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Review: Red River Ex Midway Eats - Night sky shot of all the wonderful rides and happy times that the Ex provides!

Night sky shot of all the wonderful rides and happy times that the Ex provides!

By: PegCity GrubJune 5, 2014 // Food Tours

Indulging in midway eats is a Red River Ex ritual. (Photo courtesy Red River Exhibition.)
Indulging in midway eats is a Red River Ex ritual. (Photo courtesy Red River Exhibition.)

Red River Exhibition
June 13 to 22, 2014
Neighbourhood: Just west of Winnipeg on Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1)
Website: redriverex.com
Twitter: @RedRiverEx
Facebook: facebook.com/redriverexhibition

Mini donuts aren't going anywhere. Neither are cotton candy, deep-fried pickles or caramel apples.

Midway food—in all its greasy, salty and sweet glory—is an essential element to the summer fair experience. And Winnipeg's Red River Exhibition doesn't monkey with tradition.

But the Ex is adding some new traditions to the mix. The Expressway, a tented area on the fairgrounds, is loaded with vendors selling healthier foods including wraps, sandwiches, salads and smoothies. The Ex introduced The Expressway in 2013 but is adding more vendors in 2014, says CEO Garth Rogerson.

"There is no shortage of food options," he says.

Indeed, about 90 food purveyors will be selling their fare on the midway. An additional 15 will be inside The Expressway. Winnipeg food trucks may also be on site too.

Gluten-free food and a wide range of ethnic cuisine including Portuguese, African, Greek and Thai are also on the midway menu too.

As Rogerson says: "We want to expand the experience."

Candy- and- caramel-coated apples at the Red River Ex. (Photo courtesy Red River Exhibition.)
Candy and caramel-coated apples at the Red River Ex. (Photo courtesy Red River Exhibition.)

Frozen yogurt fans at the Red River Exhibition. (Photo courtesy Red River Exhibition.)
Frozen yogurt fans at the Red River Exhibition. (Photo courtesy Red River Exhibition.)

Feed an ice-cold lemonade craving at the Red River Ex. (Photo courtesy Red River Exhibition.)
Feed an ice-cold lemonade craving at the Red River Ex. (Photo courtesy Red River Exhibition.)

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