On Saturday, June 29, New York City celebrated Canada Day early in Central Park. The Great Canadian Picnic was held on the afternoon of June 29, and it was co-hosted by Canada Day New York and Perfect Picnic NYC. Canada Day International Executive Director Chad Molleken says, “The Great Canadian Picnic in Central Park during the inaugural Canada Day New York celebration of Canada’s birthday brings New Yorkers together to eat, learn and linger over the best of Canadian food and drink.”
This year’s picnic showcased some of the most popular culinary of Canada, and all proceeds were collected to benefit the flood victims of Calgary, Alberta. Molleken says, “We are delighted to invite New York to a special picnic meet-up in the park with proceeds supporting Calgary and the New York Food Bank.” Too many people can recall the recent devastation Hurricane Sandy caused New York. Similar to Hurricane Sandy, this past month Calgary, Alberta had horrible flooding occur. According to CBC News, as a result of the flooding Calgary officials say it will cost at least $265.5 million to repair damage that has destroyed parts of the city. Unfortunately, what many New Yorkers went through, many Canadians are now enduring. Due to the flooding, thousands of Calgarians were forced to leave their homes; many have lost their homes due to uninhabitable conditions. The aftermath of the flooding leaves many Calgarians heartbroken, displaced and in need.
Overall, this year the Great Canadian Picnic was extraordinarily special due to the fact that all profits made from the food were donated to support the relief efforts of the Calgary flood victims. All food items were available for free, but had a suggested price of $5. The sponsors of the picnic were Waldorf Astoria, ACE Bakery Baguettes, Kicking Horse Coffee, Raincoast Crisp Crackers, Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Potato Chips, Green Walnut & Grappa Preserve, Figs & Walnut Wine Preserve, Holy Crap Cereal, Almond Butter Crunch, Ethical Bean Coffee, Mile End Deli and Alchemy Creamery.
Canada Day in Central Park was a big success. Canada was in full spirit; to represent the country hockey tournaments were held, great Canadian Mounties were available to meet, there were performances by Aboriginals and much more excitement. The Great Canadian Picnic had a large turn out and will be able to proudly help our Calgarians in need. Visit Canada Day International‘s website to learn more about the highlights of Canada Day in New York and the history of Canada Day.