08/15/2012 05:16 EDT | Updated 08/17/2012 04:11 EDT

The Ex Food: Which Deep-Fried, Bacon-Riddled Creations Would You Try?

Rebecca Zamon

There is no such thing as halfway at the Canadian National Exhibition.

As the Toronto institution opens for its 134th year on August 17th, the crowds will flood through The Princes' Gates to experience the blaring lights, the temporary roller coasters, the carnival games -- and of course, the food.

Long one of the favourite attractions at the CNE, this year's culinary offerings have attempted to one-up even past years' deep-fried butter and the 1,550-calorie Krispy Kreme burger (though both will still be available this year).

Special events on the food side of things include a Food Truck Frenzy from August 24 to 26, building on the city's current love for food trucks and featuring almost 20 different mobile offerings, and Ribfest almost every day in Bandshell Park.

But as everyone knows, the artery-clogging, 'don't make me go on that ride now' kind of food is found in the Food Building, and this year's choice of consumable heart attacks are doing their best to make you want to wait until 2013 to do it all over again. Check out these dishes, and see if you're not salivating by the end.

Food At The CNE