In a couple of days will be July 1st, Canada Day. This national holiday celebrates Canada’s birthday and every celebration has food.
Besides all things maple what can a vegetarian/vegan expect to eat when travelling in Canada? Today’s Meatless Monday presents a brief synopsis along with a Canada Day tasting menu.
Canada is the world’s second largest country in land mass with the majority of its 35 million or so citizens living in the southern part of the country. The country is divided into 10 provinces (southern part) and 3 territories (northern part) with regional differences in culture, food and accents. Canadian food varies depending on the region, climate and influence of immigration of all its citizens.¹
¹Starting from the beginning…the Indigenous people to the French, English and countless others from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South Pacific, Central and South America.
Vegetarians/vegans can expect to find tasty and nutritious food quite easily in big city centres and surprisingly in small towns too. There are also a number of festivals that cater to the vegetarian/vegan: VegFest Vancouver; the Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-off; Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival; Festival végane de Montréal; Halifax VegFest. See also, listing for Canada on vegan.com
- There are lots of fruit and wine to be had in the west and the east. BC and Ontario are renowned for their fruity offerings from their many orchards and vineyards. BC cherries and peaches, Ontario strawberries and McIntosh apples, ice wine and the list goes on.
*Not all wines are vegetarian/vegan. Check out barnivore.com to confirm.
- A stew, a burger or a soup made with Prairie lentils. Saskatchewan is the centre of the prairie provinces and also the “…world’s largest exporter of green lentils“.
More about the lure of lentils.
- Combine the French and English in one delicious bite: Quebec maple syrup poured on Calgary Stampede style pancakes-homemade of course.
And now to the Maritimes…
- Poutine made with PEI potatoes and topped with ‘cheeze’ from Canada based company Daiya.
- Nova Scotia baked beans with brown bread. A complete protein and filling meal on a cool day.
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- Cape Breton oatcake with blueberry jam. P.S. Vegans can swap out the butter in the oatcakes with coconut oil.
- Everyone needs their greens so why not try a fiddlehead salad? Take care when you prepare these ferns.
Fiddlehead Heaven Forest
Fiddlehead Health and Nutrition