‘Flavours of Canada’ Celebrated Feb. 13 at UMass Amherst Dining Commons

AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Amherst Dining Services is hosting the fourth annual “Flavours of Canada” event on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 5-9 p.m. at the recently renovated Hampshire Dining Commons in the Southwest Residential Area. Part of the university’s Visiting Chef Series the event offers students an array of traditional Canadian cuisine and culture.

The opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., with the national anthems sung by representatives from the United States and Canada, as well as presentations from the Canadian Consulate in Boston and the visiting chefs. Dinner will be accompanied by Canadian music and students in Royal Canadian Mounted Police costumes will be present.

This year’s event will host a dozen Canadian chefs from five different universities including McGill University, Western University, Carleton University, University of Guelph and the University of Saskatchewan. The visiting chefs will work alongside UMass Dining staff to serve popular menu items at their respective universities; each highlighting regional favorites with a focus on locally sourced produce and student health.

The menu for the evening features unique dishes such as duck confit paté chinois, blackened bison with maple pecan sauce and blueberry-sage relish, baked pickerel with oatmeal and pumpkin seeds and turkey lollipops with sweet potato puree topped with a cranberry glaze.

“The Flavours of Canada event is a great opportunity to strengthen relations with our northerly neighbors, promote regional, sustainable, and healthy cuisine, as well as introduce Canadian culture to our student body,” says Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises at UMass Amherst.

 This event is open to the public with an entry fee of $13 including dinner.