You can be forgiven if you don’t remember the first Food Day Canada.
After all, it wasn’t even called that in 2003. At the time, the Canadian border was closed to livestock movement and protein trade because of BSE. It was an economic disaster for the beef industry, but it also spurred the creation of the World’s Longest Barbecue. Canadians rallied, went to their grills, and barbecued Canadian beef to show their support.
The event has evolved since then, and has become Food Day Canada held on the August long weekend each year. This year, Food Day Canada will be held Saturday August 1, 2020, when Canadians are encouraged to cook, grill, and prepare Canadian food to honour those who produce and prepare our foods all across the country.
Everyone is asked to shop like a Canadian, using an all-Canadian shopping list, then have a backyard barbecue, picnic, or small gathering (physically distanced, please) to enjoy Canadian-grown, Canadian-made food and drinks, made by you or your favourite chefs. Share your experience and thanks on social media using the hashtag #FoodDayCanada and follow @FoodDayCanada, too.
In addition to social media involvement, iconic structures are being lit red and white in honour of Canadian cuisine from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. Check out FoodDayCanada.ca for locations in your province!