Canada Food Day August 4
Can you tell we love food?
Aug 4 is Canada Food Day, a celebration of cooking using Canadian ingredients started by culinary activist Anita Stewart back in 2003. Farmer, fishers, researchers, chefs and also those deserving a chef’s title at home will join together to show case the food of this land.
What are Canadian ingredients? You might already know about those famously associated with the provinces, for example BC salmon, Alberta beef, Maritime seafood (mussels & lobsters). Or those carrying the name of a city/town such as Taber corn, Saskatoon berries, Winnipeg goldeye, and Montreal smoked meat. Gee, I am seriously salivating.
Orange Balsamic Roasted BC Salmon by Chef David Robertson
Alberta Beef Steak with Noodle Salad
Nova Scotia Seafood Chowder by Alison Kent & The Test Kitchen
Montreal Smoked Meat Eggs Benedict by Scott Anderson
Food Network celebrity Chef Michael Smith started the quest in Saskatchewan for the first champion of a local ingredient, you’d never guessed, lentil! Really?! I’ve never imagined it being used beyond Indian cuisine. Apparently a lot of talented chefs, including Lentil Cup Champion Chef Norman Aitken, have taken it beyond my imagination.
Lentil Cup winner Wild Mushroom Ravioli by Chef Norman Aitken
So, join the party! If you are in Canada, try these restaurants (including Calgary’s very own Farm by JBFC) featuring Canadian food on August 4. Cook from these receipts of Lentil Cup competition. Or take a trip to a local farmer’s market for some fresh ingredients to throw on a BBQ at home or on a camp fire in the mountains. After all, it’s the August long weekend. Party your heart out!