Experience Guide

Queen’s Plate at Home Experience

Get the most out of your #QueensPlate at home experience with the following tips, recipes and party ideas!

And, make sure to watch ‘How to Queen’s Plate’ right here!


  • 161st Running of the Queen’s Plate
  • Three-Year-Olds
  • 1:00 PM
  • 5:41 PM
  • One (1) Mile & One (1) Quarter
  • Main Track – Tapeta
  • Izvestia (2:01.4)
  • $1,000,000
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  • TSN & CTV (4:30 PM to 6:00 PM)

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Chef’s Special

Impress your guests with modern, mouth-watering fare fit for The Queen with our chef-inspired recipes that can easily be made at home!

Harvest Salad

This Brunch Harvest Salad features a variety of local seasoned vegetables topped with farm eggs and Smoked Steal Head Salmon and finished with a Champagne Vinaigrette. Served individually plated for each guest to enjoy their own. Pair it with a chilled glass of bubbly to celebrate.

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  • 1 head butter/bib lettuce
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup green beans, trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cup whole pickled beets, halved
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 4-6 softened boiled eggs, halved
  • 8-12 slices of smoked steal head salmon slices

Champagne Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grainy dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp capers, drained from their brine
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper + extra for garnish


To make vinaigrette, whisk all ingredients together and set aside.

To assemble salad, divide lettuce leaves on individual salad plates, about 3 to 4 leaves.

  • In a large bowl, mix together tomatoes, beans, onions, pickled beets and olives.
  • Divide salad mixture on top of lettuce and top with salmon pieces and eggs.
  • Drizzle each salad with vinaigrette and serve.

Chef Tips

This salad is versatile so you can add any fresh vegetables you enjoy. Substitute salmon for tuna or even your favourite white beans. Eggs served in this recipe were boiled for 7 minutes. For a jammier yolk, boil for 5-6 minutes and for a hard boil 8-10.


Farm-To-Table Gazpacho

Gazpacho is simple to make, refreshing and a delicious way to enjoy the seasons best. Serving it in rimmed cocktail glasses not only gives it an elegance but makes in COVID friendly for each guest to enjoy in their own glass. Serve each gazpacho with a side of cherry tomato, cucumber slices and celery for guests to garnish.

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  • 1 kg very ripe tomatoes, cut in quarters
  • 1/2 ripe red bell pepper, deseeded roughly chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium English cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 white or sweet onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 7 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil + extra for drizzle
  • 4 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
  • 15-6 ice cubes (optional)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground pepper


  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cumbers cut in 1/4 inch rounds
  • Celery stalks with leaves


Add the tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, onion and garlic in a large bowl. Toss with olive and sherry vinegar. Cover and refrigerate over night.

Add mixture with juices into a food processor and blend until smooth.

To rim cocktail glasses, place lemon juice on plate, mix salt and pepper on another plate. Dip rim of glass into lemon juice and then into the salt and pepper mixture to rim glasses.

Strain the mixture through a fine sieve, then cover and refrigerate until chilled. If you don’t have time to chill it, simply add the ice cubes and and blend until smooth.

Divide in rimmed glasses and drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with tomato, cucumber and celery and serve cold.

Chef Tips

If you’re feeling creative, try to substitute the cucumber and mix in some watermelon, or peaches! You can also add half of a granny smith apple to the mixture, or dice it and serve as a garnish.

To give your Gazpacho a cocktail twist, stir in a shot of Vodka

For a thicker texture without straining, process longer in the blender for an even more smoother consistency.

Leftover pulp can be simmered for 20 minutes and tossed with pasta. For future use, store in freezer and add to soups, stews or pasta sauces.

SERVINGS 4-6 | PREP & COOK TIME 30 mins + overnight for chilling.

Farm To Table Individual Charcuterie Boards

One of the most popular ways to entertain and celebrate, has to be serving a beautiful charcuterie board for your guest to have a variety to nibble on. These individual charcuterie are just as beautiful and so versatile. You can customize them per your guest or your palette, meat lovers, vegetarian or even vegan. In season and local just doesn’t mean our veggie and fruit farmers, we have so many other local farmers and artisans that provide us with so much goodness.

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Farm To Table Individual Charcuterie Boards


Roasted pork neck
Roasted turkey breast
Beef sausages
5 year aged cheddar
Smoked Oka cheese
Gorgonzola cheese
Mini bocconcini balls
Carrot sticks
Green and yellow green beans trimmed
Mini grapes
Peach, cut in 1/2 inch wedges
Fresh basil leaves
Smoked honey
Grainy mustard
Thinly sliced baguette

Cannellini Bean Dip:

398 ml can of cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large garlic clove
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley finely chopped


To make bean dip, in a blender or food processor, add beans, olive oil, garlic and lemon juice. Puree until creamy. Place in bowl, add parsley and season with salt and pepper. Place in refrigerator until ready to use.

To assemble board, skewer one bocconcini ball, followed by a fresh basil leaf, peach wedge, basil leaf and then another bocconcini ball. Drizzle with smoked honey.

Add bean dip in mason jar and place carrots and beans inside.

Arrange all your ingredients on the individual boards and let each guest serve themselves.

Chef Tips

Servings per person 3 oz of each cheese and meat plus the accompaniments.

Cut meats and cheeses in bite size squares and serve with small fork for simple and less mess eating.

Serve cheese, fruit and herbs on small skewers for a delicious flavour combination.

Use fresh baguette instead of crostini to avoid breaking and crumbling.

Serve dips in mini mason jars with cut seasonal vegetables inside to make more room for additional nibbles on your board and make for a pretty display.

Been dip can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nectarine Foster with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

September is a wonderful time of year to enjoy local Niagara stone fruit. Peaches, plums and nectarines are at their peak. This dessert features local nectarines caramelized in a warm, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and spiced rum sauce that you will be addicted to. Serve it with vanilla bean ice cream in a cocktail glass for an elegant dessert to celebrate! You can also substitute, nectarines for peaches or plums or why not do them all.

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Nectarine Foster with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks + extra for garnish
4 firm medium nectarines, cut in 1/4 inch thick wedges
11/2 tsp pure vanilla
1 1/2 oz spiced dark rum
Vanilla bean ice cream
Fresh mint for garnish (optional)


Heat a deep skillet over medium/high heat. Add butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, cook until melted and bubbly, about 2-3 minutes. Add nectarines and vanilla and cook for another 30 seconds until soft. Add rum and let cook for another minute.

Spoon some of the mixture on the bottom of a cocktail class. Top with a couple scoops of cream and finish with more more foster. Repeat with remaining cocktail glasses. Garnish with cinnamon stick and fresh mint.

Blood Orange Goblet

With a taste as vibrant as it looks, impress your guests with the simple but delicious Beefeater Blood Orange Goblet.
The fabulously citrus tones paired with the earthly elderflower is a light & refreshing way to bring the Queen’s Plate home.

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Blood Orange Goblet

  • 2 oz Beefeater Blood Orange
  • 0.5 oz of Lemon Juice
  • Topped with Fevertree Elderflower Tonic
  • Stir in glass garnish with orange slice.

Rose Gin Spritz

Combining the aromatic and earthy summer berry notes with the crisp taste of bubbly the Beefeater Rose Gin Spritz is another way to bring the Queen’s Plate experience home.
With vibrant floral elegance find out why this spirit is one of the Queen’s favourites!

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Rose Gin Spritz

  • 1.5 oz Beefeater Pink
  • 2 oz Fevertree Aromatic Tonic
  • Topped with Jacobs creek Rose Sparkling
  • Stir in glass, garnish with strawberries.

Royal Blush

Royal Blush is the official cocktail of the Queen’s Plate. Here is how to prepare the Royal Blush at home!

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Royal Blush

  • 1 oz Absolute Vodka
  • 0.5 oz McGuinnes Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Strawberry Daiquiri Mix
  • Cranberry Juice
  • 3.0 oz Sparkling Wine / Prosecco
  • Maraschino Cherry

Check out  some of the recipes’ videos


Not sure what to wear? Check out the past Queen’s Plate style guides and get inspired!

2019 Style Guide

2018 Style Guide

2017 Style Guide

2016 Style Guide

2015 Style Guide

2014 Style Guide

Woodbine Sessions with Jade Eagleson and Ryland James 

Universal Music Canada artists Jade Eagleson and platinum-selling singer/songwriter Ryland James perform exclusive versions of their hit-singles on Woodbine Racetrack

Follow @WoodbineTB and have a chance to WIN SIGNED GUITARS* from Jade Eagleson and Ryland James!

Jade Eagleson

Jade Eagleson performed a special version of his song, “Boom Town”, shot in front of the starting gates at Woodbine Racetrack

About Jade Eagleson

Jade Eagleson

Raised on his grandparent’s farm in Southern Ontario, Jade grew up working alongside his father tending crops and raising livestock –and while life may have led him off the farm for a stint here and there, it always brought him back just the same. Despite making music most of his life, Jade only considered country music as a career when confronted with the challenge of keeping his family farm. Though that career started playing near empty bars, he caught his break in 2017 when he earned his way into the Emerging Artist Showcase at Boots and Hearts, where he played in front of more than 20,000 country fans.

At only 24-years-old, Jade’s his voice has a classic country sound that takes you back to the days of Johnny Cash, George Jones and Randy Travis. His timeless voice separated him from the pack and he walked away with top honours. Taking home the title of the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artist, Jade was immediately signed to Universal Music Canada and released his debut single, “Got Your Name On It” in May 2018. The debut single recently charted at thirteen on the Canadian country radio charts and continues to climb. The “Got Your Name On It” music video recently hit an impressive 3.5 million views on YouTube and became the first Canadian-signed artist of any genre to be selected as YouTube’s Trending ‘Artist On The Rise’ playlist in the USA. The video was filmed on Jade’s grandparent’s farm outside of Toronto, and features cameos of his mother and father (his Mom as the overprotective mother to young Jade, his Dad as the bandana wearing tattoo artist). On the video, director Ben Knechtel said: “Jade is as authentic as they come –a true farm boy in the best sense. We set out to make a video that truly compliments the song and introduces Jade to the world in a memorable way, and I feel like we’ve done just that”.

Ryland James

Breakout artist Ryland James performed a version of his fan favourite, hit-single ‘Water’, shot at E.P. Taylor turf course at Woodbine Racetrack

About Ryland James

Ryland James

Ryland James knows exactly where he should be. On the edge of the stage, under the spotlight, and behind a microphone, the Ontario-born singer and songwriter thrives. In this space, the artist’s voice rings out with a bold balance of passion, panache, and power, coursing through everything from the verses to the vibrato. His fusion of gospel roots, gritty soul, and anthemic pop resounds straight from the heart in the most direct manner imaginable.

“I love to stand at the front of the stage and just sing,”he exclaims. “There are no bells or whistles about it.It’s simple in that respect;I love being a singer. I want to continue to develop my voice as it really defines my artistry at the core.”

That voice already carried him a long way from his birth place of Deseronto, Ontario. A Canadian town of less than 2,000 people, a two-hour drive separates it from Toronto as the nearest major city. With grandma playing gospel piano, Ryland started singing almost as soon as he could talk. Inspired by everyone from vocal powerhouses a la Michael Bublé and Josh Groban to pop titans such as Justin Bieber and Michael Jackson to soul favorites Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, he consumed music voraciously and honed his voice in the process.

He went from starring in school musicals to belting out the “National Anthem” at Rogers Cup Toronto, NHL games, and beyond. Between building a following on YouTube, he starred in the 2017 season of YTV’s The Next Star. Around the same time, leading Canadian brand Roots sought him out to be the face of its “Sweatstyle”campaign. In the meantime, YouTube covers of Shawn Mendes’ “Mercy” and Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” cumulatively tallied over 1 million views.

Signing to Universal Canada following early independent success, his 2019 single “Good To You” surpassed 2.9 million Spotify streams in just a few months’ time. Additionally, he joined a personal hero—Alessia Cara—on tours throughout Canada and the US. The jaunt marked something of a full circle moment.

“In high school, I was a loner,” he admits. “I felt like I didn’t fit in. I’m from a super small town that I love, but a lot of people didn’t understand what I was trying to do back then. Alessia’s lyrics and music helped me get through it. I had a vision where I knew I would open up for her at some point—and it actually happened,” he smiles.

Returning from the road, he kicked off his biggest and boldest chapter with the 2019 single “In My Head.” Co-written during a trip to Stockholm, the track highlights Ryland’s poetic song craft and expansive vocal range over shuddering piano chords. The vocals reverberate with a combination of urgent immediacy and palpable emotion.

Fast forward to 2020 and “In My Head” has become a hit single; reaching GOLD in Canada in less than 6 months and now certified Platinum, an impressive feat for a newcomer.

Ryland is now ready share a larger collection of his material with the world in the form of a new self-titled EP. Made up of 7-tracks, the EP is a collection of intimate, relatable lyrics delivered with the signature soulful pop vocals the artist is known for.

Included on the EP is Ryland’s latest single, “Water.” A guaranteed crowd pleaser the new track stands out as his favourite to perform live. And while “Water”was written far from home,on one of his first writing trips to LA,the music video for the track was shot close to his hometown adding to its sentimental value.

In the end, Ryland makes a connection every time he picks up a microphone in the studio or on stage.

“When I write music and perform it, my intent is always to deeply impact people and make them feel something,” he leaves off. “My songs have different messages. I’m telling so many stories, and I’d love for audiences to apply them to their own lives. When a song connects, I know I accomplished my goal.”

Rules & Regulations for “Win a Guitar” Contest

Official Rules & Regulations
The Queen’s Plate “Win a Guitar” Contest
Presented by Woodbine Entertainment Group

Contest starts Friday Sept 11th 2020 at 10am and continues until Saturday Sept 12th, 2020, at 3:40pm  (the “Contest Closing Date”). No purchase necessary. Limit one (1) entry per person. Woodbine Entertainment Group is the sponsor of this contest (the “Contest Sponsor”).

This contest is open only to legal residents of Ontario who are at least 19 years of age and excluding employees of the Contest Sponsor, Jade Eagleson and Ryland James, and those with whom they are domiciled. The contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations. By participating, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules & Regulations and the decisions of the Contest Sponsor, which are final.

Images of two (2) guitars, one (1) signed by Ryland James and one (1) signed by Jade Eagleson, will be posted on Instagram at @WoodbineTB (the “Guitars”).

  1. To enter the contest, follow @WoodbineTB on Instagram, and comment on the contest post with the name of your favourite song by either Ryland James or Jade Eagleson. Only one (1) song name will be accepted for entry into the contest. Should an entrant name more than one (1) song, only the 1st song will be considered as the entry.
  2. Two random draws will be conducted among eligible entries on Saturday September 12th 2020 at 2:30pm, one (1) draw for the Ryland James Guitar and one (1) draw for the Jade Eagleson Guitar. The draw for the Ryland James Guitar will be made from all entrants who entered the name of a Ryland James song. The draw for the Jade Eagleson Guitar will be made from all entrants who entered the name of a Jade Eagleson song. Each selected entrant will be contacted via Instagram. Each selected entrant will have (1) hour to respond to claim the prize.
  3. Each selected entrant will have to correctly answer, unaided, a time‐limited mathematical skill testing question in order to claim the prize, and return a signed Confirmation of Acceptance of Prize and Release. To be declared a winner, a selected entrant must meet the requirements set out above.
  4. If an entrant posts a comment that is not either a Ryland James or a Jade Eagleson song, incorrectly answers the skill‐testing question, declines the prize, fails to return a Confirmation of Acceptance of Prize and Release or is otherwise ineligible for the prize, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to select another entrant or to cancel the contest.

The Contest Sponsor’s rulings are final and without appeal in all matters related to the contest and the awarding of prizes.

Entrants are eligible to win one of two (2) grand prizes, consisting of a  signed guitar from either Ryland James or Jade Eagleson, as applicable, having an approximate retail value of $300 each.

Prizes must be accepted as awarded, may not be transferred or exchanged and is not redeemable for cash. No substitutions are permitted.  The Contest Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize(s) of at least equal value in the event of the unavailability, for whatever reason, of the advertised prize(s).

The Contest Sponsor shall have the right in its sole discretion to substitute, amend, reschedule and/or cancel any element of any prize and prize(s) may not be awarded to the winner(s) and the winner(s) shall not be compensated for such cancellation.

By entering this contest, entrants consent to the use of their entry, name, city of residence and/or any photograph that may be taken in publicity carried out by the Contest Sponsor and/or its advertising agencies, without further notice or compensation.

Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. All entries that are incomplete, illegible, damaged, irregular, have been submitted through illicit means, or do not conform to or satisfy any condition of the rules may be disqualified by the Contest Sponsor. The Contest Sponsor takes no responsibility for lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late or destroyed entries, or for typographical or other production errors. The Contest Sponsor is not responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this contest. All entries become the property of the Contest Sponsor and will not be returned.

No communications will be entered into except with selected entrants unless otherwise permitted on the registration form. By entering this contest, entrants give permission for Contest Sponsor to contact them via the account they used to enter the contest in the event they are selected as a winner.  No further informational or marketing communications will be received by entrants unless entrants provide Woodbine Entertainment Group with explicit permission to do so as indicated on the entry form. Please see Woodbine Entertainment Group’s Privacy Policy at https://woodbine.com/privacy‐policy for information on its policy towards maintaining the privacy and security of user information.

This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, associated with or administered by either Facebook or Instagram.

By entering this contest, entrants release and hold harmless Facebook, Instagram, and the Contest Sponsor, its advertising and promotional agencies and the contest judge(s), their affiliates and respective directors, officers, owners, partners, employees, agents, dealers, representatives, successors and assigns (collectively the “Releases”) from any liability in connection with this contest or, if declared a winner, the prize.

Entrants acknowledge and agree that the Contest Sponsor has not made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation or guarantee, express or implied, related to the prize, including but not limited to its quality or fitness for a particular purpose. This contest will be run in accordance with these Official Rules and Regulations, subject to amendment by the Contest Sponsor. Entrants must comply with these Rules and Regulations and will be deemed to have received and understood the Rules and Regulations by participating in the contest. The Contest Sponsor may amend or modify these Rules and Regulations or cancel or postpone this contest at its sole discretion at any time prior to the distribution of prizing. Any disagreements or disputes arising out of this contest will be resolved by the Contest Sponsor at its sole and absolute discretion.

Please be reminded that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather together.  Woodbine Entertainment Group (“WEG”) encourages the use of safe practices, including physical distancing and the wearing of masks where appropriate, and assumes no liability with respect to illness or injury resulting from any Queen’s Plate event, wherever and however conducted.

Queen’s Plate Charity Partner – Rethink Breast Cancer

Rethink Breast Cancer’s mission is to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer. By taking a breakthrough approach to all aspects of breast cancer – education, resources, advocacy, community engagement, and fundraising – Rethink is thinking differently about breast cancer. To find out more, visit rethinkbreastcancer.com. Woodbine Entertainment is proud to be longstanding partner of Rethink and will be supporting this year’s 50/50 with a special early bird draw on September 12th in honour Queen’s Plate 2020.