The wait is almost over. The 97th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is back in Toronto from November 1 until 10 and there is plenty of fun to go around. Here’s our insider’s guide to get the most out of your visit to Toronto.

If you’re into world-class equestrian competition, learning about locally-sourced food from the farmers themselves or getting up-close and personal to show animals, The Royal has something for the entire family to enjoy. Here are some of the best activities The Royal has to offer this year.

Chef it up

Release your inner master chef and cook alongside Canada’s finest culinary geniuses. This year, Executive Chef Simon Renaud from Hilton Quebec will be showcasing some of his favourite recipes and you can help whip up these dishes alongside him. Grab your apron and polish up your knife skills because you don’t want to miss out.

New this year

Hot Sauce

The weather is getting colder but this year, The Royal is heating things up with their Hot Sauce Competition. Sauces will be judged on originality, flavour, texture, aroma and salinity. So, if you need to spice things up a bit, be sure to turn up for this competition.

Ice Cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ICE CREAM. This year, indulge in a scoop of deliciousness at the Royal Ice Cream Competition. Judged on aroma, appearance, texture and flavour, this competition is the perfect place to grab dessert.

Ready To Eat (RTE) Meat Snacks

For all the meat lovers, this one is for you. This new competition showcases the best and tastiest versions of dry, cured, smoked and dehydrated meats. Don’t be shy, sample them all.

Made BY Me Artisan Pavilion

The holiday season is upon us and we have the perfect place to get those unique gifts. The Made By Me Artisan Pavilion is a space dedicated to local Canadian vendors to display their hand-crafted products. You will find an array of wares, ranging from woodcrafts, glass and pottery, to clothing, décor, pet products and artwork. So, check off a couple gifts on your holiday list.

The Classics

Wine & Dine

The food, oh the food. There is no better place to break bread than at The Royal. You will find a variety of delights to savour from one of eight sit-down restaurants, serving finger foods to multi-course meals. You can also check out the Craft Beer and Cider Awards for some local beverages.

The Royal Horse Show

Of course, no trip to The Royal is complete without checking out the horse shows. Along with Hunters and Show Jumpers, you will be amazed at the many different breeds of horses that make their way to Toronto from all corners of the world to compete in the show.

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