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Downtown Diner event bridges gap between the farm and our tables

Pop-up diner hosted by Canada's dairy, poultry and egg farmers celebrates Canada's vibrant agriculture sector and supply management


June 8, 2017
By Egg Farmers of Canada

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Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture + Agri-Food and Benoît Fontaine, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada enjoyed breakfast at today’s Downtown Diner in Ottawa. Egg Farmers of Canada

June 8, 2017, Ottawa, Ont. – Canadian dairy, poultry and egg farmers teamed up to celebrate Canadian food with a unique public event on Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa on June 1.

Breakfast and lunch sandwiches made with fresh, local ingredients from supply-managed farms were served to Members of Parliament, Senators, Hill staffers and the public.

Farmers representing Egg Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada, Canadian Hatching Egg Producers and Dairy Farmers of Canada were on-hand to share how the stability provided by supply management allows them to deliver a stable supply of superior food products as well as answering questions about farming.

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“The celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary is a unique opportunity to remember how the system of supply management has helped farmers produce food of the highest quality for generations,” said Roger Pelissero, Chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada.

“The Downtown Diner is one of the many ways we can highlight the high standards we have in place on Canadian farms, and provide an opportunity to meet the very people who are dedicated to producing high-quality and wholesome food in Canada, for Canadians,” adds Pelissero.

More than 2,500 breakfast and lunch items were served between 7:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. This is the third time the event was hosted in downtown Ottawa.