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Culinary activist shines spotlight on country's bounty with Food Day Canada

Culinary activist shines spotlight on country's bounty with Food Day Canada

Posted by Christian Miranda on July 29, 2014

Anita Stewart is putting a nationwide spotlight on Canadian cuisine in an annual event that celebrates the country's bounty.

Food Day Canada, which the culinary activist started more than a decade ago, is a chance to praise farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers and home cooks.

Stewart has worked tirelessly over 30 years to raise the profile of Canada's culinary identity and her efforts have netted her an Order of Canada. On Food Day Canada this Saturday, there are events across the country, with chefs from more than 250 restaurants taking part.

"People can go out to eat or they can eat at home," says Stewart, who is the University of Guelph's food laureate and the author of 14 books.

"It's all about culinary nationalism, a bit of patriotism as well because I really believe that we have to be self-sufficient at least to a degree in our food sources. ... At the end of the day this is all celebratory, but there's always a very serious side to it and it's feeding our own, making sure that we have the resources that are solid and stable forever or for as long as we can make it. It's protecting them too."

The event was initially called the World's Longest Barbecue and was launched by Stewart in 2003 to support farmers whose livelihood was threatened in the wake of the devastation caused by the mad cow crisis.

A wide range of events set for the weekend along with inspirational recipes are posted on the Food Day Canada website. Canadians are encouraged to post their own menus and describe their plans.

A barbecue on the beach is the theme at the Wickaninnish Inn on the west coast of Vancouver Island, where chef Nicole Gomes, a "Top Chef Canada" finalist, and Duncan Ly from Calgary's Hotel Arts are joining chef Warren Barr to showcase products from the West Coast and Alberta.

In Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., Around the Canadian Table is being staged by Les Marmitons, a culinary and social club for men with a passion for food, to raise scholarship funds for the Niagara College Foundation.

 

Photo by: acanadianfoodie.com

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