Food Day Canada
A couple of weekends ago, we headed across the province to attend the Food Day Canada events. Food Day Canada is a chance for Canadians to join together in celebrating local farmers, fishermen, chefs, and of course, the foodies too. On Saturday, August 5th, the largest Food Day festival of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador, was held in Grand Falls- Windsor!
While in town, we had the chance to attend two of the Food Day Canada events. On Friday we had the opportunity to join all of the chefs, sponsors and their families in having a celebratory pig roast in the brand new Corduroy Brook building. Featuring a bright open concept design with vaulted ceilings, tall windows and a wrap-around deck, this new community fixture was a perfect location to enjoy dinner with new friends while taking in the natural scenery of the lush Corduroy Brook trails.
Along with the pig roast, the chefs cooked up a full table of local mussels, plenty of salads, fresh rolls and delicious desserts for us to pick at throughout the evening.
On Saturday, the main event, The Grand Toyota Perfectly Centered Culinary Festival took place in the Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium and featured eleven chefs. The chef list included local favourites such as Roary Macpherson, Shaun Hussey, Mark McCrowe, and Roger Andrews as well as few top Canadian chefs including John Higgins, the director of George Brown Chef School in Toronto, and Anne Yarymowich, a highly awarded chef and now culinary educator at George Brown College. Chef stations lined the periphery of the stadium while the centre tables were packed with food lovers.
The event was hosted by Shaun Majumder, who joked on stage “my favourite audience is a food court” and in speaking with him afterwards he explained to us that doing stand up at busy events like these can be tricky but his love for central Newfoundland draws him back. It’s evident through his many sold out events, such as The Gathering, that central Newfoundland loves him in return.
Each dish created by the chefs featured locally sourced food from land and water, though each chef was sure to put their own twist on the ingredients. Chef Mark McCrowe, of restaurants “Aqua” and “The Club”, did a fresh take on a Newfoundland favourite with a Korean Salmon dish, while Chef Andrea Nicholson did a Rabbit Rilette with a Black Current Gastrique. A fan favourite of the evening, however, was the Touton Bites with Screech Carmel from Chef Roary Macpherson. I wish I could have another taste of this one, that's for sure!
Macpherson spoke with the crowd about how food events like these are all about “mingling and building community” and this sentiment seemed to be felt by all. With great food to fill bellies, fantastic entertainment on stage, and an enthusiastic crowd devouring it all, Macpherson exuded confidence in seeing more events like this take place in central. We spoke with his during the pig roast and he told us that central Newfoundland is thirsty for more events like this. As Machpherson left the stage to commence the presentation of the dishes to guests he stated, “meet, mingle and linger”, which was exactly what we did.