How the Canadian restaurant industry will be celebrating Canada 150

June 23 2017

Next month, Canada will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Canadian Confederation, with countless events for 'Canada 150' taking place across the country.

As with all celebrations, food and drink will play a central role in proceedings, with restaurants throughout Canada putting on special menus and creating new recipes ahead of the big event to stand out from the crowd, entice customers and make sure they remember the tastes, sights and smells of Canada 150 for a long time to come.

Here are just a few of the exciting food and drink offerings the Canadian restaurant industry has come up with ahead of the landmark anniversary:

Charity pancakes

Pancakes are a huge part of Canadian food culture, so it is only right that they are at the center of celebrations. The Ricky's Group of Family-Style Restaurants, which includes Ricky's Cafes, Ricky's Country restaurants and Ricky's All Day Grill outlets, will be serving special Canada-themed pancakes between Monday June 26th and Saturday July 1st to raise money for a very worthy cause.

Pancakes with a red maple leaf centre will be on sale until 11.00am each day throughout the week, with $1.50 from the sale of each going towards the Breakfast Club of Canada, a charity that works to provide healthy and nutritious meals to vulnerable young people.

Stacey Hansson, senior vice-president of the Ricky's Group, commented: "We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Canada's 150th [anniversary] than by serving up special pancakes for our guests and donating the proceeds to the Breakfast Club."

Celebratory cocktails

What better way to celebrate Canada's big birthday than by raising a glass to our wonderful nation? Many bars and restaurants will be mixing up themed cocktails for the special occasion, with mixologist and assistant manager at Rouge Restaurant in Calgary Taylor Simpson among those creating their own beverages.

Speaking to the Calgary Herald, he explained that he had combined Canada's classic rye whiskey with the local summer flavours of rhubarb juice and mint to create a refreshing celebratory cocktail, simply named Canada 150.

Meanwhile, other bars are using maple syrup-infused spirits in their cocktails ahead of the anniversary to create delectable drinks including the Maple Whiskey Sour, with the Park distillery even brewing up a special maple rye whiskey for the occasion.

Take inspiration from these special menus

Elsewhere, the Toptable Group of restaurants has published a round-up of the special offers that will be available from its eateries during the Canada 150 celebrations. These include specially-designed birthday cakes, menus curated to show off the country's best local cuisine and wine, and limited edition patisserie items inspired by classic Canadian flavours, such as hazelnuts and maple syrup.

In fact, Vancouver's Thierry Cafe has combined several of these themes to create the ultimate Canadian birthday cake for the event, which comprises layers of hazelnut dacquoise coated in a maple-flavoured ganache, toasted hazelnuts, maple cream and chocolate mousse.

With the food service industry showcasing the very best that the country has to offer for Canada's milestone anniversary, what are you going to bring to the table? Can you bake a cake to rival Thierry Cafe's? Or perhaps you've got your own idea for a celebratory cocktail? Whatever you come up with, we hope you have a great time celebrating Canada 150.