Alexander Yoshiki of Ontario, Canada
I found out about the World’s Longest Barbecue for Food Day Canada at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market (a Farmers’ Market of local (within 100 miles) and organic produce). Everyone was encouraged to sample some of the local foods being grilled up by market manager Elizabeth Harris’ husband John and myself. Market vendors donated herbs, spices, oils, condiments and food for the event including lamb sausage from Scotch Mountain Meats, Elk Burgers, Zucchini, Beats, Beat leaves, Green Onion, Bread from St. John’s Bakery and Potatoes. It seemed anything can be BBQ’d with a little brushing of oil and some salt. People were also welcomed to purchase produce from the market and BBQ it themselves. One person bought a zucchini and decided to not use any oil or salt and it turned out great. Someone came with their 90 year old mother – who tried Elk for her very first time. It was a fantastic event and in the spirit of Anita Stewarts World’s Longest Barbecue I picked up some Lamb Sausage, Sweet Potato, Zucchini and Bread and headed to my Mom’s place in Aurora to BBQ it. Brushed with a little olive oil and some fresh chopped sage – the vegetables turned out great! My mom even had some Swiss Chard growing in her backyard and we threw that on the BBQ as well. This BBQ to celebrate local food is a great idea and I look forward to celebrating it again each year!