AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Amherst Dining Services is hosting the fifth annual “Flavours of Canada” celebration on Thursday, April 16 from 5-9 p.m. at the Hampshire Dining Commons in the Southwest Residential Area. Part of the university’s ongoing visiting chef series, the event offers students the opportunity to indulge in 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 each of the visiting chefs. Dinner will be accompanied by Canadian music, Royal Canadian Mounted Police will welcome students entering the dining commons, and a representative from the Office of the Consulate General of Canada in Boston will be in attendance.
This year’s event will host a dozen Canadian chefs from seven different universities including Algonquin, Carleton, Guelph, McGill, Saskatchewan, Waterloo and Western. The visiting chefs will work alongside UMass Dining staff to serve popular menu items from 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 beaver tails, a Canadian fried dough coated in maple sugar; Canadian bouillabaisse of P.E.I. mussels; ragout of pheasant, and apple cider pork belly.
“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.
The event is open to all students on the meal plan and to the public with an entry fee of $13 including dinner.