A taste of Canadian food history and other fun morsels

We're publishing an interesting Canadian food fact daily for all of June. How many of these tidbits did you know?

Canada’s national identity is defined by diversity and multiculturalism. We strive to celebrate differences and encourage the education of history outside of our own, and that means the definition of Canadian cuisine can be hard to nail down.

With the ever-changing landscape of immigrants who bring their influences to our culinary scene, and the traditional Indigenous techniques of Canada’s first inhabitants, our food history is an evolving tapestry of unique tales well worth sharing.

Leading up to Canada Day, we’re taking a glimpse into some of our great nation’s colourful food and agriculture tales; some you’ve heard before, and others that go beyond poutine, maple syrup and BeaverTails.

Image for Canadian food DYK: Canada's most elevated tea time happens at the Lake Agnes Tea House

Canadian food DYK: Canada's most elevated tea time happens at the Lake Agnes Tea House

Climb a mountain for afternoon tea just outside of Lake Louise

Image for Canadian food DYK: Peanut butter was invented by a Montreal pharmacist

Canadian food DYK: Peanut butter was invented by a Montreal pharmacist

Not all heroes wear capes. This one wore a lab coat.

Image for Canadian food DYK: Chef Rob Feenie was the first Canadian to win Iron Chef America

Canadian food DYK: Chef Rob Feenie was the first Canadian to win Iron Chef America

How the Vancouver chef conquered in the American franchise of Iron Chef back in 2005

Image for Canadian food DYK: Canada’s royal whiskey, or rather, rye

Canadian food DYK: Canada’s royal whisky, or rather, rye

Find out how Canadian rye got its "crown", so to speak

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Canadian food DYK: Eagle’s Eye Restaurant in Golden, B.C. is Canada's highest elevation eatery

Have dinner above the clouds at Eagle's Eye Restaurant, located at the top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

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Canadian food DYK: Canada is a leader in the wild blueberry industry

Did you know Canadian-grown blueberries are a valuable and plentiful commodity?

Image for Canadian food DYK: Prairie-grown mustard seeds are used around the globe

Canadian food DYK: Prairie-grown mustard seeds are used around the globe

Who knew that our Canadian mustard seeds were such globetrotters?

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Canadian food DYK: The not-so-tropical beginnings of Hawaiian pizza

Love it or hate it, Hawaiian pizza is a Canadian creation

Image for Canadian food DYK: Canada’s lobster industry is valued at more than $1 billion annually

Canadian food DYK: Canada’s lobster industry is valued at more than $1 billion annually

Atlantic lobster is a highly profitable Canadian commodity that is shipped around the globe

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Canadian food DYK: The world’s first 100 per cent Indigenous-owned winery is located in Kelowna

Two descendants of the Syilx people own and operate the world's 100 per cent first Indigenous-owned winery in the Okanagan valley

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Canadian food DYK: The donair is the official food of Halifax

In Halifax, donair is king when it comes to the city's most iconic food

Image for Canadian food DYK: Iqaluit is home to Canada's most northerly brewer, Nunavut Brewing Company

Canadian food DYK: Iqaluit is home to Canada's most northerly brewer, Nunavut Brewing Company

Off to Nunavut we go for a taste of Canada's most northern microbrews

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Canadian food DYK: Ginger beef was invented in Calgary in 1975

Discover the origins of the famous Canadian dish, ginger beef

Image for Canadian food DYK: The world's first tomato wine, Omerto, is produced in Quebec

Canadian food DYK: Québec is producing the world’s first…tomato wine?

Is the world's most unique wine produced in Quebec?

Image for Canadian food DYK: The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market is the oldest farmers' market in North America

Canadian food DYK: The Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market is the oldest farmers' market in North America

New farmers' markets are always popping up in communities, but this historic one is definitely worth a visit.