Canada is one big family. Our farmers and fishers feed us well. As a family member, we’re inviting YOU to a national reunion wherever you are, celebrating Food Day Canada’s 15th anniversary of cooking and eating and sharing. The summer harvest is in full swing! Saturday August 4th – Food Day Canada IS the day that we can celebrate our magnificent northern bounty from coast to coast to coast.
Call to Action: Canadians, both chefs and home cooks, are invited to join forces with us as we throw a national barbecue… a testiment for All that Canada IS food and the world is richer for it.
Wow us with your menus and your images. Add the #FoodDayCanada and you’ll instantly be part of the national party. Grill like there’s nobody watching!
In the beginning…
When the borders were closed in 2003 to beef exports, whole communities were devastated. It was a farming disaster. BUT it was not a culinary one. We named it the World’s Longest Barbecue and the Call to Action was to grill Canadian beef anywhere in the world at 6 p.m. ET on the Saturday of the August’s long weekend. On that Saturday a decade and a half ago, Canadians responded and barbecued Canadian beef with wild abandon. Since it’s early beginning, Food Day Canada has been on the leading edge of promoting and celebrating the outstanding ingredients of our nation and the people involved in putting such deliciousness onto our plates.
A National Reunion
Now the borders have reopened and Canadian agriculture flourishes. However the current political and economic temper of our times is becoming more and more uncertain. Our nation’s food security is being threatened both directly and indirectly. The good news is that, since it’s inception, Food Day Canada has grown exponentially and become a very real and respected force for good in the food life of Canada. We are the innovators, the educators and the trendsetters. Several hundred carefully chosen chefs from across the nation have also become our brand advocates, chefs who are on the vanguard of Canadian culinary excellence and care deeply about Canadian regional cuisine. Each year their numbers change – around 200 so far for 2018. They range from fine dining restaurants to casual places that are populated by the ‘it’ crowd right through to a few Quick Service Restaurants.
To get you started, watch Breakfast Television Toronto Aug 2 at 8:15 a.m. ET with Food Day Canada’s leader and master-mind, Anita Stewart, featuring an all-Canadian recipe: http://fooddaycanada.ca/recipes/peppery-spiced-steak-with-southwestern-ontario-summer-saute/.
Website details here, and don’t forget to post using the hashtag #FoodDayCanada.