GUELPH, Ont. — On July 30, Canadian farmers, fishers, chefs and food researchers, in partnership with 250 Canadian restaurants, will come together to celebrate this year’s Food Day Canada. In recognition of Canada’s 149th birthday, the organization will also be releasing a list of 149 ingredients produced in Canada.
Food Day Canada founder, Anita Stewart, conceived the idea for the 149 ingredient list, which she titled Shop Like a Canadian, in response to Canadians’ frequent confusion in the meaning between the “made in…” and “product of…” labels.
“For years, I’ve cajoled and coached people to cook like a Canadian. Now it’s time to shop like a Canadian,” says Stewart. “This list is a start to knowing where your food comes from and how to find it, so you can celebrate every last tasty morsel grown in Canada.”
Items on the list include Montreal-made couscous, Taber-refined sugar, cider vinegar, VQA wine and craft beers from coast- to-coast and award-winning cheeses from small fromageries across the country.
This year, Stewart will be travelling from St. John’s, Nfld. to Tofino, B.C., to present the first two Food Day Canada and All-Clad Canada awards — sponsored by the University of Guelph, Pulse Canada, All-Clad Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada, KitchenAid Canada and Taste and Travel magazine — to chefs from those regions.
“Our Food Day Canada chefs understand local ingredients are fundamental to our dynamic food culture. They are Canada’s real brand advocates. On July 30, they will be creating their own hyper-local menus, with ingredients often so specific to their region that they cannot be replicated, even a few dozen miles away,” says Stewart.
For details on the celebrations and to see the list of Food Day Canada recipes, visit fooddaycanada.ca.