Perhaps the biggest news in Canadian food this week was the announcement that Winnipeg’s annual RAW:almond will not be taking place this year at The Forks. After seven years of providing Winnipeggers with one of Canada’s most unique culinary draws, the annual pop-up will be put on hold for 2020 while Deer + Almond reevaluate how to become more environmentally friendly in the future.
Dalhousie University recently released the results of a nationwide survey, which indicated that almost 90 per cent of Canadians are concerned about rising food costs in 2020. The survey comes after the results of Canada’s annual Food Price Report suggested that Canadian families will pay up to an extra $487 for food next year.
Speaking of rising food costs, according to Food Banks Canada, food bank visits across the country reported a total of over one million visits in the month of March alone, but many Canadians are rallying to aid the situation. In this year’s annual Edmonton Turkey Drive, CBC Edmonton, along with hundreds of Edmontonians were able to raise a staggering $523,603 in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank.
Here are five stories you might have missed in food news this week.
Winnipeg’s annual RAW: Almond not happening in 2020
After seven years of providing Winnipeggers with one of Canada’s most unique culinary draws, Deer + Almond recently announced that their RAW:almond pop-up will not be taking place in 2020. While some have suggested the year off is in part due to poor river conditions, both a spokesperson for The Forks and Deer + Almond owner Mandel Hitzer maintain the decision was made to reevaluate how to make the pop-up more environmentally friendly in the future.
Get the full story at CBC News.
Canadians concerned about rising food prices
After the findings of Canada’s 10th annual Food Price Report indicated that Canadians will see rising food prices in 2020, Dalhousie University conducted a nationwide scan to determine what Canadians’ perceptions were on food affordability. The results of the survey revealed that 87 per cent of Canadians feel that food prices are rising at a faster rate than their household income. Additionally, close to 70 per cent are most concerned about rising vegetable prices, and over 50 per cent of Canadians are looking to change their food shopping habits.
Find out more at Global News.
Alberta liquor and cannabis stores now permitted to open on Christmas
Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) recently lifted restrictions to allow liquor and cannabis stores, as well as certain bars and restaurants to be open on Christmas Day. In a news release, AGLC stated that the move was part of a larger effort to reduce red tape and support licensees in making business decisions that best support their operational needs. And while many businesses are undoubtedly grateful to have increased autonomy, most seem to have elected to stay closed this year.
Get the full breakdown at Global News.
CBC Edmonton raises over $500,000 for Edmonton Food Bank
The 24th annual Edmonton Turkey Drive came to a close this week after eight days, 19 events, and $523,603 raised in support of Edmonton’s Food Bank. This year’s Turkey Drive saw the city rally behind the cause like never before, thanks in large part to CBC’s efforts to include every part of the city.
Find the full story at CBC News.
CedarCreek Estate Winery named Canadian Winery of the Year
Kelowna’s CedarCreek Estate Winery was named Canadian Winery of the Year earlier this week at the InterVin International Wine Awards. The competition, which is judged by top wine writers, sommeliers, and notable industry figures, chose the Kelowna winery as number one out of 1,100 wines entered from 15 countries. CedarCreek took home a total of 15 medals for its portfolio of premium wine.
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