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This month's topic for the the Canadian Food Experience Project is about the local Christmas food traditions of our respective regions. Head on over to acanadianfoodie.com to see all of the other bloggers from across Canada who participated in this topic as well.
I was initially quite stumped about what defines our Vancouver Island food tradition... I could not think of anything unique that was just around the holidays and not a hold over from our English heritage. I even posted it on twitter, which generated a fascinating conversation, but nothing that was uniquely Island or uniquely holiday...
So I asked the uber food nerd Aaron Hall from the local food show Delicious to come join me to talk through our own experiences of holiday traditions. Aaron is one of the few people I have met who can talk longer, with more passion and in more exquisite food nerd detail than myself. It turned out pretty fascinating - we did uncover that our Island traditions are pretty well inherited from the UK, but that we do put our locally sourced and westcoast vegetarian-friendly spin on things.
I spend a lot of time thinking about how lucky I am to be writing this blog and eating this kind of food on a regular basis. Many people in our community are not so lucky. I've been donating on a monthly basis to the Mustard Seed food bank for the past few months... but I wanted to put a call out to think about making a one time or regularly donation yourself and make sure that our whole community gets to have good food — especially in the winter season.