Tasty Tangents

Food, life and other morsels

The food makes it…

I have lots of happy memories of nibbles at some favourite destinations, and I don’t mean restaurants. I mean having funnel cakes at Canada’s Wonderland, the local amusement park. I’m talking about cotton candy at the fall fair, roast pork at the annual backyard picnic and the famous burgers at our favourite summer beach spot. So many places come with happy memories that have a little food mixed into them.

But what amazes me now is the events being built around food, where it is the focus of an entire event. One of my personal favourites was London’s Ribfest, a staple of hubby and my summer routine for years. There’s also Toronto’s “Taste of Danforth,” a festival of Greek cuisine, and strawberry, sausage, garlic, maple syrup, chicken wing, peach and pumpkin festivals. And that’s just in southern Ontario. I wonder what’s next? I think it’s great that we’re celebrating food, and appreciating food. And as the push towards more local and fresh food increases, both eaters and growers should be celebrating the bounty.

One Comment

  1. I love this entry. And I think there’s much more to be said on this point. There’s an amazing array of events and occasions founded in the food you eat when you join.

    Our entire culture is based off of this. It’s interesting though to see the differences between food events (such as these strawberry and southern ontario festivals you speak) and family events – where cultures celebrate their traditional food in the traditional way, the way mom taught them.

    I’m looking forward to a future post that discusses the importance of food and tradition. Might be a long one but it will definitely be great!