The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair brings ag education to Toronto
By Top Crop Manager
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair new campaign “Get Agricultured” provides attendees with an opportunity to learn more about food, agriculture and our environment. Tickets are now on sale and the fair will take place at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ont. from November 2 to 11.
The Royal will have its traditional line-up of activities and features including 5,000 animals, 120 agricultural competitions, artisan cheese, giant vegetables, Ontario wines and beers, live performances, art, food sampling, various restaurants and pubs and its indoor equestrian event, The Royal Horse Show. Family geared activities will be in the “Ag-Tivity Central” and the President’s Choice Animal theatre which offers exhibits such as Birds of Prey, Rabbit Jumping, Sheep-Herding, Medieval Times performances, Australian Horseman Guy McLean, the Toronto Mounted Police, Beginner Horsecraft and the President’s Choice SuperDogs.
Every year, The Royal builds-out a variety of temporary restaurants that feature local chefs, regional ingredients and food specialties including The Royal Court Restaurant, Bullpen Saloon and Heritage Court Cafe. Other recent or new additions to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair include:
The Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy
The Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy will offer interactive cooking classes everyday with Canadian chefs including Jamie Kennedy (Kennedy Kitchens), Rob Gentile (Buca), Michael Hunter (Antler) and Alida Solomon (Tutti Matti). Available on a first-come-first-served basis, the classes will focus on seasonal, local and sustainable gastronomy, and will include very specific details on where our food comes from. Each class runs one hour and holds seating for 36 participants. Tickets to The Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy are an additional $20 per session and can be purchased at RoyalFair.org.
The Country Music Culinary Festival
Country music performer Tim Hicks, alongside The Washboard Union, Tebey and Madeline Merlo, will perform on Thursday, Nov. 1 and tickets are available for purchase.
The Ontario Craft Beer & Cider Awards
Some 40 to 50 breweries will participate in the annual Ontario Craft Beer and Cider Awards. Held November 9, guests are able to sip and judge a variety of brews from best dark beer to best cider. Tickets to the awards are $30 and include Fair admission after 4PM.