The Canadian National Exhibition is a huge fairground that celebrates summer’s end every year the last two weeks of August in the city of Toronto. At the CNE, you will find rides galore, win a stuffed toy for your sweetheart, have your fortune told in a large purple velvet tent, likely by a woman named Madame Voula or guess the weight of the world’s heaviest man (although, I don’t think they do this one anymore. Not exactly PC.) This event brings back that retro feeling when life was simple. Couples hold hands, kids eat cotton candy or hotdogs, and men yell, “step right up!” as they try to entice you to buy or try whatever is being promoted, all while circus type music is heard in the background. The air is thick with the aroma of ice-cream and fried foods. You may spot a clown on stilts, or a dog with a ruffly collar. To sum it up, I love it! Oodles of fun for the entire family and a traditional staple of summer in the city. The CNE is also known for the oddest junk food, truly testing your palette. Let’s see, last year they boasted deep fried bacon covered mars bars, deep fried butter, yep, just deep fried butter. This year’s feature must-try was the cronut burger. What the heck is a cronut burger pray tell? Let me enlighten you. The cronut burger is half burger, half donut. The typical burger buns are replaced with deep fried donut/croissant. Now, I’m all for treating oneself. I’m the first to line up at the crowded funnel cake booth with a huge smile on my face. Yup, doesn’t take much to impress me, but this is ridiculous. Deep fried donuts, burger patties and cheese! How can you be so cruel to your stomach and digestive track? All this fat and cholesterol cannot be okay. Well, sure enough folks started getting ill after eating the cronut. One man reported vomiting profusely, had stomach cramps and severe diarrhea. Another person reported a high fever and feelings of lethargy. The cronut station has currently closed up shop at the CNE, pending an investigation by public health concerning food handling, a possible outbreak of food poisoning and thorough kitchen inspection. “Step Right up folks, and become ill while raising your cholesterol sky high.”
Yeah, I think I’ll stick with my funnel cake.
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