Canadian Restaurants Prepare for Food Day Canada

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TORONTO — A unique meal for 7,000 people is just one of the events being hosted as part of the country’s largest culinary party.

Chef Andrew Hodge is gearing up to feed hungry oilsands workers near Fort McMurray, Alta., with a special menu to mark Food Day Canada on Aug. 1. Food Day Canada organizer and founder Anita Stewart expects more than 250 restaurants across the country will offer special menus to mark the occasion.

The annual event, which originated in 2003 as the World’s Longest Barbecue in support of farmers whose livelihoods were threatened in the wake of the mad cow crisis, is a chance for Canadians to celebrate the country’s farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers and home cooks. “The goal is to create a strong culinary nation. That’s what we have to do and having a national food party is the best way to do it,” said Stewart.

Diners can check fooddaycanada.ca for participating restaurants in their area along with their stories and menus. Canadians are also encouraged to celebrate the day by preparing their own feasts celebrating Canadian ingredients.

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