It just seemed right that the hashtag for our first Twitter Party is #CanadaISfood. Nowhere on earth is a nation overflowing with such a wealth of edible treasures.
As we prepared to celebrate our 13th Food Day Canada, we reflected on the ways we, as Canadians, harvest, prepare and feast on our great northern bounty.
We believe that Canada IS food and the world is richer for it! And so did YOU. On July 28, using the handle @FoodDayCanada and #CanadaISfood, in less than an hour there were well over 18 million impressions and a trend line that surfaced in Toronto at about 8:45 pm.
Here are the Questions and soon we’ll be inserting some of the responses!
Our Ambassadors/Hosts who led and vaulted through the conversations!
Cassandra Anderton is a freelance travel, food, wine and lifestyle writer, broadcaster and blogger and the publisher of Good Life Vancouver. She is passionate about all things local and loves to travel to investigate what others are doing to promote their local culture. A foodie first and foremost, Anderton will never say no to a good craft beer, of BC Wine. Born in New Zealand, home-grown in the Okanagan, Anderton now makes Vancouver her home.@
A trained culinary expert, Jennifer Bartoli grew up in France where she was immersed in the food realm from a very early age. After obtaining her culinary diploma from the International Culinary Centre in New York City, she worked as a freelance food writer, recipe developer and food stylist. She now works as a Food Specialist in the Canadian Living Test Kitchen where she develops recipes for the magazine’s food pages as well as shares her food knowledge and recipe ideas on the magazine’s website. You’ll find her daily cooking experiments on her Instagram account, @JennBartoli
Andrew Campbell is a farmer, with a passion for agriculture advocacy, social media and new technology. With the farm, known as Bellson Farms, he and his family milk holsteins and grow corn, soybeans, wheat and hay in Southwestern Ontario’s Middlesex County. With his communication’s company Fresh Air Media, he speaks and works with companies and organizations across Canada interested in harnessing the power of today’s communication tools to inform a consumer about agriculture, food and farm practices.@
Dan Clapson is a food writer and columnist based out of Calgary. His array of published works covers everything from restaurant features and chef profiles to creating recipes and hands-on culinary experiences. In addition to writing for many recognizable Canadian media sources like Avenue, enRoute, Westjet Magazine and Food Network Canada, he has spent time with many Canadian chefs in professional kitchens to help hone his own culinary skills. He is also the co-founder of an award-winning Canadian food website, Eat North When there’s a break with the pen and paper keyboard typing, you can find Clapson making guest appearances on many morning news shows across the country like CTV Morning Live and Breakfast Television, but more regularly on Global Calgary as their restaurant correspondent, as well as weekly on 660 News Radio.
New Brunwicker,Chef Jesse Vergen, is a fisher, farmer and a strong believer in the local food movement. Educated at Dubrulle French Culinary School, Jesse travelled across the country working in restaurants and hotels before settling in his native New Brunswick where he is the executive chef at Saint John Ale House, the chef and owner of Smoking Pig BBQ, chef and partner of Cleaver Catering and farmer and partner of Harmony Growers Vegetables. Jesse grew up on an organic farm and today, he and his wife Kim are raising their three children in Quispamsis, NB, to know where their food comes from.@
AND There’re going to be Great Prizes from ALL across #Canada
Thanks to Harper Collins Canada; Appetite/Random House Canada; The University of Guelph Bee Research Lab; Restaurant Les Fougères, Chef Andrew Winfield of River Café; Newfoundland Seasonings; Barry Parsons and Rock Recipes, Breakwater Books and Janet Boileau, Publisher, Taste & Travel Magazine.