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Poultry groups co-host annual pop-up diner

Event celebrates Canadian farming families, supply management system.

May 30, 2019
By Canadian Poultry magazine

Egg Farmers of Canada Chair Roger Pelissero (right) and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers Chair Brian Bilkes (left) proudly serve breakfast made with fresh, local high-quality ingredients at this year’s Downtown Diner. CNW Group/Egg Farmers of Canada

This week, Canadian egg, chicken, turkey and hatching egg farmers co-hosted their annual pop-up diner in downtown Ottawa. The event is a special celebration of Canadian farming families and the system of supply management that provides year-round access to fresh, local, high-quality ingredients from coast to coast.

Farmers representing Egg Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers teamed up again this year to showcase local ingredients and answer any questions about farming in Canada.

“Today’s event is an exciting opportunity to celebrate made-in-Canada food,” said Roger Pelissero, Chair of Egg Farmers of Canada. “Across the country, there’s a hard-working farmer behind your meals, supplying Canadians with the food they can trust. This year’s Downtown Diner showcases our Canadian farm families and the system of supply management that gives Canadians access to high-quality and nutritious products.”

The Downtown Diner is a unique opportunity for Parliamentarians and the public to meet farmers from across the country to discuss where their food comes from. Guests can expect to enjoy a fresh breakfast or lunch treat, all while learning about how the system of supply management has helped build sustainable farming for generations to come.

“It’s important that we talk to Canadians about where their food comes from,” added Benoît Fontaine, Chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada. “With more than 4,500 supply-managed farm families working together across the country, the Diner is just one way we hope to talk to Canadians and answer questions about our farms and the food on your plate.”