The Canadian food industry celebrated the start of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver with a breakfast feast highlighting the safety and high quality of Canadian produce.
The event, hosted by Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz, was part of the government’s on-going work to expand and re-invigorate international markets. “Our government is proud to showcase the high-quality food that our farmers produce because we know consumers at home and around the world want to buy it,” said Ritz.
Ritz also added: “We will always maximize every opportunity to promote Canadian agriculture. We know that increase international trade will stimulate economic growth and deliver benefits to all Canadians.” He also emphasized the high quality that Canadian produce is known for. “When our Canadian athletes step onto the podium, we know the safe, nutritious food Canadian farmers produce helped to get them there,” says Ritz.
The breakfast featured a team of top Canadian chefs from across the country: Michael Smith from P.E.I., Alain Pignard from Quebec, Donna Dooher from Ontario, Remi Cousyn from Saskatchewan, and Daryl Nagata from B.C. Each of the chefs prepared distinct dishes featuring Canadian export ingredients, including wheat, beef, pork, eggs, canola oil, maple syrup, lentils, soybeans and ice wine. To find out more about the dishes that were served, visit www.eatCanadian.ca
The master of ceremonies for the event was Canadian gastronomer and author Anita Stewart. Representatives from leading farm organization were also in attendance, as were domestic and international media.
Photo courtesy of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.