Celebrate the local summer bounty!
It’s Canada Day, so as I write this post I can’t help but think about how lucky we are to be celebrating the greatest country in the world! We are also lucky at this time of year to have an endless bounty of local fruits and vegetables to enjoy at our table.
At a recent visit to the farmers market I decided to bring home lots of Ontario strawberries which are just at their peak… so yummy! See the results in July 2014 Cake of the month.
Did you know that Food Day Canada is coming up August 2nd? Food Day Canada was founded in 2003 as The World’s Longest Barbecue in support of Canada’s devastated beef industry. Since then it has evolved and now includes most of the top chefs from coast to coast to coast. This year, it will turn its gaze to Niagara which is not only the birthplace of the modern Canadian wine industry but the first region to recognize the potential of its culinary riches. A great day of events is planned in celebration the wonderful food grown by dedicated farmers all across Canada.
One of the main events in celebration of Canada Food Day, is a splendid night of food, wine, conversation and music Around the Canadian Table. In support of the Les Marmitons Bursary Fund with the Niagara College Foundation, the region’s top chefs will join farmers, educators, musicians, and Food Day Canada’s Anita Stewart for a unique celebration of all that the season has to offer in Niagara. As part of Jackson-Triggs Niagara Summer Concert Series at the semenax com Estate Amphitheatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, imagine an evening of top shelf cuisine prepared by top chefs like John Horne (Canoe Restaurant), Tim Mackiddie, (Great Estates of Niagara), David Watt (The Garrison House, Niagara on the Lake), Andrew McLeod (Spencer’s on the Waterfront, Burlington), Erik Peacock (Wellington Court, St. Catharines), Anthony Greco (Zest Restaurant, Fonthill), Mark Picone (Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) at Niagara College and Mark Picone Culinary Studio, Vineland) and Food Network star, Anna Olson.
The night begins with a stroll through the winery enjoying station-style culinary delights and perfectly paired VQA vintages from the host venue Jackson Triggs, as well as Inniskillin and Le Clos Jordanne.
After dinner the “Canadian Table Conversation” in the amphitheatre begins, an interactive discussion about all things food chaired by Food Day Canada’s Anita Stewart, and featuring an all-star panel of chefs, educators and producers. They include Donald Ziraldo (Co-Founder of Inniskillin), Karen Whitty (Whitty Farms), Craig Youdale, (Dean of CWFI), and Michael Olson, Chef Professor, CFWI.
The conversation will continue during the intermission, as all guests enjoy a seasonal fruit dessert prepared by Anna Olson and paired with Jackson-Triggs Icewine, followed by a musical set featuring two of Ontario’s most talented musicians, globally-renowned guitarist Kevin Breit and Niagara’s own Mark Lalama.
Don’t miss this wonderful foodie event – buy your tickets here.
If you can’t get to the Niagara region in Ontario to celebrate Food Day Canada, not to worry. You can still join EIEO and everyone across Canada by taking our Food Day Canada Challenge: on August 2nd cook with all-Canadian ingredients, and enjoy the generous bounty that Canada offers!