The special day, founded in 2003 as The World’s Longest Barbecue, by culinary activist Anita Stewart of Elora, Ont., it was created to support Canadian beef after the closing of the American border to Canadian beef exports.
At the time, Stewart asked her friends, including the membership of Cuisine Canada of which she is founder, to “fire up their barbecues” and join in a day-long celebration from coast-to-coast in support of Canadian beef and the country’s rich food history.
Since then, the event — now called Food Day — is celebrated on the Saturday of the Aug.1 long weekend. “The huge success of that venture has now evolved into Food Day, an annual midsummer celebration when we share Canada’s rich culinary heritage,” says Anita Stewart.
This year, Stewart approached restaurateurs who, “walk the walk and talk the talk! They are the ones that give the diner an all-Canadian restaurant experience,” she said.
To celebrate, special local menus have been prepared at many of the participating restaurants, which include: the Beaver Club in Montreal’s Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, the Charcut Roast House in Calgary and Michael Stadtländer’s Haisai Restaurant & Bakery in Singhampton, Ont.
For a full list of participating restaurants, from every province and the Yukon, click here.