From barbecued salmon cookouts to giant beer festivals — it’s all kicking off in Canada this summer. Here are just a few of the brilliant food and drink events to make a beeline for in 2017.
When: July 1
Since 1945, the oceanside town of Steveston has celebrated Canada Day with salmon. More than 70,000 come to start the day with a big pancake breakfast followed by celebrations that involve floats, marching bands, and a giant salmon barbecue where more than 1,200 pounds of wild salmon filets are grilled over open fire pits.
Food trucks across the Okanagan
When: All summer
Brilliant local food trucks like Crasian Food Truck will be popping up at vineyards, orchards, and breweries across the region. Head to Kettle River Brewing Co. on August 6 for sriracha fries and tempura fish tacos to go with your “mini micro brew” at the brewery’s vinyl pop-up party.
When: June 3
The start of summer is rhubarb season, and from coast to coast there’ll be festivals celebrating the country’s favourite polygonaceae. Check out Calgary’s epic rhubarb festival, now in its fifth year, for all the jammy pink pie you can handle.
When: June 2-3
Join 15,000 other beer fans to sample more than 300 types of beer from 70+ breweries, including Banff Ave Brewing Co. and Yukon Brewing. There’ll be beer seminars, you can vote for your fave brew in the People’s Choice awards, and you can get a round or three of food in from representing local restaurants like The Great Indian Factory — they’ll be serving up perfect biryanis and kebabs at the event.
When: August 21
Fun fact: Saskatchewan produces four-fifths of the mustard grown for global export, hence this party where Regina’s Wascana Park transform into a mustard mecca where 2,000 revelers vye for hot pork kebabs and cheddar and ale soup while live music plays. Tip: Don’t knock mustard-cranberry cookies till you’ve tried ’em!
When: August 4-6
Coming into its 52nd year, at this Dauphin festival you’ll find all the borscht, pierogies, garlic sausage, cabbage rolls, and desserts you can handle. This is a massive long weekend celebration, and it’s also known for its dancers, ceremonial horseback riders, arts and crafts.
When: June 10
At this party, more than a dozen epic trucks serve up everything from fresh churros to gourmet tacos. Thirteen local breweries will be representing, plus there’ll be live music by indie rockers The Elwins.
Celebrate the city’s French-speaking Caribbean and African communities with reggae, dancehall, soca beats and — of course — Caribbean island cooking for sale.
Poutine Fest de Montreal
When: August 8 – 13
Poutine Fest de Montreal will see the city’s chefs take fries, cheese curds, and gravy to a whole new level with toppings that include lobster and jerk pork. Every day of the festival, there’ll be great live music and DJs performing.
When: August 25
The best farmers, musicians, brewers, fisherman, cooks, and craftsmen will come to Tremblant for an afternoon of slow-smoke hog barbecues, oysters, cornbread, crafted beer, and brilliant music in a wonderful taste of the South.
Food trucks in Halifax
When: All summer
The Nova Scotia capital has a wicked food truck scene, especially in the warmer months. Look out for local favourites Gecko Bus for giant burrito bowl salads, and Lobster Jo’s for, yes, super fresh lobster.
When: 25 June
If you can get yourself to this annual dinner in Lakeville, where the people that caught, cooked and prepared your shellfish will also serve your meal and eat alongside you, you’ll be in for a brilliant time.
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