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Choose local for Food Day Canada menu

Canadian food icon Anita Stewart, left, celebrates the promotion of Food Day Canada with Prince Edward County's youngest food producers Ruby Lister, Edan, Lukas and Rhys Lister-Stevens and Vicki Emlaw, of Vicki's Veggies.

Canadian food icon and celebrated cookbook author Anita Stewart launched Food Day Canada preparations in Picton Tuesday welcoming local chefs and producers who will serve up Canadian food July 30.
Stewart, who created Food Day Canada last year, has combed the nation searching for culinary heroes who exhibit a daily, ongoing commitment to buying, cooking and serving local food. When her search reached Prince Edward County, she was overwhelmed with the options when choosing local restaurants, chefs and food producers to celebrate and promote the day.
Karin Desveaux Potters, of the County’s economic development office, worked closely with Stewart to identify and connect local producers and chefs and to identify chefs who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to local food.
“With “field-to-table” cuisine and culinary tourism key drivers in our local food economy, this kid of celebration fits in well with this part of our strategy,” Desveaux-Potters said.
“As the Gastronomic Capital of Ontario, who could be surprised that the national list includes many from Prince Edward County,” said Mayor Peter Mertens. “This is awesome for Prince Edward County and for us it’s not a long reach to eat local. We live it and practise it here. A lot of people come to the County because of the variety and freshness here.”
“Canada really, truly celebrates our food,” said Stewart. “Canada Food Day is a tribute to the really great producers, chefs and consumers in Canada.”
Food Day Canada started in response to the BSE (mad-cow disease) crisis in 2003, calling Canadians to action by putting beef on their barbecues. Since then, the day has turned into a celebration of Canadian produced foods.
Public participation on Food Day Canada Saturday, July 30 couldn’t be easier: simply eat 100 per cent Canadian!

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