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Hot Date: Rural Revelry at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

There’s much ado about horses (and a whole bunch more) at “The Royal”

NOVEMBER 2 TO 11  The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair celebrates its 90th year of bringing the best of rural life to the big city. The largest event of its kind in the world, it combines a farm and livestock show with and equestrian competition, plus delicious food, giant vegetable displays, dog shows, a rodeo and more. Exhibition Place, $14 to $20, Royal Horse Show $38 to $57 and up; call 416-263-3400 or click here for more information.  —Ana Taveira

Hot Dining: Editor’s Pick: Top 5 Scenes to Savour

Hu's Asian Bistro. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Some of the city’s most popular attractions are also home to popular eats. Enjoy these local food favourites while being entertained or taking in the jaw-dropping scenery:

Buffalo Stone Cafe at FortWhyte Alive serves dishes made with fresh, local fare. After hiking the trails, admiring the buffalo and exploring the interpretive centre, sit down for a hearty bison sandwich and fresh salad made with ingredients grown on-site at Fort Whyte Farms. 1961 McCreary Rd, 989-8370.

With a bird’s eye view of Shaw Park, home of the Goldeyes baseball team, catch gameday action with pan-asian cuisine at Hu’s Asian Bistro (pictured). Crispy battered chicken coated in sticky honey soy sauce and tossed with veggies is a must try. 1 Portage Ave East, 982-7426.

Sink your teeth into a nip, a local burger legend, at Salisbury House on the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge overlooking the rushing Red River. Inside this bustling diner chain, take in the spectacular scenery  of St. Boniface, downtown and The Forks, while tucking into fries, breakfast platters or a thick slab of red velvet cake. 237-8305.

Located next to the rooftop sculpture garden at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Storm Restaurant features an incredible view of bronze sculptures created by Canadian and international artists. Wraps, sandwiches, soups and pizzas with creative ingredients are prepared fresh in this inspired space. 300 Memorial Blvd, 948-0085.

As the horses thunder around the race track at Assiniboia Downs, opt for one of the best seats in the house at The Terrace Dining Room, a tiered eatery overlooking all the excitement. An impressive international buffet, including an Angus prime rib carving station, features a plethora of classics. 3975 Portage Ave, 885-3330.

Hot Date: Royal Winter Fair Brings the Country to the City

NOVEMBER 5 TO 14 So many horses and farmers in Toronto can only mean one thing—the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is back in town. Hundreds of farmers, livestock breeders and exhibitors descend on the city for this annual extravaganza, where visitors can get a taste of rural life through such events as the giant vegetable contest, the butter sculpture display, the rousing Royal Rodeo and the famed Royal Horse Show. Exhibition Place, Ricoh Coliseum, $16 to $20; call 416-872-7777 or visit here to purchase.