Food Day Canada 2020

Mark your calendar! Food Day Canada 2020 is taking place on August 1, and here in Nova Scotia we have plenty to celebrate. With a bountiful culinary industry made up of incredible producers and chefs, we want to know how you’re celebrating! Food Day Canada is a way to show gratitude to those who feed us so well.

Whether you’re serving your own table or visiting a restaurant, there are endless opportunities to support local for this event (and every other day too). Keep reading for info on why Food Day Canada is important, how to get involved, and what it means to shop and cook like a Nova Scotian.

Why Celebrate Food Day Canada?

Knoydart Farm

Food Day Canada began in 2003 as the World’s Longest Barbeque, a nation-wide response to hardships facing the agricultural community. After a huge success, it evolved into Food Day Canada, an annual mid-summer celebration which praises Canada’s rich heritage and northern bounty.

The mission of Food Day Canada is to “actively promote the growth and study of our distinctly Canadian food culture.” It’s an opportunity to unite and celebrate all things culinary, including our food and beverage producers, farmers, fishers, chefs, and home cooks.

Shop Like a Nova Scotian

Supporting our local food and beverage industry is important for many reasons, from economic advantages to less environmental impact and food waste. In our province we are lucky to have an abundance of local seafood, meat, produce, and culinary products, so why not take advantage?

With Taste of Nova Scotia signage in more than 150 retail locations across the province, we are helping you make local choices easier than ever before. Look for the Taste of Nova Scotia logo where you eat, drink and shop to easily find products that are harvested, grown and produced right here in Nova Scotia! We also provide a weekly seasonal grocery list in our What’s Cooking blogs and on our Instagram (@tasteofns). Visit the Get Your hands on Local page for details on where you can find specific items and stay up to date with all that our members are offering.

Cook Like a Nova Scotian

Photo of: Nova Scotia Lobster Roll

To cook like a Nova Scotian means to cook with passion using locally sourced ingredients. Any one of us can be a home chef, and it doesn’t have to be complicated! Follow a recipe provided by some of the best in the local culinary industry, and use our Get Your Hands on Local page to find your ingredients. Whether it’s a main, dessert, or an evening cocktail, we have a recipe for anything you’re craving.

For a truly Nova Scotian summer-inspired meal, try whipping up these Nova Scotia Lobster Rolls and pair them with the Fisherman’s Rum Cup Cocktail. For dessert, make a delicious Nova Scotia Blueberry Grunt, blueberry season will soon be upon us after all! Don’t forget to post a picture of your creation using the hashtag #FoodDayCanada for the chance to win some exciting prizes!

Food Day Canada Veteran Chefs & Restaurants

Taste member restaurants are no stranger to celebrating local, Nova Scotia cuisine. Check out this list of veteran chefs and supporters of past and present Food Day Canada initiatives.

Founder’s House Dining and Drinks (Chef Chris Pyne), Charlotte Lane Café (Chef Roland Glauser), 2 Doors Down (Chef Craig Flynn), The Canteen (Chef Renée Lavallée), Fox Harb’r Resort (Chef Shane Robilliard), Wild Caraway Restaurant & Café (Chef Andrew Aitkens and Sarah Griebel).

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