Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 28, 2011 11:11 ET

Government of Canada Encourages all to "Eat Canadian" on Food Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2011) - On July 30th, Canadians are encouraged to recognize the hard work of Canadian farmers and food producers by taking part in Food Day Canada celebrations and eating Canadian food.

"Canadians should be proud of our farmers and processors for producing some of the tastiest, safest and freshest products in the world," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "On July 30th and all year round, we encourage Canadians to incorporate all-Canadian ingredients in their meals at home, or by visiting one of the approximately 300 participating restaurants across the country that will be serving all-Canadian menus on Food Day Canada."

Food Day is an ideal opportunity on a summer weekend for Canadians to share their culturally diverse recipes, their garden bounties, as well as farmer's hard work. It began in 2003 as "The World's Longest Barbeque," a nation-wide response to sanctions of Canadian beef exports and the hardships it imposed on our agricultural community. Today, it has evolved into an annual mid-summer celebration where Canada's farmers, food producers and restaurants join together to promote home-grown agricultural treasures with citizens.

Food Day Canada is an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate that contribution when they sit down to a meal of all-Canadian ingredients. Agriculture is an essential part of Canada's economy. The industry accounts for about 2 million jobs and contributes some 8% to Canada's Gross Domestic Product.

"Our farmers and processors have made Canada a trusted supplier of high quality food as they comply with stringent food safety and environmental regulations and have implemented many world-leading programs to meet the demands of customers" said Minister Ritz. "I spend a lot of time with industry promoting agricultural exports and we continue to see that once our global customers get a taste of Canada's safe, high-quality, nutritious food, they come back wanting more."

For more information about Food Day Canada 2011, including recipe ideas and a list of participating restaurants, visit

Contact Information

  • Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Meagan Murdoch
    Director of Communications
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz