In the world of food blogging, Canada Day is one particular celebration that’s almost completely void of food that mimics the colours and/or patriotic symbolism of this beautiful country. Here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen, I have a few recipes that celebrate America’s Fourth of July. So, this year, I decided to up my Canada Day recipe game as well.
ARE CANADIANS AS PATRIOTIC AS AMERICANS?
Using the word patriotic to describe Canada is not something I feel really comfortable with doing. It’s not that Canucks aren’t a proud people; I think it’s the fact that Canadians are modest and humble. Of course, I’m not stating that in contrast, Americans aren’t those things as well. But, it seems that America loves a good excuse to host a party!
You must admit, my Dear American Reader, the Fourth of July is a huge deal for you. Just a few years ago, while writing up a recipe, I found some facts about America’s Independence Day. I stumbled upon a fact sheet which I found extremely interesting. The website had compiled a list of Fourth of July food consumption.
THE TRUTH IS IN THE NUMBERS
Americans consume around 155 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July. They also spend 92 million dollars on chips, 167 million on watermelon, and 341 million on beer. If you were to do the math, our numbers would be a small fraction of those.
So, why is it that Canadians don’t celebrate Canada Day with more red and white food? Do a search on Pinterest for Canada Day food and then do another search for Fourth of July food. See the major difference? The only reason I can think of is that Canada Day is not usually celebrated like Independence Day.
THE CELEBRATION IS DIFFERENT
Americans tend to celebrate Independence Day with with fireworks. They have parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies. In addition, events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States take place on July 4th as well.
In contrast, Canadians usually celebrate Canada Day with fireworks and live music. Large outdoor concerts featuring some of Canada’s best musicians and singers are a very common attraction. In smaller towns there might be a parade or a community volunteer-based pancake breakfast. It is surely not a large spectacle like it is for our neighbours to the south.
THE RED, WHITE, AND
When it comes to red and white food, there’s not an over abundance of it on Canada Day. Local grocery stores stock red and white cakes and cupcakes. Every Tim Horton’s has a red and white cookie. And, I think that’s about it. So, I say, let’s change it! Let’s up our red and white Canada Day themed food. Who’s with me?
Oh, and let’s try to stay away from dyes and colourings. There’s so many food items that are red and can be used to create yummy Canada Day food. If you must use food colouring, go ahead. But, I’m going to try to keep these Red Berry Swirl Tartlets colouring free. The raspberries and strawberries take care of the red part, while the white part is that delicious cream cheese filling.
Canada has numerous foods that we call our own and we are super proud of. We all know and love poutine. Then, there’s nanimo bars, which are one of my favourite homemade treats. We can’t forget about donairs and buttertarts. Oh, and there’s bannock and Montreal-style bagels too. And, of course, maple syrup.
However you celebrate Canada Day, I hope you have fun and enjoy it to the fullest. We live in a great country. We should acknowledge that and be thankful for it every chance we get, not only on July 1st. Whether your celebrations are big or small; whether it’s with lots of red and white food or a pizza delivery; I wish you a happy and safe Canada Day!