OTTAWA — Last week, Canadian poultry and egg farmers hosted their pop-up Downtown Diner on Sparks Street in Ottawa to celebrate the hard work of Canada’s farming families, their commitment to sustainable food production and the system of supply management.
Throughout the event, farmers representing Egg Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers highlighted the importance of made-in-Canada food, while speaking to key government stakeholders and the public about Canadian farming.
The Downtown Diner served up wraps, frittatas and other nibbles. New this year, the menu featured three winning recipes from the 2022 Parliamentarian Recipe contest, which saw MPs and Senators from across the country submit their favourite dish. Canadian poultry and egg farmers also contributed $20,000 to support food banks across Canada.
“As a farmer, I’m proud to be able to produce high-quality food sustainably in order to feed people in my community and to be able to give back in a meaningful way,” says Anneke Donkers-Stickney, Ontario egg farmer. “It’s great to have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and talk to them about where their food comes from and how family farms, like mine, support people and businesses in my immediate community and across the country.”
“Downtown Diner is an exciting way to put a face to Canadian farmers while showcasing why Canadian agriculture is so important for our collective well-being,” says Brian Bilkes, Chair of Canadian Hatching Egg Producers. “Our food system is strong and will remain strong thanks to the support given to the next generation of farmers and the communities we serve.”
“I am proud to represent the riding of Perth-Wellington, home to the highest number of chicken farmers in Canada, and I am very pleased to acknowledge the important role Canada’s poultry and egg producers play in tackling the critical issue of food insecurity through their support of local food banks across Canada,” says MP John Nater, one of three 2022 Parliamentarian Recipe Contest winners.