Moncton, N.B. – It’s that time of year again for Atlantic Canada to pick its favourite local foods.
Co-op Atlantic, a local chain of grocery stores, is again promoting its annual Eat Atlantic Product of the Year competition.
There’s also the Atlantic Challenge, a new element to the event, which encourages Atlantic Canadians to eat nothing but regionally grown or processed foods.
More than 3,300 people have already logged on to www.eatatlantic.ca to vote for their favourite brands from a list of 10 East Coast products, reports the Telegraph Journal.
The top 10 finalists for the award are:
• Pies from Beth, The Pie Lady
• Champinord Mushrooms
• Market Town Sausages
• Purity Hard Tack Crackers
• Knol Farms frozen blueberries
• JustUs! Coffee
• Covered Bridge Potato Chips
• Scotian Gold Honeycrisp apples
• Johnston’s Potato Salad
• King Cole Tea.
Co-op Atlantic launched the challenge in 2008. The goal, reported the Miramichi Leader, was to help people understand the benefits of choosing foods produced in Atlantic Canada.
Online voting closes Aug. 30 and the winner will be announced Sept. 1, which is also the day Atlantic Canadians are encouraged to eat only made-in-Atlantic Canada products.