Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

July 14, 2010 15:55 ET

Government of Canada Promotes the Best Food in the World at the Calgary Stampede

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - July 14, 2010) -

Editor's note: Two photos are associated with this release.

Today, the Government of Canada showcased the safe, delicious and high-quality foods that Canadian farmers produce in a breakfast hosted by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz at the Calgary Stampede. Minister Ritz was joined by Agriculture Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux and industry leaders, who rolled up their sleeves to assist a selection of top Canadian chefs in cooking up the feast and spreading the word about Canada's world-class agriculture products.

"We know Canadian farmers grow and produce the best food in the world and we're not shy to say it," said Minister Ritz. "Our Government maximizes every opportunity, like the tremendous Calgary Stampede, to promote Canadian agriculture because we know increased international trade will deliver profits to the farm gate, stimulate economic growth, and deliver benefits to all Canadians."

This event was part of the Government of Canada's on-going work to expand and re-invigorate international markets and follows a similar event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Domestic and international media were invited to savour diverse menu featuring key Canadian export products such as beef, pork, canola and pulse crops (peas, beans and lentils). Canadian chefs Ned Bell, Chris Aerni, Jean-Pierre Curtat and Michael Allemeier created the menu while culinary expert, Anita Stewart, served as emcee. 

As one of Canada's most recognized tourist destinations, the Calgary Stampede provided a high-profile venue to showcase Canadian agriculture as it attracts visitors from around the globe and generates an annual economic impact of more than $100 million.

For more information about this morning's Savour Canada event, including photos and for recipes of the dishes prepared by the chefs, visit


Anita Stewart – a Canadian gastronomer and author – was the Master of Ceremonies and, using knowledge of the sector, delivered key messages about the quality, diversity and distinctiveness of Canadian food.

The four Chefs participating in the Savour Canada event include:

Chef Ned Bell from British Columbia

Chef Chris Aerni from New Brunswick

Chef Jean-Pierre Curtat from Quebec

Chef Michael Allemeier from Alberta

For biographies on each Chef, or information and recipes on the dishes they prepared for the Savour Canada event, visit Video and photo will also be available.

To view the photos associated with this release, please visit the following links:

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
    Meagan Murdoch
    Press Secretary