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Food Day Canada officially recognized by Parliament

May 23, 2023  By Greenhouse Canada

May 23, 2023 – The Food Day in Canada Act (Bill S-227) passed in Parliament earlier this month. Once the bill receives royal assent, the Saturday before the first Monday in August will officially be known as Food Day in Canada, a day to celebrate Canadian-grown food and recognize those who contribute to this country’s agriculture, food, and cuisine.

As Canada’s food university, the University of Guelph has been involved with Food Day Canada since its inception in 2003. That was the year Anita Stewart, late University of Guelph food laureate, helped organize the “World’s Longest Barbecue” to support Canadian beef growers who were struggling with the U.S. border closure prompted by a case of mad cow disease in Alberta.

Meant as a one-time gesture of support, the event evolved into an annual, nationwide celebration of all Canadian food.


The annual event coincides every year with the August long weekend.

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