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U of G Celebrating Food Day Canada


Food Day Canada is a celebration of food grown and produced in Canada. It is an opportunity to give thanks to everyone across the food continuum from farmers and fishers to food researchers, chefs and home cooks. It was founded by Anita Stewart who was a passionate advocate for Canadian cuisine and the University of Guelph’s food laureate.

Every year, people who love Canadian ingredients participate in Food Day Canada by attending community food events, having meals with friends and family and sharing their enjoyment of Canadian food online. In May 2023, The Food Day in Canada Act passed in Parliament, making the occasion an officially recognized day on the national calendar.

Learn more about Food Day Canada
Learn more about Food Day Canada

Canada’s Food University

The University of Guelph has a rich history and ongoing commitment to improve life through food and has been a long-standing partner of Food Day Canada. U of G kicked off the 2023 celebrations early with a community-oriented Food Day Canada Showcase event in July. See media coverage of the event on CTV Kitchener News and Guelph Today.

As Canada’s Food University, the University of Guelph is shining a light on all the ways we are supporting and improving Canada’s food systems in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Food Day Canada on August 5, 2023. Continue reading to get a ‘taste’ of the exciting stories, news and updates that University of Guelph students, faculty, researchers and staff have been a part of over the past year that support food and food systems. Visit the U of G News page for a full list of stories.

Anita Stewart Memorial Food Laboratory

In 2021, the Anita Stewart Memorial Food Laboratory opened its doors at the MacDonald Institute on U of G’s campus to carry on Stewart’s support of Canadian food and food research. As part of the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics, the kitchen classroom is used to teach University of Guelph nutrition and hospitality students about food preparation, safety and culture. It also acts as an event space to showcase food experts, share knowledge and create conversations around food. 

One of these events is Deep Dish Dialogues – a monthly series that showcases chefs and food experts and dives into impactful subjects. A recent episode explored wild, Indigenous and farmed foods with Chef Destiny Moser, Indigenous chef and educator. 


Canada’s Food Price Report 2023

Canada’s Food Price Report is an annual publication by Dalhousie University, the University of Guelph, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Saskatchewan. The report provides readers with predictions on annual food expenditures for individual consumers based on their age and gender.

The 13th edition of Canada’s Food Price Report predicts Canadian families will pay at least $1,000 more for food in 2023 than they did last year.

Read Canada’s Food Price Report 2023
Read Canada’s Food Price Report 2023

Studying at Canada’s Food University

Interested in being part of Canada’s food story? Come study with us at the University of Guelph!

Programs offered

  • Applied Human Nutrition

  • Crop Science

  • Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics

  • Food and Agricultural Business

  • Food Industry Management

  • Food Science

  • Honours Agriculture

  • Horticulture

  • Nutritional & Nutraceutical Sciences

  • One Health

  • Plant Science

  • Restaurant and Food Service Management


Researchers at the University of Guelph have invaluable insight into Canada’s food systems. U of G experts specialize in areas such as:

  • Agriculture

  • Human nutrition

  • Food sciences

  • Livestock, aquaculture and alternatives

  • Business of food

  • Food safety

For more information about food related initiatives at U of G or to learn how we are celebrating Food Day Canada on campus, contact afiinfo@uoguelph.ca.