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  • Top 10 Under 40 (5/23/2019) -       Continue Reading
  • Livestock Traceability Information (4/17/2019) - CAFE is working closely with industry stakeholders on livestock traceability as it pertains to fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies. We understand that the current and proposed changes are not only potentially a financial and administrative burden to you, but also raise concerns of health and safety. As the majority of fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies… Continue Reading
  • ENTER OUR LOVEAFAIR CONTEST (4/2/2019) - Help us foster the next generation of leaders in the fair industry by participating in this contest! The Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) is a charitable organization committed to fostering excellence through innovative leadership with partners and key stakeholders, providing meaningful resources, collaborating to increase national awareness and ensuring a sustainable future for… Continue Reading
  • CAFE WELCOMES THE FEDERAL BUDGET AS POSITIVE FIRST STEPS (3/20/2019) - March 20, 2019 (Brandon, MB) – The Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) is pleased to see one of their recommendations to the Federal Finance Committee has been implemented. Last fall, CAFE provided recommendations to the Federal Finance Committee for consideration to support fairs and events across Canada. After the release of the 2019… Continue Reading
  • NATIONAL AWARDS CELEBRATES BEST IN THE FAIR INDUSTRY (11/29/2018) - BANFF, AB | November 22, 2018 – The Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) is pleased to announce this year’s award winners. Each year, CAFE accepts nominations for several awards to recognize leaders in the fair industry. A panel of judges evaluates the submissions and selects the winners. “There were several highly qualified submissions… Continue Reading
  • 10 of the Most Insane Fair Foods You Could Find At Your Local Fair (8/24/2018) - It seems like every year, fair food is getting more and more creative. Whether it is a deep-fried-junk-food-on-junk-food or a previously seemingly inedible food, fair concessioners have been keeping our tummy's on our toes! Read below to find out what you can expect to be eating at next year's fair (or this year's fall fair).… Continue Reading
  • Amusement Device Safety Regulations (6/18/2018) - An Update on ASTM and CSA Amusement Device Safety Regulations Across Canada by CAFE representatives. Would you like to know more how your province’s safety standards may be affected by the ASTM? Are you curious about licensing practices as they shift from province to province? Read on! Alberta Ontario British Columbia Saskatchewan Manitoba Quebec Nova… Continue Reading
  • Federal Bill concern for fairs, exhibitions and events (4/23/2018) - Subject: Bill S-228: An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (prohibiting food and beverage marketing directed at children), a.k.a. Child Health Protection Act Dear fairs, exhibitions and agricultural societies, Over the past several months, the Canadian Association of Fairs and Exhibitions (CAFE) has been pursuing conversations with the Federal Government in regards to the… Continue Reading
  • CAFE secures decision on recorded music tariffs (9/26/2017) - CAFE and partners secure positive decision on recorded music tariffs at live events On September 1, the Copyright Board of Canada certified eleven tariffs, two of which CAFE and our partners negotiated to protect the rights of fairs and exhibitions. Re:Sound has been negotiating these fees with CAFE for more than four years. Working with… Continue Reading
  • Russell Fair: Special Needs Program (9/7/2017) - Russell Fair is looking forward to celebrating its second annual Special Needs Day at their fair this year. Reeann Slater, a new director at the start of this initiative, who was looking for a way to contribute to her local fair, brought the idea forth. “My Special Needs Day at the fair all started 3… Continue Reading
  • CAFE Work Exchange Diaries (8/10/2017) - Gloria Robinson from Brome County Agricultural Society in Quebec visits the Calgary Stampede through the C.A.F.E. Work Exchange program. Learn more about her experience in the slideshow below. Continue Reading
  • Get Involved: CAFE Levy (6/30/2017) - The C.A.F.E. Levy has become an important part of our organization. The long and short of it is that concessionairs who are not members of C.A.F.E. are obliged to pay a fee of $25 at participating fairs and exhibitions. The fairs and exhibitions then submit these funds to C.A.F.E. after their event. If your event… Continue Reading
  • The Capital Fair (4/19/2017) - The Capital Fair: a Bit of Courage and a Leap of Mutual Faith Like many regional Ontario municipalities, 2001 heralded the national capital region amalgamation and the disappearance of the City of Gloucester. Suddenly, the Gloucester Fair was without a community. Having just moved from its urban arena site to a more spacious rural location… Continue Reading
  • BEHIND THE SCENES: Kidomo (4/19/2017) - We had the opportunity to interview Nancy McFatter, Founder|President of Kidomo Inc. Thank you for the privilege and opportunity to share a little bit more about Kidomo with our great partners within the CAFE family. We are proud to be part of an industry which shares the same values, integrity, loyalty, respect and who genuinely… Continue Reading
  • 5 online contest ideas (4/19/2017) - By Jodi Buresh, Saffire Whether you are a big fair or a small fair, online contests can drive engagement to your event at a minimal cost.   I have seen many that have worked well and many that have failed miserably. The most successful contests are usually very simple ideas, while the contests that fail are… Continue Reading
  • Learning from fair friends (4/19/2017) - By Christina Franc   Several fairs in Quebec have taken a page out of the C.A.F.E. book and developed an informal exchange program amongst themselves this past summer. Bedford Fair, Brome Fair, Expo Ormstown and Expo Trois-Rivières each sent members to one another’s fairs to have a hands-on volunteer experience. Each person who participated said… Continue Reading
  • Celebrate Canada’s 150th (4/9/2017) - Citizens across the country are glowing with pride as we celebrate the birth of our nation 150 years ago! Likewise, our members are looking for ways to celebrate this wonderful occasion! CAFE is here to help with 15 different ideas to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Here's something that came across our desk from the Confederation Centre of… Continue Reading
  • CAFE Awards 2016 CAFE Award Winners (11/25/2016) - Congratulations to all our award winners this year. 2016 CAFE Innovation Award The Interior Provincial Exhibition from Armstrong, British Columbia won the 2016 CAFE Innovation Award for for their new initiative  using  a 52 person Volunteer “Compost Crew” from a local school to divert 6910 pounds of food and organic waste from their landfill. This… Continue Reading