Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 20160
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair kicks off November 4th in downtown Toronto. Whether you have attended every year since you were a child or this is your first time, there is always something new and fun to experience. Here are some of the things you must do at the Royal this year.
Horse show (obviously!)
If you purchase a ticket to the evening horse shows, your general admission to the fair is included. Do not worry if you only have a general admission ticket though. You can upgrade to a horse show ticket at the fair entrances. The Royal showcases a number of disciplines from western/rodeo, dressage, hunters and jumpers, indoor eventing, and entertainment such as Sylvia Zerbini and the Canadian Cowgirls.
Even if you do not purchase a horse show ticket, you can still experience horses at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Take a walk through the barns to see the horses up close and maybe meet your favourite rider. Check out the line classes in the Horse Palace ring or grab a bite to eat at the Hitching Ring where you can watch the horses warm up while you enjoy a drink at the bar.
Agriculture affects everyone’s lives since we all have to eat! Along with the traditional foodcourt (the apple dumplings are one of my Royal traditions!), check out cooking demos from top chefs, food and drink contests such as the Royal Wine Competition, the Ontario Craft Beer Awards, and the Ontario Cider Awards.
If you love local, check out the Food Sampling Pavilion to get tastings from local farms, artisanal products and new creations. For those that like to play with their food, the butter sculpting competition is always a highlight and don’t forget to see the larger than life giant vegetables!
There are other animals besides horses at the fair. The Royal Ring of Excellence will see the world’s best livestock competing for coveted awards. Everything from cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits, fowl, and more will be on display.
New this year, KX Country presents the Royal Roadhouse. On Wednesday November 9th, get the real country road house experience complete with live entertainment featuring country/rock band Colt Walker, line dancing show, $5.00 beer & wine bar rail service and surprise guest appearances.
Country music festival Boots and Hearts is also hosting a music showcase featuring Robyn Ottolini, Jesse Gold and winner Vanessa Marie Carter. Don’t miss this free performance Saturday November 12th from 7-9pm. Only 500 wristbands are available and all you need to get one is your general admission ticket.
In the President’s Choice Animal Theatre, catch horse breed and discipline demos, the famous Superdogs, rabbit jumping, and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair mascot, Turbo the goat!
To find out more about the fair, the schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit their website at http://www.royalfair.org/.