There’s always a silver lining, and in this case, it’s edible. News of the CNE 2020 cancellation may have been a huge let down for Torontonians, but don’t fret. You can still get delicious fried fair food from some of the exhibition’s most popular vendors and they’re so drool-worthy. 

You won’t be mingling on the midway this year, but all is not lost.

Wandering through the massive food market and sampling outrageous menu items is half of the fun of going to The Ex, right? 

From rainbow grilled cheeses to squid on a stick, dill pickle lemonade and more, there’s a treat to satisfy everyone’s tastebuds. 

That’s why we tracked down past CNE vendors in the Toronto area to see who was still open for business.

This year's cancellation was officially announced on May 12. It's only the second time in its history that the event has been called off.

But don’t let get you down. If we can’t go to The Ex, let’s bring The Ex to us!

Pacho's Bakery

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Churros

Address: Multiple Toronto locations

Why You Need To Go: You might not be able to order those iconic CNE rainbow grilled cheeses anymore, but the bakery who presented them has a bunch of extravagant churro desserts available for pickup and delivery.


Fuwa Fuwa

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Japanese pancakes

Address: Multiple Toronto locations

Why You Need To Go: These jiggly pancakes never disappoint! Luckily, you can get them delivered straight to your door.


Eva's Chimneys

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Ice cream

Address: 454 Bloor St. W, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: An ice cream cone made of donuts? No wonder these treats are a big hit at the fair. While those cones are currently unavailable, this spot is still offering pints of their delicious ice cream for delivery.


Alijandro's Kitchen

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Mediterranean-Mexican street food

Address: 4070 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: These incredible "fawaffle" cones taste just like falafel and come stuffed with all kinds of savoury ingredients. Food just tastes better in a cone, doesn't it?


feasTO

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Dumplings

Address: Online

Why You Need To Go: This delicious dumpling food truck may not be parked next to the midway this year, but don't fret. You can order frozen dumplings from here to prepare at home.


Sweet Jesus

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Ice cream

Address: 4841 Yonge St., North York, ON

Why You Need To Go: The desserts at Sweet Jesus are always a delight and you can order a bunch of them online. From shakes to cakes and so much more.


Get Your Own Taters

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Tots

Address: 255 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, On

Why You Need To Go: Are you going to eat your tots? If not, we will because these tater tot concoctions look so drool-worthy, even Napolean Dynamite would be jealous. 


Queen Arepa

Price: 💸💸💸

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Address: 369 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: According to a post on the Queen Arepa food truck's Instagram, you can still order their mouth-watering empanadas on Uber Eats from a place called Bar Bacan. We'll take a dozen, please. 


Philthy Philly's

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Sandwiches

Address: 960 Southdown Rd., C12, Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you tried an Italian Stallion at the CNE last year, then you know this sandwich is basically a three-course meal. But there's so much more on the menu for you to try as well.


HK Station

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Seafood

Address: 1510 Drew Rd. Unit#1, Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: If squid on a stick is your cup of tea, then this spot has you covered. You can order squid tentacles and more for delivery.


Beaver Tails

Price: 💸💸

Cuisine: Beaver Tails

Address: 145 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: What's fair food without a few Beaver Tails, am I right? The Toronto Waterfront location has started offering curbside pickup.


Chickee Kone

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Asian Fusion

Address: 335 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Fried chicken in a waffle cone? You know we're excited about this one. And you can get them delivered straight to your doorstep. Yum!


San Franceso Foods

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Italian

Address: Multiple Toronto locations

Why You Need To Go: If you loved the crispy veal taco shells from last year's CNE, then you'll love the original sandwich just as much. 


 

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