Thursday, August 2, 2018

Food Day Canada - Putting Canada on the Menu on Aug 4, 2018

Celebrating Canadian Food with Top Chefs and Canada's Most Iconic Icon, the CN Tower  

On Saturday August 4th, Food Day Canada/ Journée des terroirs, Canadian chefs and all of our partners are sending out an invitation to Canada’s foodies, be they chefs or home cooks, no matter where you are,  to join the Party and PUT CANADA ON THE MENU!

I had the pleasure of being invited to join in on a great lunch at George Brown College for the launch of Food Day Canada.  Hosted by Chef John Higgins and Food Day Canada founder Anita Stewart.  The long harvest table was set up in the middle of the Atrium at George Brown's school of Hospitality.  The table was filled with a wide variety of Canadian Foods with a big global influence.

Anita Stewart -Food Day Canada Founder
Chef John Higgins

Food Day Canada / Journée des terroirs, which is a national celebration of local food (always celebrated on the August long weekend).
This year with our chefs’ community and producers across Canada, we will celebrate Food Day Canada’s 15th year anniversary by lighting the most recognizable - and tallest - beacon in the Western Hemisphere, Toronto's glorious CN Tower. 
Today we face similar, perhaps even graver challenges. As Dr. Owen Roberts, the President of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, states: “Our food system is under fire. No matter how the politics plays out nationally or globally, this is a time for fierce loyalty and coordinated action.”
So rather than lament, we challenge all Canadians to have a party and honour our own ingredients, with one simple goal, culinary sovereignty.  
What: Canada’s food community is coming together to declare Food Day Canada/ Journée des terroirs, as Canada’s Local Food Day.  Cook like a Canadian.

Who: Anyone and everyone; chefs, home cooks, farmers, fishers, writers, ranchers…anyone who loves Canadian ingredients.  
Where: Anywhere and everywhere in Canada!  Backyard BBQs, picnics, dine in, dine out.  Enjoy Canadian-grown, Canadian-made food.
When: All Day Long on Saturday August 4th, 2018

                 How to Put Canada on the Menu!

Shop Like a Canadian! – Check out our patriotic shopping list.

Cook Like a Canadian!  - We even provide some recipes to get you started with the emphasis on those tariff-bearing foods we import.

Share Like a Canadian!  - Take some images of your local foods, drinks, ingredients (no lemons or bananas please) and add the #fooddaycanada on Twitter, on Instagram, on Facebook.

Then, Watch the Canadian Stories Unfold as YOUR posts are added to our National Culinary Scrapbook, A Food DAY in the Life of Canada.  

Check out all the great Canadian Food that we sampled at the launch.  The one thing I am going to make at home is the Molasses butter that was a huge hit slathered on delicious brown bread.
I really love supporting this and wish I knew about it sooner.  I only found out about it last year but it seems even more important this year with all the Tariffs being imposed on Canadian Farmers who are already struggling to earn a decent living.  They work hard for everyone so we should really make an effort to support local Canadian food and promote it as if it was like some expensive imported food that people go crazy over.  We have incredible food and we need to appreciate it more. 
The Menu is listed below the photos of the dishes and not in the same order but I think you can figure out which is which from the descriptions.  I hope it inspires you to make one of these dishes or something similar or find a great local restaurant that highlights local food.  Enjoy!

The Menu

Grass Fed Beef and Wild Rice Cabbage Rolls
Solomon Gundy with Dark Harbour Dulse
Elote- Roasted Corn with Chili and Cheese Curds
Tomato Salad
New Potatoes, Creme Fraiche, Kozlik's Mustard and Herbs
Radishes with Butter
Pickled Beets with Honey and Goat Cheese
Molasses Bread and Butter

Raspberry Blueberry Tarts
Date Squares
Peaches in Ice Wine

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