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Shop and eat like a Canadian: Food Day Canada on Aug. 1, 2020

August 1, 2020

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, is the 10th anniversary of Food Day Canada, a day to celebrate and shine a light on Canadian cuisine.

It’s pretty simple. Just enjoy your favourite Canadian foods and drinks.

  • View the “Shop Like a Canadian” list, focusing specifically on our homegrown ingredients.  It’s a full-on, pride-filled shopping list.
  • Click here for a list of buildings and locations that will be lit with red and white lights today and tomorrow in honour of Canada's agri-food workers, including farmers.
  • Add the hashtag #FoodDayCanada to your social media posts about Canadian food and Canadian pride.



Did you know?

Fun facts about Canadian food from the Food Day Canada website

  • Canada produces our own salt ... both sea salt (on both coasts) and mined (Goderich, Ont.).
  • There are two areas that harvest sugar beets for granulated sugar—southwestern Ontario and Lethbridge, Alta.
  • Hamilton-based mustard miller G.S. Dunn is the largest on the planet and Canadian mustard seeds are considered to be the finest on earth.
  • Dr. Al Slinkard, the father of the Canadian lentil industry (we grow more than any other nation), still lives in Saskatoon, Sask.
  • New varieties of beans are being constantly cross-bred, selected and released by the University of Guelph plant breeding programs. 
  • Seaweeds are becoming the hot new veggies on both coasts.
  • Canadian durum wheat is the basic ingredient of pasta and couscous all around the world for one reason ... it’s just so good!
  • The Gellatly Tree Nut Orchard in the Okanagan, B.C., is the oldest in Canada and has its own array of varieties.
  • Pawpaw trees grow in southern Ontario. 
  • 98 per cent of Canadian farms are family owned and operated.


Shop, cook, and eat like a Canadian on Saturday Aug. 1, and show your gratitude for the amazing food we have in Canada and all the great people that make it happen.

Visit the Food Day Canada website for more information and articles about Canadian cuisine.

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