Food Day Canada

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2021 DateJuly 31, 2021
Food Day Canada

Food Day Canada History

Food Day Canada seeks to celebrate Canadian culinary arts and the industries that make them possible. This day aims to show appreciation for the agriculture and food sectors in Canada. It acknowledges farmers, fishermen, producers, everyone who contributes to supplying food for Canadians. It is a day in which only Canadian ingredients should be used to make meals.

Food Day Canada was established in 2003 by culinary pioneer Anita Stewart. It began as a response to the sanction of Canadian beef by the United States due to a case of mad cow disease in Alberta. Today, it is a celebration of Canadians and their food. This day is observed annually on the Saturday in August closest to Civic Holiday.

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Food Day Canada Facts & Quotes

  • Canada is the fifth largest exporter of agricultural and agri-food products in the world according to the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. Exports total about $56 billion each year.
  • According to the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, agriculture and food account for 11% of Canada's goods gross domestic product and 10% of Canada's merchandise trade.
  • Food Day Canada is also a time for Torontonians and all Canadians to share their food stories and celebrate food by cooking with Canadian ingredients - Mayor John Tory, Food Day Canada 2020

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