Heading to a few #Canada150 parties and BBQ’s this summer? Looking to bring more than a bottle of wine? Treat your friends or hosts with a little bit of goodness inspired by Canada’s 150th birthday with these 15 Foodie Gift Ideas!
CANADIAN CHEESE BY DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA
Canada’s 150th birthday is the perfect celebration to go with one of Canada’s true gems – CHEESE! We love that this year the Dairy Farmer’s of Canada are highlighting cheesemakers from across the country with a cheddar by Cows Creamery from Prince Edward Island, a blue cheese by Thornloe Cheese Inc from Ontario and a camembert by Natural Pastures from British Columbia. Trust us, you’re never short of delicious Canadian cheese, you just gotta know what to look out for in your local cheese aisle! For some delicious and unexpected ways to incorporate these cheeses into your desserts, check out these 6 recipe ideas here.
INNIS & GUNN’S CANADA150 MAPLE AND THISTLE ALE
Just in time for Canada’s big day, Scottish craft brewer Innis & Gunn have developed Maple & Thistle Ale which contains iconic ingredients from both countries — maple syrup from Canada and thistle from Scotland! With aromas of toffee, vanilla, oak, citrus, smoky maple and orange, you’ll definitely want to enjoy this on the dock or with a great meal over the long weekend! This new brew is available at LBCO for a limited time only so get it while you can, folks! A bottle of Innis & Gunn Maple and Thistle Ale retails for $9.95, click HERE to shop!
SENSATIONS BY COMPLIMENTS MAPLE-LEAF SHAPED ANGUS BEEF BURGERS
Burgers on Canada Day are a must, but maple leaf shaped burgers?! We are so in! Sensations by Compliments have created the most Canadian burger patty ever using 100% Angus beef. Available in limited quantity, get these babies on the grill while you can! Find them at your nearest Sobey’s or FreshCo, and click HERE to check out Gracie’s post on how to host an epic #Canada150 BBQ.
DARE FOODS MAPLE CRÈME COOKIES
Celebrating Dare Foods‘ 125th anniversary and Canada turning the big 1-5-0, Dare has released limited editions of their classic maple crème cookie. Made with maple syrup from their 125 year old tree on the Vigneault family sugar bush in Quebec, you know you’re in for something special and delicious with these sweet treats! Look for them in the cookie aisle in major grocery stores.
HUDSON’S BAY COMPANY X STEAM WHISTLE 12-PACK PLUS OPENER
When two iconic Canadian companies come together to celebrate #Canada150, you know it’s going to be EVERYTHING! Right now you can pick up a 6 or 12-pack of Steam Whistle x Hudson’s Bay Company and receive a 2017 edition retro opener! Look out for those classic HBC stripes at your local LBCO!
NUDE BEE HONEY CO. 3-PIECE GIFT SET
One of Canada’s prized honey curators, Nude Bee Honey Co. strives to provide the worlds most diverse lineup of honey! With so many blends to choose from like blueberry honey, buckwheat and even orange, this is the perfect gift for a sweeter than honey host! The Nude Bee Honey 3-Piece Gift Box retails for $27.99, click HERE to shop!
PURDYS CHOCOLATIER CANADA 150 GIFT BOX
One of Canada’s oldest and most respected candy companies, Purdy’s Chocolatier has put together a box of scrumptious chocolates to celebrate #Canada150! Among the selections are Maple Melties *insert heart eye emoji here* and their fan fave Pecan Caramels, #swoon! The Purdy’s Chocolatier Canada 150 Gift Box retails for $20, click HERE to shop!
FIASCO GELATO CANADIAN BUTTER TART GELATO
Canadian made in small batches, Fiasco Gelato Co. has blessed us with Butter Tart Gelato that’s made with the best ingredients like sugar cane and all natural cream from their backyard. Did we mention that there are swirls of real butter tart filling AND flaky pie crust folded in?! Find it at your nearest McEwen Foods and other gourmet retailers.
PLUCK TEA CANADA150 BLEND
To celebrate Canada’s big day, the team at Pluck Teas have created a custom blend of black teas from around the world. With hints of caramel and sunflower petals, this gourmet tea is perfect in the morning or afternoon for a patriotic pick me up! A 12 serving package of Pluck Tea’s Canada 150 Blend retails for $8, click HERE to shop!
DRAKE PANTRY BOURBON INFUSED MAPLE SYRUP
Handcrafted right here in YYZ, this Drake Pantry Bourbon Infused Maple Syrup is the perfect addition to any kitchen! Perfect for brunch (obvi!), marinades, dressings and cocktails – this is the sweetest gift you could give your host, or yourself! Drake Pantry Bourbon Infused Maple Syrup retails for $29, click HERE to shop!
SQUISH ‘EH’ CANADA GUMMIES
Be the sweetest guest and gift your host with Squish Candies limited-edition Eh, Canada gummies. These treats are not only Made in Canada but are maple flavoured and made without artificial colours and flavours, so you know you’re getting the real deal here. Squish Candies Eh, Canada Gummies retail for $6 for a 140g bag, click HERE to shop!
ABSOLUT CANADA LIMITED EDITION BOTTLE
Swedish vodka Absolut have collaborated with Canadian textile artist Libs Elliott to create a limited edition bottle for our big day! Celebrating our nations long history of diversity, inclusiveness and innovation, this beautiful bottle of the good stuff is the perfect addition for a fun-filled summer weekend. This exclusive limited-edition bottle of Absolut retails for $27.96, click HERE to shop!
FEAST: RECIPES AND STORIES FROM A CANADIAN ROAD TRIP
Feast is a stunning representation of the diversity and complexity of Canada through its many favourite foods. The combination of a captivating nationwide journey with easy-to-follow recipes makes the book just as pleasurable to read as it is to cook from, and will be the perfect lakeside read for holiday weekend. Feast retails for $24.50 online, click HERE to shop!
PUSATERI’S FINE FOODS CANADA 150 PIES
What’s a long weekend without pie?! Head over to your local Pusateri’s Fine Foods for the ultimate in #Canada150 desserts like their homemade Madeleines Pies adorned with maple leafs made out of pastry that will have you licking the pan for more! Click HERE for more Canada 150 gourmet foods from Pusateri’s.
WALTER CRAFT CAESAR MIX
If you haven’t heard already, Walter Caesar is changing the caesar game with their small-batch caesar mix by making it free from MSG, colouring, and high-fructose corn syrup. Celebrate Canada’s 150th with a specially mixed cocktail that’s made with only the good stuff! Walter Craft Caesar Mix retails for $8.95, click HERE to shop!
Ps. If you’re looking for an asian-fusion caesar recipe to try, click HERE to check out Gracie’s Korean-Canadian Spicy Kimchi Caesar recipe.
Happy Canada Day!
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)