Saturday, November 07, 2015

Toronto's Royal Winter Fair

Butter carvings and cute bunnies helped bring the country to the big city as the 93rd annual agricultural fair returns to Exhibition Place from November 6-15, 2015. Known as the Royal, the 10-day event is the world's largest combined equestrian and indoor agricultural show and gets over 300,000 visitors per year. Toronto Mayor John Tory and Turbo the goat opened the 2015 show on Friday by unveiling a welcome banner.
Turbo the goat

Located in the Canada's largest exhibition and convention setting, the Enercare Centre was divided into several areas including the Royal Horse Show, barns, exhibition and shopping and the Animal Theatre. We found out that the hefty $25 entry fee only gets you into certain areas, if you want to see the horse jumping and mini-chuckwagon racing you need to upgrade your ticket.
"The President's Choice Animal Theatre showcases and celebrates working animals in a dynamic theatre setting. Animals at work and play are the stars of the show. You will be inspired by the skills of both horse and riders in the new Spirit of the Horse presentations. You will be impressed by the talent of the border collie who will be herding sheep at his masters command. You will be amazed at the talents of Goats on the Go. This along with so much more including 4H rabbit jumping and President's Choice Superdogs means you could stay at the President's Choice Animal Theatre all day, but there's so much more to see at The Royal!"
"Highlights for The Royal's 2015 season follow after the jump.

The first 1,000 visitors on opening day will receive a free mini-butter tart made by 2014 Royal Champion Betty's Pies and Tarts ofCobourg, Ont.
Visitors who attend the opening ceremony on Friday, November 6th at noon will have a chance to sample a new Canadian-bred pear.
More than 5,000 animals will be on display including beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine, and fancy birds - all competing for the title of Royal Champion.
The President's Choice Animal Theatre will showcase the talents and contributions that working animals make to our lives with 10 hours of programming daily, including President's Choice Superdogs, Goats on the Go, Spirit of the Horse, 4-H rabbit jumping, sheep herding and Jack Russell races.
Amber Marshall, star of CBC Television's Heartland, will return to The Royal to meet fans and sign autographs on Saturday, November 7th.
New this year – four "date night" events on Monday through Thursday 6pm -11pm. Audience participation is a must at the Craft Beer Competition on Monday, November 9; Art Battle Live painting competition runs on Tuesday, November 10; Champions Day where the public can sample Royal winners in wine, cheese and preserves happens Wednesday, November 11; and the Ontario Cider Awards will be held on Thursday, November 12.
Remembrance Day at The Royal on Wednesday, November 11 will be an all-day tribute to Canadian service men and women. Learn about the key role horses and dogs played in our military efforts. Take in the Culinary Historian's presentation on entertaining in the Roaring Twenties.
The Burnbrae Farms Food & Lifestyle Stage will play host to 10 full days of food competitions and presentations including the Egg Farmers of Ontario Road to the Royal Chef Challenge and The Royal's International Invitational Chef Challenge. Don't miss special performances by Next Generation Leahy and their spectacular Irish dancing.

The a-MAZE-ing Food Journey encourages families to "play with their food" as they explore the path food takes from farm to table. Kids and parents can discover the sights, sounds, textures and even smells of what we eat. A highlight of the MAZE this year is New Millennium Farms revolution in insect farming where guests will have a chance to learn about cooking with crickets.
The Royal Horse Show, ranked North America's No. 1 indoor equine competition, has been selected as the premier venue by Equine Canada for all national championships. Crowd favourite competitions include The Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship, Longines FEI World Cup, The Royal Invitational Dressage Cup, Horseware Eventing Challenge, Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo, Weston Canadian Open and the Big Ben Challenge presented by Hudson's Bay.

Several national livestock competitions will take place at The Royal including the Masterfeeds Supreme Beef Show, Quality Seeds Supreme Dairy Champion, National Limousin Show, National Black and White Holstein Show, TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic and the East National Dairy and Meat Goat Shows."

A butter carver
Butter carving

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