The countdown is on and there are only 10 days left until the CNE opens its gates and welcomes our guests to experience all of the fun, thrills and excitement the fair has to offer. 


As you are preparing to bring your best, be sure to review the Food Building Kit posted on to ensure a successful CNE!


All Food Building Forms are now overdue. If you have not already done so, please review and submit the mandatory forms below: 


Food Transportation Manifest 

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In an effort to ensure that all Concessionaire equipment (commercial cooking equipment; grills, fryers etc.) PASS INSPECTION by the TSSA, ESA, Fire Marshall and for Gas to be turned by Enbridge Gas; it is imperative that all commercial cooking appliances be located under the exhaust and fire protection systems in conformance with NFPA 96 'Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations'.

The use of residential equipment (stoves/ovens) and table-top cooking appliances using hydrocarbon portable canisters [such as butane] are prohibited.


THE ANNUAL INSPECTION OF ALL EQUIPMENT IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 14, 2015.  Equipment not in place for this scheduled inspection will require to make alternate arrangements for a subsequent inspection, and will be at your sole cost


Only once the inspection has been complete and it meets all related NFPA and TSSA conformances, Enbridge Gas will activate gas lines and pilot lights.

It is equally important to note; that Ecologizers (temporary exhaust hood systems) must be approved in advance by the CNEA prior to installation. As referenced earlier this year, the CNEA will not accept any new additions of ecologizers to the building, this is in part due to the excessive electrical capacity and load. Any identified equipment that has not been approved by the CNEA will be removed.

Extinguishers for commercial cooking equipment wet chemical or alkali-based dry chemical portable extinguishers shall be provided to protect commercial cooking equipment, and in conformance with NFPA 10 'Portable Fire Extinguishers'. Class K Fire Extinguishers are required and present for the August 14, 2015 inspection - please ensure this is visible and accessible for the Inspection.


Equipment or Material Disposal

It is the responsibility of each concessionaire to dispose of any unwanted or unused equipment or material within their booths. The CNE will not be held responsible to dispose or provide a bin for removal of any products, equipment or material. 

An administration fee will be charged to all Food Concessionaires for the removal of any unidentified equipment. If it's yours, claim it! 

Boost Your Brand & Booth Traffic with Exhibitor Promotional Packages and Sponsorships!

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  NEW Marketing and Branding Opportunities  that will give your company a significant presence at the fair and capture the attention of our 1.4 million visitors. 

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

Click here to download the Exhibitor Marketing & Branding Order Form or contact Sarah Miele at 416.263.3718 or for more information.

There is more than one way to participate - We offer affordable options!
Food Safety Training Session 
Mandatory for All CNE Food Handers 

In order to minimize the risk of foodborne illness to visitors of the CNE, it is required that all food handlers particpate in food safety training prior to the start of the 2015 CNE. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 
2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 
2:00pm - 4:00pm 
6:00pm - 8:00pm 
Thursday, August 20, 2015 
10:00am - 12:00pm 
2:00pm - 4:00pm 

There is no cost to attend. 

Click here for more information | Click here for training session information
Admission & Parking Passes   

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 10am!

Photo ID and Parking Passes can be purchased in person in the Enercare Centre, Salon 105 of Hall A (enter via the Galleria - the glass enclosed walkway) beginning Tuesday, August 10, 2015 and throughout the 18 day fair.

Online Exhibitor Pass Orders
If you have used the online service to purchase passes, an order confirmation will be sent to your email. Please print this confirmation and bring it with you to Salon 105 of the Enercare Centre to pick up your passes.

Remember that we will once again be using a photo ID system and all exhibitors are required to show proof of identification prior to redeeming a CNE photo ID voucher.

Click here for CNE Pass Office Hours

If you have any questions please contact Kateryna Volokitina at / (416) 263-3960.
Food Building Move-In Process

To ensure an effective and efficient move-in, the CNE has implemented a specific MOVE-IN PROCEDURE for the 2015 Canadian National Exhibition, in part due to site access restrictions and controlled access due to traffic congestion, ensuring proper planning and health & safety regulations. 

All concessionaires and their staff, suppliers and vendors DRIVING on to the grounds to assist in the set-up of your concession booth MUST display the approved MOVE IN ACCESS PASS.

Please ensure that your staff, suppliers and support teams display this pass in their dashboards at all times while accessing the Exhibition grounds during move in.

ACCESS PASSES were mailed to you last week.  If you require additional passes, they will be made available to you in the Food Building, by the Superintendent of the building. Please see Donn, Peter, Tom or Heather in the Superintendent's office, while supplies last.

Click here review the detailed move-in process.

Vehicle Parking at the Food Building 

If you are delivering equipment or booth material, please pull up to Door 61 located on Manitoba Drive, complete your drop off and remove your vehicle immediately and park across from the Food Building under the Gardiner Expressway. It is strictly prohibited to park along Manitoba Drive
Trade Service Calls 

Concessionaires will be charged $85 minimum per hour plus the cost of materials for repairing electrical problems due to equipment deficiencies and/or overloading. The same applies for all plumbing related issues; poorly installed sinks or leaks and/or any related HVAC or Gas requirements during CNE Move In, Event Dates and Move Out. 

All trouble calls will be tracked and logged and you will be invoiced accordingly for the work that was incurred in your booth. An invoice will be presented to you by Exhibition Place for immediate payment. 

We strongly urge you, if you require extensive work or additions to be completed by any of the Exhibition Place Trades, that you arrange an appointment in advance to ensure that your needs are met and proper estimates are quoted and invoices are paid in advance. 

The CNEA will not be held responsible for costs associated  with your lack of planning.

Food Product Delivery and Transportation Standards 

In order to ensure the safe movement of food products to and from the CNE Food Building, the control measures listed below will take effect beginning August 17th and require your attention and full cooperation.

Food Service Deliveries

All concessionaires must provide a scheduled list of all products expected. A description of the products (Cold, Frozen, Hot or Dry or Shelf Stable) expected must be entered into the  attached template and submitted daily to Jeannette Mintz at

Westin Harbour Castle  
Official Hotel Partner of the CNE

The Canadian National Exhibition Package includes:
- Luxurious accommodations
- Breakfast for two in the Lobby Café (CAD $10 value)
- Two adult tickets to the CNE (CAD $36 value)

Available for arrivals from Aug. 14 - Sept. 9, 2015
Rate of CAD $199* per night + taxes (based on availability)


Reserve a Standard Room
Rate of CAD $149* per night + taxes (based on availability)

Click here to book online or call 1-866-716-8101 and reference rate plan CNEPKG for our package or CNESPEC for our room rate only.

*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
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.

Are you Insured? As a condition of exhibiting, you are required to have insurance coverage of 5 million dollars for your Concession Booth against theft, damage and personal injury.

The CNE has appointed as the recommended insurance contractor for exhibitors. Visit or call 905.695.2971 for details.