THE ROYAL: Dependable as a Rooster at Dawn

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair returns to Toronto’s Exhibition Place this November 2–11. Since 1922, The Royal has brought Canada’s finest agricultural and equestrian competition to Hog Town to chase after the internationally-recognized red ribbons. But this isn’t your great grandfather’s Royal. It may not even be the same Royal you remember from the class trips of your youth.

Although The Royal is still the home of Canada’s best livestock and agricultural competition and the world’s best indoor Horse Show, it has constantly evolved for 96 years to reflect the times. At its core, The Royal is a celebration of food and how it gets to our tables. Whether your tastes lie with the traditional beef and potatoes or range more toward kale, chard, quinoa or bok choy you will find something to your liking at The Fair.

New for this year is the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy, where you can learn to cook from some of the best. Each exclusive session has a limit of 36 participants and your hands-on lesson will be conducted by chefs from some of Canada’s most reputable restaurants and faces you will recognize from the Food Network. Some of our notable chefs include Alida Solomon of Tutti Matti, Paul Navarette of Momofuku, Michael Hunter of Antler, Chopped winner Keith Hoare and even Amber Marshall, star of CBC’s long-running hit, Heartland. Pre-registration is required and a session fee applies.

Also new for this year, The University of Guelph, Canada’s pre-eminent agricultural school will be on hand to highlight the role of science and innovation in the future of Canada’s food supply. As always, there are returning favourites to enjoy: food sampling, milking demonstrations, the craft beer and cider awards, the Pizza Pizza Petting Farm, the President’s Choice Super Dogs, and of course, butter sculpting, a tradition that has been going on at The Royal for almost seventy years.

More information can be found at royalfair.org.