Culinary collecting celebrates legacy of Anita Stewart, 20 yrs of Food items Working day Canada

ELORA – The savoury scent of freshly geared up Canadian substances fills the air as cooks and cooks training their culinary chops on the Jack R. MacDonald bridge on Aug. 1.

Foodies and inhabitants alike are cradling scorching dishes of smoked brisket and seafood paella as they discover other offerings from the likes of LaFontana, The Pleasant Society and The Wild Tart in the warm glow of a late afternoon summer months sunshine.

A reside band performs “Drops of Jupiter” as a track record keep track of though individuals appear collectively over a mouthwatering journey in Canadian foodstuff, suitable at house in downtown Elora.

The accumulating kicked off the 20th anniversary of Meals Day Canada, and celebrated the culinary legacy of the late Anita Stewart.

The Elora resident used a life time advocating for Canadian meals and introduced folks alongside one another in kitchens across the nation with her several cookbooks.

A cookbook signed by Anita Stewart in 1987 and gifted to Resa Lent of Desert Rose Cafe. Photograph by Jordan Snobelen


If only she could have only been there on Tuesday night.

Coined “Party on the Bridge,” the collecting began with a discussion atop the Elora Mill Granary as a person of Anita’s 4 sons, Jeff Stewart, Mill workers and Elora BIA users ignored Mill Avenue.

Putting on a shirt with a phrase Anita considered up — “Kiss a chef, hug a farmer, take in serious food” — Jeff recollects contemplating “What could this be?”

“Next point you know, there’s a bunch of people today finding associated,” he says.

The Elora Mill, Elora BIA, Elora Centre for the Arts, Riverfest Elora and a lot of other folks contributed their know-how to make the function transpire.

“And listed here we are currently,” Jeff explained, searching out around the Grand River running beneath the downtown pedestrian bridge, incorporating it “feels surreal.”

Foodies and people peruse culinary offerings introduced on the Jack R. MacDonald pedestrian bridge in downtown Elora for a “Party on the Bridge” function on Aug. 1 to rejoice the legacy of the late Anita Stewart and Foodstuff Day Canada. Picture by Jordan Snobelen


Although the dishes being served up may trace their origins to much-off locations this kind of as Brazil, as is the case with a picanha beef dish, Canadian interpretations and flavours ended up entrance and centre.

A seafood dish served by the Elora Mill incorporated mussels and scallops from Nova Scotia and oysters from British Columbia.

Canada’s meals also reaches plates significantly past our borders, Jeff notes.

Anyone lathering Dijon mustard, named after the French city of Dijon, onto a burger in France, may be having seeds developed in Manitoba (Canada’s prairies are 1 of world’s biggest producers of mustard seed).

A seafood paella dish viewed on the Jack R. MacDonald pedestrian bridge in downtown Elora for a “Party on the Bridge” function on Aug. 1. Image by Jordan Snobelen


Foodstuff Working day Canada, being celebrated this weekend on Aug. 5, was started by Anita in 2003 to assuage fears in excess of an outbreak of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow ailment, at the time.

Anita arranged the “world’s longest barbecue” with a target on beef.

“She reported, ‘let’s get Canada’s beef on the barbecue and assistance out farmers,’” Jeff remembers.

Cooks, cafe and farmers across the nation ensured beef was a well known feature on the menu.

As the function obtained momentum and mad cow abated, the concentration shifted to regionally developed and generated foodstuff throughout Canada.

Components are carried by a crowd on the Jack R. MacDonald pedestrian bridge in downtown Elora for a “Party on the Bridge” function on Aug. 1. Image by Jordan Snobelen


Anita preferred people to feel about buying and consuming locally grown food items as a aware selection, Jeff suggests.

The event has given that turn out to be a Canada-large celebration of foodstuff and people today — from farm to fork.

Many thanks to modern parliamentary initiatives of Senator Rob Black and Perth-Wellington MP John Nater, the Saturday of each individual August very long weekend is now formally acknowledged as Foodstuff Working day Canada.

“Mom had an indelible affect on meals in Canada and in Elora,” Jeff tells the Advertiser.

“Maybe to a specific degree she’s observing out,” he suggests, taking a minute as tears start to slide.

“I would like she was right here to see it.”

If she had been, there’s minimal doubt in Jeff’s mind that Anita, an at any time supportive mom, would say how proud she is.

“It’s absolutely great to be portion of her legacy,” he mentioned.

Anita Stewart


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