BY Lee Hart
According to my bathroom scale unfortunately every day is Food Day in my life, but aside from that there is an even more important Food Day being observed this Saturday, August 1, 2020.
It is the 10th anniversary of Food Day Canada with everyone being encouraged to celebrate and ‘Shine a Light on Canadian cuisine’. It’s pretty simple, says a news release from the organization, “just enjoy your favourite Canadian foods and drinks”, and without a whole lot of effort I have that figured out.
The news release from Food Day Canada goes on to say…. (pay attention there is a contest with prizes at the end):
We’ve curated a “Shop Like A Canadian” list, focusing specifically on our home grown ingredients. It’s a full-on, pride-filled shopping list on fooddaycanada.ca
There has never been a better time to gather really cool Canadian ingredients and make a mini-feast or a huge one. Check out Shop Like a Canadian and have some fun. Use them for all your summer meals or just to learn a new food language of your own with some of the best ingredients on earth grown close to home.
DID YOU KNOW…
- Canada produces our own salt…both sea salt (on both coasts) and mined (Goderich, ON).
- There are two areas that harvest sugar beets for granulated sugar – SW Ontario and Lethbridge, Alberta.
- Hamilton-based mustard miller G.S. Dunn is the largest on the planet and Canadian mustard seeds are considered to be the finest on earth.
- Dr. Al Slinkard, the father of the Canadian lentil industry, (we grow more than any other nation), still lives in Saskatoon.
- New varieties of beans are being constantly cross-bred, selected and released by the University of Guelph plant breeding programs.
- Seaweeds are becoming the hot new veggies on both coasts.
- Canadian durum wheat is the basic ingredient of pasta and couscous all around the world for one reason…it’s just so good!
- The Gellatly Tree Nut Orchard in the Okanagan is the oldest in Canada and has its own array of varieties.
- Pawpaw trees grow in southern Ontario.
- 98% of Canadian farms are family owned and operated.
GET THE WORD OUT
On Saturday, August 1st, suss out your own treasures, add a few of ours and share them on social media, along with your stories by simply adding #FoodDayCanada to any posts. As this year is Food Day Canada’s 10th Anniversary, we’ve partnered with KitchenAid to give away 10 of their iconic stand mixers. Each post using #FoodDayCanada is an entry.
Shop, cook, and eat like a Canadian Saturday August 1st and show your gratitude for the amazing food we have in Canada and all the great people that make it happen.
Lee Hart is a field editor with Grainews based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]