Five ways to celebrate Food Day Canada with gumption

Food Day Canada is a chance for all Canadians to join hands in one massive celebration in praise of our great nation’s farmers and fishers; our chefs, researchers and, above all, our home cooks. It began in 2003 as The World’s Longest Barbeque, a massive, Canada-wide response to the sanction of Canadian beef exports by our largest trading partner and the dramatic hardship it imposed on our agricultural community. The WLBBQ was a huge success and has evolved into Food Day Canada®, an annual mid-summer celebration, always held on the Saturday of the August long weekend, when we share Canada’s rich culinary heritage, our delicious northern bounty and the best managed food system on the planet.

This year, Food Day Canada happens on August 4th. Share your Canadian food story on social media by using #CANADAisfood or #FoodDayCanada.


Not sure where to start? Here’s five delicious ways our staff is celebrating what might very well be Canada’s best holiday. We said it, don’t @ us.
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The Ontario proscuitto plate by Chef Jason Parsons at Peller Estates with cheese and preserved peaches. Peller Estates is one of over a dozen Feast On restaurants in Ontario participating in Food Day Canada.

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Book a table at a Food Day Canada restaurant. With over 50 in Ontario, there’s bound to be one near you. Locavores looking to step it up a notch should look for a Feast On Certified spot like 360 at the CN Tower, FARMHOUSE Tavern, Northwinds Brewhouse, Maple Leaf Tavern, Backhouse, just to name a few! Choosing a Feast On restaurant means you can trust you’re eating Ontario grown food.
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Shop at your local Farmers’ Market. There’s dozen of Saturday markets to choose from in Ontario, and at this time of your you’ll find vendor tables groaning with the weight of locally-grown food. Here’s a handy list!
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Light up the grill! Nothing says summer in Ontario like a good, ol’ fashioned barbeque. May we suggest a burger from VG Meats? Or perhaps an Ontario Pork sausage from Sanagan’s Meat Locker? Maybe some Ontario veal chops are more your style? There’s also plenty of Ontario chicken, duck and even squab you could grill! The choices are only limited by your imagination.
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Pack it up for a perfect picnic. Make your meal memorable by enjoying it outside! Whether you explore a park, hit the river for a paddle or find yourself trail side, Canada’s magnificent vistas are waiting to play host to your next truly Canadian meal.
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Sing it loud and proud: We want more Canadian food! Whereever you are, ask for Canadian grown and made food. Tell your local grocer, tell your bartender. Tell the chef at the restaurant you’re at. Tell your family. Tell your friends. It’s time we celebrate the bounty of our big and beautiful land!

  Curious about what it means to truly shop “Canadian”? Check out this handy guide.

Happy Food Day Canada y’all!

 
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