Initiative aims to give Canada’s food its own day
August 4, 2018 Locally-focused chefs and Canada’s food community are coming together to get “Food Day Canada / Journée des terroirs,” recognized as Canada’s official local food day.
This movement was created by Anita Stewart, a Food Laureate of the University of Guelph and Member of the Order of Canada, in response to encourage Canadians to eat locally and become more familiar with Canadian culinary talent.
Stewart had started the movement 15 years ago, by creating Canada’s Longest Barbecue in response to beef trade issues at the time. Stewart states that with current tariffs and trade restrictions flaring up again, there is greater motivation for Canadians to support local food providers.
“Even though, for years eating locally has been a movement and a way of life for many Canadians from every corner of the nation, this year is a watershed moment,” says Stewart. “If there ever was a time to eat like a Canadian, cook like a Canadian and shop like a Canadian, it’s now. Let’s make Food Day Canada an official day recognized at home and abroad!”
Food Day Canada can be celebrated in any city in any province, by simply by buying local produce or meat, or visiting a farm-to-table, locally Canadian restaurant.
This initiative is the result of partnerships with the University of Guelph, The Arrell Food Institute, Restaurants Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada, KitchenAid Canada, George Brown College, Taste of Nova Scotia, Culinary Tourism Alliance, Taste and Travel Magazine, Ontario Craft Brewers and Canada Beef.
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