Agriculture Competitions

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Who will be this year’s Royal Champions?

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is Canada’s premier showcase for excellence in livestock, crops and food.

This will be a historic and unprecedented year in the livestock barns as nearly every breed – large and small – will be hosting their national competition at The 2023 Royal.

Four of the nine food competitions (cheese, butter, ready-to-eat meats and ice cream) will take place in June 2023 to ensure inseason judging. The jams and jellies, hot sauce, pickling, maple products and the everpopular butter tart competitions will continue to take place in September. You can expect to see the Royal Champions in all these competitions integrated into various restaurants, hospitality and digital initiatives at this year’s Fair.

 Join this proud Royal tradition and enter your food item at the 101 Fair.

The 2023 Royal Food Competitions is proudly supported by The Government of Ontario.

President's message

Ray Stanton, President and Chairman of The Board

Welcome to the 2023 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.


The barns are being fitted to welcome over 5,000 livestock competition animals as they vie to be named the next Royal Champion.  Additionally, we anticipate receiving over 1,000 entries in the Royal Food Competitions.  Be sure to drop by The Royal Champion Showcase in Heritage Court to sample some magnificent Royal Champion products. Royal Champion food exhibitors will be on hand to sample their winning products and share their stories and expertise. 


Investments made in 2022 will continue to positively impact exhibitor and attendee experience, including new cattle stalls, all new signage and more.  The Royal strives to evolve its competitions to best celebrate Canadian livestock breeders, growers, and agri-food purveyors.  As such, in 2023, The Royal welcomes the exhibitors of the new Speckled Park Beef Show and the Alpaca Ontario Halter Show to its competition schedule.


After a successful 100th Anniversary event in 2022, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is well-positioned to continue its mission to bring world class competition to Toronto into its second century.  To build on The Royal’s strong representation and growth, we ask that you be our ambassadors and voices within your own communities, and we encourage you to bring a friend who has not experienced the magic of the Fair, to the event this November.  Show them what happens when ‘the Country Comes to the City”.


Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will make this 101st year an unforgettable celebration of all that is exceptional in Canadian agriculture and food.

Ray Stanton

President and Chair

Royal Agricultural Winter Fair