Enjoy the sun! Here’s your weekend events guide for August 17 – 19, 2012.

 

Canadian National Exhibition

“Let’s go to the Ex!” When you hear this jingle, it means that the lazy days of summer are numbered, so might as well go out with a fun-filled bang! The beloved Canadian National Exhibition (CNE or The Ex), celebrates its 250th birthday, and is a traditional annual excursion for many Torontonians. Enjoy 18 days of entertainment, events, midway games, a working farm, parades, sports, shopping, Kids’ World, a three-day air show, and much more.

Oh, and the food! The Ex is a gluttonous paradise of crazy culinary concoctions. New this year includes a roster of 11 gourmet food vendors like Far East Taco (Korean-themed tacos and assorted sides), PULL’D (a selection of pulled meats and accompaniments), Vie (raw foods), Loaded Baked Potato, Just Cone It!, Dutch Frites and Sweetness Bakery. But the pièce de résistance might just be the Bacon Nation, with items like bacon, Nutella and Jack Daniels-filled sandwiches; bacon-wrapped Mars bars; bacon parfaits and ice cream sundaes; and bacon popcorn. At the Midway, enjoy returning fan favourites: deep fried butter, deep-fried Mars bars and deep-fried peanut butter-and-jelly. The good news is, Halal, dairy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free and vegan, and vegetarian options are also available at the fair. Our pick: The Food Network Celebrity Stage featuring some of today’s most talented chefs. This year’s celebrity line-up includes: Laura Calder, David Rocco, Roger Mooking, Anna Olson, Michael Smith, Chuck Hughes, and more.

Bonus: Little Nick Carter is all grown up! The former Backstreet Boy is still pursuing a solo career, and will be performing at CNE on Sunday, August 19. For more information, visit here.

General admission is $16. | August 17 — September 3 | 210 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto | theex.com | Photo source: Canadian National Exhibition

 

Mosaic Festival

Checkout Stereo Nation and Shafqat Amanat Ali, plus tons of other great artists, performing at the annual Mosaic Festival in Mississauga. This is a family-friendly festival, so bring your parents, kids, nieces and neighbours to enjoy some great visual art, music, film and dance. Our pick: A fashion show and trunk show by Indian designer mecca, Indiva.

Admission is free | August 16 – 19 | Celebration Square Mississauga, 300 City Centre Drive | cre8iv80studio.com

 

Where Shes Goes is the Jugni Style weekend events guide, curated just for you, for Toronto and Vancouver. If you have an event to share, email us at info@jugnistyle.com.

Story By: Naveen Atwal