The Country Music Culinary Festival

New for 2018, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has partnered with Boots and Hearts Presents to launch The Country Music Culinary Festival.

The main feature of the Festival is the first stop on the Tim Hicks “Get Loud” tour presented by Boots and Hearts which takes place Thursday evening at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto. Canadian country music icon and Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase alum, Tim Hicks, will be joined by The Washboard UnionTebey and Madeline Merlo. The following night, on Friday, The Royal will feature the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase, which highlights new Canadian country artists. In addition, Horse Show attendees will be treated to a short set from some incredible Boots and Hearts talent. Stay tuned for more details on the culinary portion of the program, but you’ll have a chance to take a cooking lesson from a notable chef at the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy, another new feature attraction this year.  

Tickets are just $65. All ages.

Tim Hicks has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to Unison Fund and their work providing counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

In Partnership With

Boots and Hearts Emerging Artists Showcase

Supported by KX Country

Friday, November 2

Check out Canada's best up and coming Country artists on the OLG Entertainment Stage and visit with the Boots and Hearts street team for the chance to win exciting prizes. FREE with general admission to the Fair.

Craft Beer & Cider Awards

Ontario Craft Beer Awards

Continue The Royal celebrations by trying Ontario’s best crafted beers and ciders while enjoying delicious samples prepared by Chef Jamie Meireles from Str8fire Hospitality fresh off The Big Green Egg grill. Close out or start off your Friday night with us and musical guests along with a few surprises.

Ticket includes: 1 sample glass, 5 sample tickets, access to sampling over 40 of Ontario’s best craft breweries, Big Green Egg meats, local cheese tasting by Gay Lea, live entertainment, special guests, prizes and general admission to the Fair after 4pm. (Location - Semex Ring of Excellence). Price is $30 (incl. HST. service fee extra).


OLG Entertainment Stage

Check out live entertainment and special events on the OLG Entertainment Stage each day located in Heritage Court. Come see local artists display their talents and be sure to catch Kris Barclay, this year’s Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist winner on opening day, or sample some delicious cheeses, tarts and jams during Champions Day presented by Rootham Gourmet Preserves.

This is our 5th year in a row and keep loving it. Great family time together and even with our kids older now they still enjoy being together. Well produced and organized.

— Florida

Amber Marshall

Nov. 10 & 11, 2018

Amber Marshall, star of CBC's Heartland returns to The Royal this November. Join Amber as she guest MC's the matinee performance of the Rodeo on Sun, Nov. 11 at 1pm. BUY TICKETS early.

Meet Amber in person on November 10. She signs starting at 1pm and wristbands are available starting at 10am in the Royal Paddock.

Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo

Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo brings together the best bull, saddle bronco and bareback riders as well as barrel racers from across the country.

Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1pm

The Royal K9-Equine Relay

Nov. 10, 2018 at 1pm

This is a partnership of an International Rider/horse paired with a PC® SuperDog®. Each member of the team goes around their respective course – horses over horse jumps and dogs around dog obstacles. The fastest combined time wins. It's a fast and fun event for the whole family.

President’s Choice® Animal Theatre

The whole family will love the Birds of Prey, Sheep-Herding, Medieval Times, Australian Horseman Guy McLean, The Toronto Mounted Police, Beginner Horsecraft, and of course, everyone’s favourite President's Choice® SuperDogs®. FREE with general admission to the Fair.

Square Dancing

The Final Sunday is filled with fiddle music as sets of 8 take the stage to compete in the Square Dancing competition. With entries both young and old this traditional dance gets its time in the spotlight each year at The Royal.

Join us for McDonald’s Family Day where you and your family can hear a live reading from the Happy Meal Book authors of “In the Tree House” and “A Horse Named Steve”. McDonald’s will be giving away prizes all day at their selfie stations, and don’t miss the McDonald’s Family Day Matinee Horse Show featuring the K9 Equine Challenge.

See you on Saturday Nov. 10th

My 13 year old daughter and I visited The Royal Fair for the first time and we had a blast. From the best in class cattle, the goats, pigs and sheep to the grand finally for us which was the Weston Canadian Open. The day was fantastic. Would I recommend The Royal? ABSOLUTELY!!!

— Kimbola

Butter Sculptures

Butter Sculpting open to students enrolled in art programs. An unusual and slippery medium but the artists always manage to evoke the farm fresh fun atmosphere of The Royal each year.