ClicPerhaps you might remember that old movie in which Judy Garland sings, “Meet me in St. Louis, Louis. Meet me at the fair.” Heading into the last 2 weeks of August, fairs pop up everywhere. I love those fairs with the array of homemade goods, farm animals vying for blue ribbons, cupie dolls and stuffies you can win by knocking down moving targets, heart-stopping rides and especially the myriad of foods peculiar to fairs.
I will focus on the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) and it’s annual menu of bizarre foods.
The CNE is Canada's largest annual community event. Founded in 1879, as the Toronto Industrial Exhibition, the CNE has enjoyed a distinguished history as a "showcase of the nation". It was "the place" where people came to experience the latest innovations in technology and commercial products as well as performances by many of the leading artists of the time. Although the CNE has changed over the years, it continues to be one of Ontario's great annual traditions. The CNE is one of the 10 largest fairs in North America.
Following is a small sample of this year’s wacky foods. Just reading it might move you to make dentist and cardiologist appointments. You may also want to have your favorite stomach and anti-nausea remedies close at hand. Here goes:
The eclair is a mix of sweet and savoury, with a piece of steak accompanied by provolone cheese, banana slices, chocolate sauce and whipped cream – all wrapped in a donut.
s'mores fried chicken:
A southern-style fried chicken sandwich topped with roasted marshmallows, chocolate, graham cracker crumbs and a chocolate brioche bun.
For the dessert lovers:
double chocolate walnut Brownie stacked with a scoop of non-bake cheesecake, followed by a sugar cone dipped in white chocolate, followed by jolly ranchers, followed by a confetti doughnut, and surrounded with cotton candy , topped off with powdered sugar.
“Blue Jay Nest” waffle bowl, a tribute to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team:
Inside the waffle bowl is vanilla ice cream, pretzel, popcorn, caramel drizzle, cotton candy and a Bonnie+Frank's pork chop on a stick. They also have sugar-infused combinations, which include whipped cream and chocolate sauce, baseball donut.
Now, if you would prefer something more simple and straight forward, you can always get a scoop of pickle ice cream.
Are you thoroughly revolted? I am just writing about it. Crazy thing is that people actually eat this stuff.
Comments are welcomed.