How to Celebrate ‘Food Day in Canada’ in Kelowna and Victoria

You must eat.

So, might as well eat fabulously and locally.

That’s the mantra for today’s Canada Food Day, the last Saturday of every July, which aims to inspire everyone to shop, cook and dine in Canada.

Thus, it is also a day to celebrate farmers, fishermen, chefs, food researchers and home cooks.

Kelowna and Victoria are two Food Day Canada featured cities for our thriving food scenes.

At 9 p.m., The Sails sculpture at the foot of Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna and the front fountain and ceremonial entrance to the BC Legislative Assembly in Victoria’s Inner Harbor will be illuminated in red and white (the colors of the apartment) in honor of Food Day Canada.

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<p>If you take a photo of the lighting, or your own lighting or any food you’re cooking or enjoying today, you can post it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #FoodDayCanada for a chance to win a three-quarter KitchenAid blender or Canadian-grown gift basket.</p>
<p>Vancouver Island restaurants commemorating Canada Food Day with special menus include Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub and Part and Parcel, both in Victoria, The Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino and Heartwood Kitchen in Ucluelet.</p>
<p>In Kelowna, restaurants include Raudz Regional Table, Micro Bar+Bites, Sunny’s Diner, The Lookout at Gray Monk Winery, and Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar.</p>
<p>Speaking of Waterfront, the restaurant’s chef, owner and sommelier, Mark Filatow, is a Food Day Canada star chef.</p>
<p><img alt= Photo credit courtesy of Waterfront Restaurant Mark Filatow of the Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar in Kelowna is one of Food Day Canada’s featured chefs.” data-src=”https://www.kelownanow.com/files/files/images/waterfront%20restaurant.jpg” style= “margin: 5px;”/>

Filatow’s recipe for Lentil-Crusted Quadra Island Scallops is highlighted on the FoodDayCanada.ca website.

You don’t have to go to a red and white lit landmark or eat in a restaurant to participate in Food Day Canada.

You just need to buy local ingredients and cook.

It’s something you could very well do every day, but by doing it again on Canada Food Day and recognizing it, you amplify the awareness of how lucky we are to live (and to eat) in this generous country.

Canada Food Day was created by the late Anita Stewart in 2003.

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<p>The cookbook author, CBC food columnist and University of Waterloo laureate wanted a platform to honor farmers and ranchers, in person and online.</p>
<p>Last year, Food Day Canada took place in Kelowna when Guelph coordinator Crystal Mackay came to town to pick up produce at the Kelowna Farmer’s Market, lunch at Frankie We Salute You vegetarian restaurant, afternoon tea at CedarCreek Estate Winery and dinner at the Regional Table in Raudz.</p>
<p>Along the way, Mackay posted videos, photos and details of her day in Kelowna to Food Day Canada’s 45,000 Facebook, Instagram and Twitter followers.</p>
<p>In total, it resulted in over 15 million digital impressions as people shared Mackay’s posts, shared their own posts, made a pledge to shop, cook and dine like a Canadian at <a href=FoodDayCanada.ca.

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