You can get “Get Agricultured” in Toronto this fall! The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is bringing the best of the country to the city this November.
Held at Exhibition Place, the world’s largest indoor agricultural event has been an annual tradition since 1922 and attracts 300,000 visitors each year.
“Get Agricultured hits at the core of our original mandate established almost 100 years ago,” says Charlie Johnstone, CEO of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, when describing its 2018 campaign. “Everybody has an interest in gaining knowledge on food, agriculture and the richness of our environment, as well as the role these play in our lives. In many ways, The Royal is more relevant today than it’s ever been. Most importantly, it continues to offer education in one of the most memorable and enjoyable ways – through experience.”
The ten-day festival will feature 5,000 animals, 120 agricultural competitions, artisan goods and exhibits, food sampling, giant vegetables, local wines and beers, live performances, restaurants, pubs, and North America’s premier indoor equestrian event, The Royal Horse Show.
And while The Royal is indeed a wholesome family-friendly tradition, there’s plenty for 19+ crowds too. Expect to find Royal Horse Show afterparties hosted at the elusive The Tanbark Club, or get tickets ($65) for the fairs inaugural Country Music Culinary Festival presented in partnership with Boots and Hearts.
The Royal also hosts The Ontario Craft Beer & Cider Awards and will see some 40 to 50 breweries participate in the annual awards that offer ticket-holders a chance to sip and judge a variety of local brews.
“Whether it’s farm animals, equestrian sports, unique dining experiences or music performances in truly unique settings, everyone who visits The Royal ends up loving The Royal,” says Johnstone. “Our aim is to get everyone excited about agriculture and food, whether for a day, ten days or an entire lifetime.”
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair
When: November 2 to 11, 2018
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Price: General admission adult tickets are $27.50, $20 for seniors, $16 for youth and free admission for children three and younger.