THE Annual Bittersweet Sign That the End of Summer is Near. #LetsGoToTheEX #CNE #EX #ad

It’s THE annual bittersweet sign that the end of summer is near.  It’s a Toronto tradition that we always look forward to.  No need to ask me twice; I’m ready!  I’ve been going to the EX since I was little … we’re talking 5 decades !!

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With so much to see and do at the EX, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single favourite activity.  You can pick from:

  • rides
  • games
  • shows
  • shopping
  • food
  • and so much more!

I always find the time to see the animals.  Who doesn’t enjoy watching the alpacas, llamas, piglets, chicks, calves, goat, and even turkeys?  I’ve learned to have patience while parents with their small children have rushed to get the best spot to look at the animals and potentially touch them.  I think (almost can guarantee) that I am more of a child than most children when it comes to animals.  I LOVE animals!  I could watch them all day long, and I always wish I could touch them.

Shopping at the EX is always fun.   When I take a little time to shop, I always try to do a walk-through the Shoppers’ Market, the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion, the Marketplace, and the Warehouse Outlets [this is where I can do some serious damage to my wallet!].  There are many deals to be had … and many new products to discover too.

This year’s ‘Food to Try’ List is long and adventurous.  I’ll admit I’m not too adventurous when it comes to my food.  So while I thoroughly enjoyed seeing them pass in front of my eyes, I didn’t actually try any.  I’m not brave enough and I’m not embarrassed to say it.  I look forward to hearing my daughter’s opinion of them!  She definitely doesn’t have a problem trying new food; I can envision her trying a good chunk of this list.

2019 CNE New Foods:

Frozen Cookie Dough Spaghetti, Wasabi Spice Cream, Pickle Pizza, Pickle Lemonade, Tokyo Street Dog, Spicy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bacon Burger, Pho Fries, Unicorn Funnel Cake, Maple Bacon Churropop, Cheesecake Curds, Peeping Pierogi burger, BBQ Chicken Hearts, Mushroom Coffee, Japanese Soufflé Pancakes, Japanese Soufflé Pancakes, Funnel Cake Chicken Sandwich, Smouldering Fire & Ice Bowl, Gluten-Free Viet Burrito, Deep Fried Avocados Tacos, Dragon Fruit Lemonade üsensation, and Haggis Macaroni & Smoked Cheese

What’s special to note, this year, is that you can look forward to the 70th annual Canadian International Air Show!  It’s FREE with admission. You can read all about the CIAS one the CNE‘s website; however, the essential point, as CNE explains: “It’s now the largest and longest running Air Show in Canada with more a million people throughout the Greater Toronto Area watching the spectacular aerial display each year.”   In my opinion, it’s the Grand Finale to the Finale of the CNE and of summer.

There are only a few days left to visit the CNE so stop reading this post and GO !!!
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Once again, Thank You CNE for sending me!

Enter to Win Tickets to a Screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Toronto Zoo CAN 20/06



After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po travels to a secret village and meets tons of hilarious new panda friends and family members. But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

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Date: Friday, June 24, 2016


1 pm arrival

2 pm screening

Location: Toronto Zoo: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada. Screening will take place in the Wildlife Marquee, Discovery Zone


  1. To enter, leave me a comment below, telling me why you want to go, to win 1 of 2 Family Prize Packs – consisting of 4 ‘admit one’ passes to attend an exclusive screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 at the Toronto Zoo. *Parking included.

**NOTE – different blogs might have different ways of entry**


  1. Sweepstakes is open only to those in the Toronto area who can travel to the Toronto Zoo for the event on June 24
  2. Only one sweeps entry per follower
  3. Entries will be accepted up to June 20, 2016 5pm ET
  4. 2 winners will be drawn via random electronic selection process
  5. Winner is only eligible to win one prize, which must be accepted as awarded.
  6. Prizes cannot be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash. By entering this sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by these sweepstakes rules which are final and binding.

The winners will be drawn on June 20, 2016 and will be notified by email immediately.

The winners must make their way to the Toronto Zoo to pick up their passes (the day of the screening only, passes will not be available beforehand). Passes will allow full entry to the zoo before and after the screening.

*Note: Please bring ID to obtain passes.


Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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NOTE: My Bits and Bleeps will not be held liable for any potential loss, damage or undelivered status of the prize.


Katrina you are the winner!  Watch for my email. (Katrina has already won elsewhere so …) Linda, you are the winner!

Luminato Neighbourhood Food Festival #GTA #The6ix

The Luminato Neighbourhood Food Festival coming to Toronto.  It’ll be a two day backyard party food smorgasbord outside of Union Station on Father’s Day weekend, June 18-19. Admission is FREE and each dish at the festival will cost $6!

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You can’t say that there’s nothing to do that weekend.  The food festival is the perfect activity for Father’s Day with chef demonstrations taking place every hour on the hour, giant chess and Jenga games to entertain the whole family and even a “backyard bar” by Parts & Labour in case Dad gets thirsty.


Saturday, June 18

12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 19

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Chef demonstrations run on the hour, every hour from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday; DJ entertainment throughout each day.

Highlighted demonstrations include:

  • Rod Bowers (Hey Meatball), June 18, 2 p.m. – messy meatball sandwich
  • Bashir Munye (My Little Dumpling), June 18, 3 p.m. – assembling and steaming of dumplings
  • Steve Gonzalez (Valdez), June 19, 2 p.m. – smoked chicken guacamole


Outside of Union Station on Front St., from York St. to Bay St.


FREE entry to the market and chef demonstrations.
Each food dish will cost $6.