Twenty-four Chefs Prepare 35 Dishes in One Night as UMass Amherst Dining Services Hosts Annual Flavours of Canada Event

Flavours of Canada
UMass Dining Services | K. Toffling

AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Amherst Dining Services is hosting the seventh annual Flavours of Canada celebration on Thursday, April 13 from 5-8 p.m. at Hampshire Dining Commons.

The Canadian-inspired event will offer students the opportunity to enjoy modern Canadian fare from a selection of universities from our neighbors to the north.

This year’s event will host chefs from eight Canadian universities including Acadia University, McGill University, Mount Saint Vincent University, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Prince Edward Island, University of Saskatchewan and University of Western Ontario. The visiting chefs will work, share and learn new skills alongside the UMass Dining culinary team to serve popular menu items from their respective universities and geographical areas. Maple syrup candy, poutine and Atlantic salmon are just some of the 35 dishes being served.

The opening ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. with the United States and Canadian national anthems followed by presentations from each of the visiting chefs. Canadian music will play during the meal and uniformed representatives from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and David Alward, the Consul General of Canada in Boston, will be in attendance. 

“The popular 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-inspired recipes and Canadian culture to our student body,” says Ken Toong, executive director of Auxiliary Enterprises at UMass Amherst.

Dinner and festivities are open to the public for $14 per person. Students, faculty and staff on a meal plan can attend for one regular meal swipe.

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