girl Espresso (also inside the Food Building), a cup of this brewed coffee is packed with a dollop of butter making it oh-so-rich and a definite item to avoid if you're the type who take your Pilot beans with a dose of Almond milk.

cne foodS'More Bao
This hybrid dessert has made an appearance lately at various spots in Toronto including the newly opened Lucky Red. Now CNE goers can indulge in a version here too courtesy of Far East Taco in the Food Building. Just as you'd expect, this Asian bun is layered with marshmallows, sweet milk cream, hazelnut, chocolate and crushed graham crackers. Yum.

cne foodElvis Grilled Cheese
What's an outrageous food list without some new wacky variation on grilled cheese? A tribute to The King himself, this fried melted sandwich comes packed with all of Elvis' favourite foods including peanut butter, banana, bacon and cheese. Thankfully, they've kept out the prescription drugs. Find it at Coffee Zone near the Midway.

cne foodAnd that's not all. Also look out for spicy peanut butter sriracha rolls, liquid nitrogen gelato, a crowbar (croissant baked with a chocolate bar inside), a fun-ana (hybrid between corn dog and funnel cake) and bacon wrapped corn.

Which food are you most looking forward to trying this year? Add your pick to the comments below.

Photos by Jesse Milns.



Amy / August 13, 2014 at 01:32 pm
A bullet proof coffee, with extra butter.

Dave / August 13, 2014 at 01:33 pm
The waffles look great! Hold the cranberries though.
Ibrahim / August 13, 2014 at 01:37 pm
I never go CNE without eating the Colossal Onion!
Jackie / August 13, 2014 at 01:39 pm
CNE opens Friday, not Saturday
Kheleya / August 13, 2014 at 01:47 pm
I might go to the Ex for the first time in 10 years just to try the food. All of those sound like clever food ideas.
Dean replying to a comment from Kheleya / August 13, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Go after 5pm on a weekday its $6 admission after 5pm Mondays (except Labour Day), Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Sully / August 13, 2014 at 02:08 pm
The chocolate chicken looks amazing!

I might go to the Ex just to try that!
ethan / August 13, 2014 at 02:55 pm
Hello food poisoning
Food Poisoning replying to a comment from ethan / August 13, 2014 at 03:06 pm
Hello Ethan!
#wrong replying to a comment from ethan / August 13, 2014 at 03:09 pm
CNE introduces new food safety procedures
Bob / August 13, 2014 at 03:20 pm
Eat up fatties! Why does everyone and their mother want to eat like an American(minus the guns of course)?
Earl replying to a comment from Bob / August 13, 2014 at 03:28 pm
We already do look around. Why does everyone and their mother constantly look to the Americans like they are our source for everything. We invented Poutine and alot of other fatty foods up here we need no help or influence from anywhere else.

Isn't that why you're loving the Southern BBQ, Burger and taco trends in this city?
C replying to a comment from Food Poisoning / August 13, 2014 at 03:36 pm
That was awesome.
Nicholas R / August 13, 2014 at 03:41 pm
"Chocolate and chicken lover? You no longer need to satisfy your cravings with two different meals." Somebody has never heard of Chicken Mole...
Sophie / August 13, 2014 at 04:01 pm
wahh :(
NOTHING on this list sounds good to me.
Lisa replying to a comment from Food Poisoning / August 13, 2014 at 04:14 pm
Amazing hahaha
Thug Ford / August 13, 2014 at 05:07 pm
Ah, the CNE... where failure chefs go to pretend they are entrepreneurial food masters once every year. Apparently we learn nothing from food poisoning.
Gail / August 13, 2014 at 05:58 pm
It all sounds disgusting to me! I wouldn't waste my hard earned money on something potentially (and likely) disgusting that will go straight in the trash!
Thugs a clown / August 13, 2014 at 06:00 pm
Yes we learn lots from food poisoning. Theres no cronut burger this year and the food inspections and regulations are much tighter. Keep living in fear and in the past there Thuggie.
Gordon Gartel / August 13, 2014 at 06:06 pm
Hello Canadian friends! You should all be very proud today news sources are saying Doug Ford has appologized, and Justin Beiber has pleaded guilty to his Florida driving charges. The wrong doings of some Canadians is being undone and corrected. Be proud!
Gayle / August 13, 2014 at 06:35 pm
I am with Sophie - none of these sounded appealing to me! If I want a turkey dinner it will not be between 2 waffles and thse list goes on! I guess I am plain boring when it comes to these types of creativity!
Debra / August 13, 2014 at 08:00 pm
The bacon wrapped corn seems to be the perfect carnival treat. I'm all over it.
Love it / August 13, 2014 at 11:15 pm
It's the most wonderful time of the yeeear!!!
BOB / August 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm
The new food choices are excellent this year! I look forward to trying them all!!
I only want a small butter coffee though. Not a great big one. I just want to give it a chance.
Wayne replying to a comment from BOB / August 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm
AGREED! Lots of new choices, always tasty. Good Prices.
Paul / August 14, 2014 at 12:08 am
The Food building has an incredible record. All these years of success and just one bad product last year. The crounut burger is not there this year. The rules and regs have been tightened up...
Donna / August 14, 2014 at 12:35 am
Waffles Sandwich looks great.The Food building is always a god time.
Frances replying to a comment from Earl / August 14, 2014 at 04:15 am
Perhaps Bob is a vegetarian? And even if he isn't he is entitled to his opinion. Quite honestly; there is not even one choice here that I would want going through my digestive system; this is fine; all the more for someone else.
Christopher replying to a comment from Food Poisoning / August 14, 2014 at 05:26 am
Haha... very cute!
whocares replying to a comment from Gordon Gartel / August 14, 2014 at 08:10 am
The Elvis sandwich is straight out of recipe books. It's been around for many years already so it is not a new creation.

BTW Gordon, who cares. It has nothing to do with this post.
Sandra / August 14, 2014 at 08:40 am
Lets not forget this list is top 5 OUTRAGEOUS foods at the Ex. They are meant to be outrageous and not your only food choices.

There are hundreds of other options for everyone.
carolyn / August 14, 2014 at 10:52 am
The S'mores Bao and the Crowbar sound awesome
JustABeaver replying to a comment from Gordon Gartel / August 14, 2014 at 06:14 pm
I don't care about Just in Beaver. You can keep him in USA, or send him to Iraq or Syria and teach him how to look like a real man.
Chef-Squared / August 14, 2014 at 07:09 pm
Love all of these...but out here in New Brunswick, the Waffle Wenches have been putting up 'blow your mind' waffles for a while...check it out,
Tina / August 14, 2014 at 09:12 pm
Hopefully we won't be running for the toilets again this year.
Sybil / August 15, 2014 at 10:17 am
What is wrong with people? You are burdening our health care system and if you eat that crap you should be taxed to compensate! This is insanity.
Melle / August 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
I love all of the 'green smoothie' types on here trying to make a fuss over food poisoning and deep fried foods. First off, it was the bacon jam spread that caused the food poisoning last year - not the actual kronut burger. And second, if you don't want to eat this type of food, then don't! Stop trying to ram your health-food obsession down everyone's throats. I for one, would much rather ram the bacon wrapped corn down mine, thank you very much.
Michael / August 17, 2014 at 07:16 pm
Where the hell is the funana..?!
winston lee / August 19, 2014 at 08:24 pm
I'm at the food court and the lineup was too long.
thewafflewasdelicious / August 23, 2014 at 02:06 am
I'm with Melle; If you don't want to eat it, don't cry over it.
ninojolly / August 26, 2014 at 01:46 pm
get discount on admission with corporate codes posted here:

$12 admission and NO $1.99 admin feeds
toronto_chick / August 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm
I tried the Elvis grilled cheese today and it was awesome!!!! Never thought id like it as much as i did.
shared it with a friend so i didnt feel so guilty eating it...
2 thumbs up!!
Debra / September 2, 2014 at 01:03 pm
I tried Fran's Thanksgiving Waffle and it was more than it promised to be. It was very tastfully prepared, eye pleasing and mouth wateringly good!I bought it to share but was not into sharing once I started eating! I wanted more! Well done Fran's.
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