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Let's Help Celebrate Food Day Canada




Show your support for Food Day Canada / Journée des terroirs, and help make it an official recognized day in August when locally-grown food is abundant.  Share your personal Food Day Canada (local food) stories and encourage your fans, followers and audiences to share their local food stories, by simply using the hashtag #FoodDayCanada - It’s the most patriotic thing you can do! 

Want to make Food Day Canada official?

Email Anita Stewart, Founder of Food Day Canada / Journée des terroirs with your statement of support. 


- Put Canada on the Menu News Release -

- Statements of Support and Congratulations -

- Links to Photos & Recipes - 

Cook like a Canadian. Eat like a Canadian. Shop like a Canadian.

Food Day Canada is Saturday August 4th, 2018


July 24, Elora, ON, “Nothing is more patriotic — or more environmentally responsible — than feasting on our local northern bounty.  It’s all about culinary sovereignty!” says Anita Stewart, Founder of Food Day Canada, Food Laureate of the University of Guelph and Member of the Order of Canada for her contribution and dedication to Canada’s food.


Food Day Canada / Journée des terroirs is always on Saturday of the August long weekend for one simple reason: The harvest is in absolutely everywhere.  Local food abounds, summer is at its often-steamy height and Canadians are ready… to… party. This year, Food Day Canada will be celebrated on Saturday August 4. 

It was 15 years ago when Food Day Canada catapulted into the national consciousness as the World’s Longest Barbeque, a grassroots response to beef trade issues at that time.

On August 4, locally-focused chefs and Canada’s food community are coming together to declare that after 15 years, it’s time to officially declare Food Day Canada® / Journée des terroirs as Canada’s local food day.  

As was the case 15 years ago, in 2018 Canadians are changing their buying habits in response to tariffs and global trade issues…they are actively engaging, reading labels and making a real effort to cook Canadian.  "Even though, for years eating locally has been a movement and a way of life for many Canadians from every corner of the nation, this year is a watershed moment,” says Stewart.  “If there ever was a time to eat like a Canadian, cook like a Canadian and shop like a Canadian, it’s now.  Let’s make Food Day Canada an official day recognized at home and abroad!”

For a decade and a half, from coast to coast to coast, Food Day Canada has engaged chefs and home cooks, farmers and processors, fishers, ranchers and researchers to celebrate our homegrown harvest. They are the innovators, the educators, the communicators and the trend-setters.  THEY ARE CANADA!  And THEY CARE!  How much?  This year, even the CN Tower will be lit in our signature red and white on August 4th while a team of Ontario chefs serve forth delicious Canadian foods on the Observation Deck.   

Over the years we’ve shopped from our own land and held hundreds of no-holds-barred celebrations that have swept across every region in Canada as each Food Day unfolds. The menus that have been served forth over the years are a reflection of Canada as a culinary nation from on board the epic Canada C3 journey where Calgary’s Chef Paul Rogalski cooked a Food Day Canada feast in Pangnirtung Fiord  to a myriad of private and chef-driven events in backyards, campsites and Prairie fields, Food Day Canada has been flying high ever since those early days.  

Whether it's a magical dinner overlooking Lake Okanagan at Mission Hill Family Estates, or at Fireworks where Chef Michael Smith vows to use every ingredient grown on Prince Edward Island for this year’s feast, or a collaborative menu from Quebec to B.C. under the Relais et Chateaux banner, we are using our homegrown ingredients to honour each other and those who feed us so very well. .

The menus are arriving, too! Check out the birch syrup glazed smoked Gindara sablefish at Chateau Whistler or Chef Nancy Hinton’s marine green salad (sea spinach, sea asparagus, Canadian sandspurry and sea rocket), smoked eel and arctic char.  You may want to try on some Bauer Kitchen sticky maple & rye barbecue beef ribs or Miijidaa’s multi course menu that casts a spotlight on Canada’s many ecosystems from the forest and wetlands to the tundra and Prairie Grasslands.







The Food Day Canada Playbook: How to Put Canada on the Menu!

On August 4th, Food Day Canada/ Journée des terroirs , Canadian chefs and all of our partners are sending out an invitation to Canada’s foodies, be they chefs or home cooks, to join the Party and PUT CANADA ON THE MENU!


It’s stunningly easy. 

Shop Like a Canadian! – Check out our patriotic shopping list.  

Cook Like a Canadian!  - We even provide some recipes to get you started with the emphasis on those tariff-bearing foods we import.

Share Like a Canadian!  - Take some food images of your local foods, drinks, ingredients (no lemons or bananas please) and add the #fooddaycanada on Twitter, on Instagram, on Facebook. 

Then, Watch the Canadian Stories Unfold as YOUR posts are added to our national scrapbook of culinary memories on our website. 









Statements of Support and Congratulations



Culture is a response to place, and food is an essential part of culture; we know who we are because of how we have responded to our geography. Food Day Canada is one day to cook something of our individual places with the knowledge that we are bound together by this notion called Canada. We are grateful to Anita for bringing us all together on August 4 for the fifteenth consecutive year.  

Zita Cobb, Innkeeper, Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland 

I am proud to join our community of chefs, farmers, fisherfolk and culinary artisans coast to coast to coast as we gather and celebrate our national food holiday.

Chef Michael Smith, Author & Co-owner, Inn at Bay Fortune, PEI 

We are proud to support the outstanding work of Food Day Canada. Anita’s passion to promote the best of Canadian terroir is not only inspiring chefs across the country to showcase the flavours of our land, but is also putting Canada on the menus of the world.  

- Shanna Munro, President & CEO of Restaurants Canada. 

We all must continue to be dedicated, curious and ambitious in our exploration of Canadian cuisineThere’s no better way to show your Canadian spirit than by embracing our country’s ingredients, techniques and traditions on Food Day Canada.

- Anthony Walsh, Corporate Executive Chef for Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality

Gone are the days we need to import high quality ingredients, the best ingredients are home grown in Canada. … Every August, in the peak of our rich and varied growing season we as a country come together to celebrate as a nation on Food Day Canada. It’s this collaborative networking of Canadian cooks, producers and diners that help define how rich in food we are in Canada!

- Michael Allemeier, Educator and CMC (Certified Master Chef), Calgary, Alberta

Food Day Canada is our one national day to celebrate the great food fortune we have in this country. Our great fortune of land, water, climate, farmers, scientists, home cooks, chefs, restaurants and retailers that bring  a bounty of great food to us everyday. But on this one day, in the middle of our precious summer, we have a chance to give thanks and to celebrate great Canadian food. I will be celebrating on August 4, and I hope all Canadians will be as well.  

- Rene Van Acker, Ph.D., P.Ag., Dean and Professor, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph


IMAGES? A taste of some of the available photography…


Create your OWN Menu!

…and how about some 

OR, you can take a short course on the art and science of making your own ice cream: 


Thanks to our many active PARTNERS

University of Guelph, The Arrell Food Institute, Restaurants Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada, KitchenAid Canada, George Brown College, Taste of Nova Scotia, Culinary Tourism Alliance, Taste and Travel Magazine, Ontario Craft Brewers & of course, Canada Beef

Media Advisory

What: Canada’s food community is coming together to declare Food Day Canada/ Journée des terroirs, as Canada’s local food day.  Cook like a Canadian. Eat like a Canadian. Shop like a Canadian. Let’s put Canada on the Menu! 

Who: Anyone and everyone; chefs, home cooks, farmers, fishers, writers, ranchers…anyone who loves Canadian ingredients.  

Where: Anywhere and everywhere in Canada!  Backyard BBQs, picnics, dine in, dine out.  Enjoy Canadian-grown, Canadian-made food. 

When: All Day Long on Saturday August 4th, 2018 

Contact Information:  

Anita Stewart, Founder, Food Day Canada





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