It’s nearly winter here in Toronto, and while that thought usually makes me cringe (my upbringing in Seattle has not prepared me for central Canadian phenomena like ice and snow), there is one thing I love about this season: The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Held annually at the Exhibition Place downtown, The Royal is the largest indoor agricultural fair/equestrian competition combination in the world. If international horse competitions aren’t your thing, that’s okay — there are dozens of family-friendly things to do at the Royal this year!
First, the food: The fare (pardon the pun!) at The Royal is spectacular. Dishes this year include mouth-watering combinations of foods like sweet potato fries, apple-cider vinegar cole slaw, pulled pork, and hot apple dumplings. Take a stroll through the fair to admire giant butter sculptures or overgrown vegetables. And there are plenty of free samples to try, so come hungry! For interested Toronto foodies, featured chefs from the Food Network will host The Royal’s chef competition on November 10th.
Next, take your kids to fun shows like the President’s Choice SuperDogs or Rabbit Jumping — dogs and rabbits will jump through hoops and traverse miniature obstacle courses, with shows happening most days this week.
Kids will also love the travelling science centre, petting zoo, horse and mechanical bull rides, and milking station featured at The Royal this year. A chick incubation exhibit is an annual favorite with young children as well.
Adults can enjoy the wine tasting bar and shopping opportunities at The Royal. Arts, crafts, housewares, gourmet food, and clothing will all be available for purchase.
The whole family can enjoy the daily rodeo shows, or exhibits by international breeders, growers, and equestrians.
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair runs until Sunday, November 11th. Tickets are available here: http://www.royalfair.org/
Hope to see you there!