All of the things we ate at The Ex 2019
The Canadian National Exhibition, more affectionately known as “The Ex” is akin to State Fairs in the USA. There’s wild food, carnival games, rides I mostly refuse to go on, and so much more. It takes place over the last few weeks of the summer before Labour Day and has been going on for 140 years.
I’ve attended The Ex a few times in the past, and usually our favourite part is the food. This is the time of year where vendors can debut crazy food items. Usually I’m pretty excited about that. This year, not a lot was drawing my interest. It felt like places were going wild with their food without actually making it taste good.
Anyway, here’s what we ate at The Ex.
Deep-fried Cheese Curds at the King of Curds
These are never a disappointment. We get these every year we go. They’re so delicious. You can get them with a couple different sauces, but we go for marinara. Great, now I’m craving them again.
Korean-fried Frog Legs from Farm to Fryer
This was definitely the wildest thing we got while we were there. I had never tried frog legs before. They were definitely tasty. The texture of them wasn’t that odd either. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I was eating frog, you know.
99 cent Tacos from Taqueria Burrito Bar
Like the curds, these tacos never disappoint. They are 99 cents! And they are really good!! I love them!! We really should have just gotten 12 of these. We would have been happier and it would have cost us a lot less.
Snow Crab Fries from Jake’s Seafood
I’m pretty sure I tried these a couple years ago. I like them, don’t get me wrong, they’re just not amazing. I think the thing holding me back is that I don’t love an aioli with my fries. It tends to all be a little too rich for me. The lime did a nice job of cutting that richness. The fries themselves were really good.
Jerk Pork Skewer and Al Pastor Taco from the stands in the Bandshell
A new thing this year at The Ex is a couple of stands in the bandshell having a bunch of food items available for under $6. After a disappointing trek through the food building, we were excited to go check this area out. The jerk pork was $5. I tried to get the jerk chicken, but they were out. These skewers were really tasty. The Al Pastor taco was also really good, but it was $6, and I don’t know if it was the size of a $6 taco, you know?
We didn’t take a photo of it, but Ethan got this weird taco thing where the taco shell was veal, and he got pulled pork in it. Anyway, he hated it so I didn’t bother trying it.
So that was everything we ate at The Ex.