ARTS, CRAFTS & HOBBIES  | JULY
With only 4 weeks until the gates open, word is spreading about the exhibiting line-up of attractions taking place at the 2016 CNE. 

This month's newsletter is bringing you important forms and new opportunities to drive sales and maximize your company's impact at this year's event. 
  • Have you submitted all of your forms? Review the checklist below and get moving! 
  • Get an edge of the competition with On-Site Branding & Promotions 
  • Are you bringing the Best Booth to the CNE? Review the Awards Criteria and make sure your in the running.
  • Review Passes, Move-in and more. 
KEY FORMS & DEADLINES    
ACTION REQUIRED 
DEADLINE
Heath & Safety Form  - Mandatory Form
DUE NOW!
DUE NOW!
Insurance Coverage Information - Mandatory Form 
 DUE NOW!
DUE NOW!

Go to theex.com to review important information and download all forms. 

Program Spotlight: Innovation Garage 

NEW at the 2016 Fair, the CNE is launching a tech and technology inspired Innovation Garage within the Enercare Centre from August 19th - 21st.

The Innovation Garage will  showcase for the latest & greatest consumer products complete with a Pitch Competition and an Innovation Playground where CNE visitors can interact with inventors and their innovations! 

Visit theex.com for more EXciting Attractions. 

Move-In & Set-up Procedures 
All Exhibitors will be Assigned a Move-In Date & Time

Vehicles are asked to report to the QE Exhibit Hall, a CNE Staff Member will be on-hand to assist and ensure that vehicles are off-loaded and exit the building in a timely manner. Limitations on the types of vehicles entering the buildings will be restriction 

Important: Vehicles will not be allowed drive-in access to the building on Thursday, August 18, 2016. All product and booth displays are to be placed on a dolly, pump truck or hand carried.  

Click here to download the ACH Move-In Questionnaire. This will help us HELP YOU plan a stress free move-in. 

Stay tuned for more information on your scheduled move-in time. 
Booth Guidelines 
Booth Rules 

It's
important that you ensure that your booth complies with the standards contained in the Booth Guidelines.

Click here to review Booth Guidelines for the Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavilion. 

IMPORTANT: All exhibitors are required to ensure products are within the confines of their booth at all times. Hanging products on booth signs is strictly prohibited. If your products are found hanging on the fascia or booth signs, you will be asked to remove it. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Food Safety Training 
Mandatory for All CNE Food Handlers 

In order to minimize the risk of food borne illness to visitors of the CNE, it is required that all food handlers participate in food safety training prior to the start of the 2016 CNE. 

Date 
Registration Time 
Presentation Time 
Tuesday, August 16 1:15pm - 2:00pm 
5:15pm - 6:00pm 
2:00pm - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Wednesday, August 17  1:15pm - 2:00pm 
5:15pm - 6:00pm 
2:00pm - 4:00pm
6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Thursday, August 18 9:15pm - 10:00pm 
1:15pm - 2:00pm 
10:00am - 12:00pm 
2:00pm - 4:00pm 

Click Here for information on our Food Safety Training Requirements. 

Click Here to review our Food Safety Training Session Dates
Booth Awards of Excellence 
Do you have the Best Booth? 

The best booth awards are designed to acknowledge creative booth designs and booths that exemplify aesthetic design and marketing excellence. 

The Booth Awards are presented in three categories and awarded in four pavilions:
1. Arts, Crafts& Hobbies Pavilion
2. Shoppers Market
3. At Home Pavilion
4. International Pavilion

The Best Booth Award is uniquely award to one booth in two sections:
1. Warehouse Outlets
2. Gourmet Kitchen
.
2016 Booth Award of Excellence Criteria 
Appearance: Booth is visibly appealing and set up to display products in a visibly pleasing manner.  Booth d├ęcor, booth tidiness, overall tidiness, overall aesthetics, display standards.
Engagement: Visitors are engaged and able to admire products on display. Active engagement, helpfulness, knowledge of product, professional dress.
Etiquette: Exhibitor complies with Booth Guidelines. Opening and closing hours, keeping aisles clear of product.
Product or Service Mix: Proper display, products that represent a specific region.(International Pavilion)

Award winners will be announced on August 29th. 
Put Your Best Booth forward. 
Getting Noticed by the Media

Each year the Canadian National Exhibition plays host to hundreds of media. Some come to cover a specific story and others come in search of a story.

The Media Relations Office at the CNE is responsible for:
  • Accrediting media to allow them access to the grounds
  • Facilitating story requests and access to exhibitors, vendors and key staff
  • Pro-actively pitching stories to the media

The media relations office is the portal to the media, and advises that you enlist their services or touch base with them about your publicity plans, instead of contacting the media directly.


If you have high resolution photos of your food or products that you can share with us, we encourage you to send them to us, so we can include them in key product-related media releases.

Media Relations Contact:
Tran Nguyen
Media Relations Director
Canadian National Exhibition, Homes PR
On-Site Branding & Promotions 

Are you looking for a way to get a leg up on the competition... stand out from the crowd... drive booth traffic or create awareness? 

Take advantage of our On-Site Branding & Promotions Program that will give your company a significant presence at the fair and capture the attention of our 1.6 million visitors.

All marketing and branding opportunities are available on a first come, first served basis.

Click here   to download the On-Site Branding & Promotions Order Form or contact Marianne Mailer at 416.263.3708 or mmailer@theex.com for more information.
Exhibitor Admission & Parking Pass Information
 
All exhibitors/concessionaires and their staff must purchase photo ID passes for daily entry access onto the CNE grounds and into buildings. No pass, no entry before 10 am! 

Photo ID and Parking Passes can also be purchased in person in the Enercare Centre, Salon 101 of Hall A (enter via the Galleria - the glass enclosed walkway) beginning Monday, August 8, 2016 and throughout the 18 day fair.

Please note, the deadline to receive the Early Bird rate is Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm and the Early Bird rate is only being accepted online. The discount will only be honoured for those exhibitors who purchased any passes prior to the deadline.

To receive your Early Bird tickets, please click here to enter your unique purchasing code. You must complete your submission online to be granted the Early Bird ticket rate.

For any questions related to exhibitor passes, please contact the Credentials Office at 416.263.3960 or ExhibitorPasses@theex.com

NOTE: You will not be permitted to pick up your passes until your Certificate of Insurance and Health & Safety Form have been submitted. 
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Official Hotel Partner

Book the CNE Package, which includes:

Package One - CNEPKG
  • Luxurious accommodations with breathtaking views of downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario
  • Valet parking for one vehicle
  • Two adult passes & two kids passes to the Canadian National Exhibition
  • Two TTC day passes
  • Rate $275.00 +HST
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Package Two - CNESPEC
  • Luxurious accommodations with breathtaking views of downtown Toronto and Lake Ontario
  • Two adult passes & two kids passes to the Canadian National Exhibition
  • Two TTC day passes
  • Rate $255.00 +HST
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The CNE Package is available for arrivals from August 18 - September 6, 2016

Conditions:
*Some restrictions apply. Dates and rates mentioned are subject to availability. Prices are in Canadian funds and do not include taxes and gratuities. Prices based on double occupancy and standard rooms, unless otherwise indicated. Subject to availability at time of booking. Cannot be used with any other promotional offer. On new bookings only. Not valid for group travel. A valid credit card is required to book and is required at check-in. All charges will be the responsibility of the guest.

Important Notice:
** In the event that travel agencies or third party housing bureaus contact you to reserve hotel space through them, please be advised that they are NOT AFFILIATED in any way with the Canadian National Exhibition Show Management, producers of the event. Please report any unauthorized solicitations to Show Management at exhibits@theex.com.

Exhibitor Assistance At Hand

The Canadian National Exhibition is pleased to provide our exhibitors access to the highest level of service through our official suppliers who are available to assist you with your requests and needs.

Importing Goods? If you are bringing merchandise into Canada, a customs broker can determine the proper customs tariff classifications, duties and taxes payable for your goods. They will facilitate the clearance of your goods through customs, prepare and file the necessary custom forms and arrange for payment of duties. There is a brokerage fee for this service.

Need to get your products across the border? Our Official Customs Broker - TWI Group - is available to assist. Contact Zaza Vili at zvili@twigroup.com or Pat D'Alessandro at pdalessandro@twigroup.com for all of your custom broker needs. Visit www.twigroup.com or call 905.812.1124 for more information.

Are you Insured? As a condition of exhibiting, you are required to have insurance coverage for your booth against theft, damage and personal injury. The CNE has appointed ExhibitorInsurance.com as the recommended insurance contractor for exhibitors. Visit www.exhibitorinsurance.com or call 905.695.2971 for details.