Some come to the Canadian National Exhibition for the rides, others come for the shopping at the international pavilion.

But let’s not forget the food.

Concessions coordinator, Michael Knott says this year’s EX will feature, 100 vendors in the food building, and 30 on the grounds. Their biggest sellers include the ice cream waffles — seven vendors in total — and the enticing mini-treats of Tiny Tom Donuts.

“It’s a staple ... you can’t leave the EX without your donuts,” Knott says. Other staples include H. Salt Fish & Chips, the ribs at Memphis BBQ, and Montreal Deli’s smoked meat.

Of course, there will be the usual pizza and hot dog vendors, but why not try something new, like a shawarma-marinated chicken or beef served on a pita with humus, hot sauce, pickled turnips, tomatoes and onion?

If spicy foods are your thing, then try a roti stuffed with chickpeas, potatoes, or chicken, along with cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and green pepper, available at Island Foods, and Ali’s West Indian Roti Shop.

• The EX begins tomorrow and ends on Sept. 4.

new inside the ex’s food building

  • Mini Melts: Kernel-shaped morsels of ice cream. Flavours include cotton candy, mango, and cookies and cream.

  • Dippin’ Dots: Beads of ice cream. Flavours include banana split, bubble gum, lemonade, and cheesecake yogurt.

  • Bourbon St. Grill: Cajun and Creole cuisine such as shrimp étouffée, crawfish, blackened chicken and fish, jambalaya, chicken jumbo.

  • Northwest Fudge Factory: Flavours include Death By Chocolate, Rocky Road.

  • Ye Olde Fudge Pot (above photo): Varieties include vanilla, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate mint, olde English chocolate, maple nut and more.