Ottawa – An annual mid-summer celebration of Canada’s culinary heritage is taking place July 30.
The event is Food Day Canada, which celebrates the fact that Canadians are becoming more aware about buying and eating local, regional and seasonal Canadian foods.
Consumers can celebrate at a restaurant – 300 are participating this year – or if they prefer to celebrate at home or at the cottage, they can visit www.FoodDayCanada.ca for popular recipes or new recipe ideas.
Food Day Canada began in 2003 as The World’s Longest Barbecue, a massive, Canada-wide response to the sanction of Canadian beef exports by Canada’s largest trading partner and the dramatic hardship it imposed on the agricultural community. The following year the barbecue evolved to include all Canadian ingredients. And in 2010 restaurants joined in the celebration.
In 2011, 300 restaurants are participating, new awards have been added and the Parks Canada National Historic Sites are participating.
Roary MacPherson, Sheraton executive chef, is helping to kick off the day. He’s assembled a team of St. John’s chefs to cook breakfast at the Signal Hill National Historic Site.
Food Day Canada will end with a crab cookout on Chesterman Beach in Tofino, B.C, at the Wickaninnish Inn.
Other events will follow across the country, sponsored by the University of Guelph, Canola Council of Canada, Beef Information Centre, Pulse Canada, Egg Farmers of Canada, and Taste of Nova Scotia. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is partnering with Anita Stewart, who founded Food Day Canada, to promote the event, which honours Canadian food producers.
The sponsors will offer awards to both restaurateurs and individual Canadians in a variety of categories. For example:
• the Beef Information Centre will honour the wildest menu created by a member of the general public;
• the Egg Farmers will recognize the best brunch in Canada;
• the University of Guelph will again offer an innovation award for the most innovative menu;
• Taste of Nova Scotia will select the best use of lobster; and
• Parks Canada will honour the best heritage menu.
Canadians are invited to submit their menus, photos and videos to the website and check out this year’s Food Day judges.