Posted on July 11, 2013 by Marina

In just two days, it is NATIONAL BBQ DAY and a celebration of local food!

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This day marks Meal Exchange’s fourth annual National BBQ Day, a nation-wide celebration of locally sourced foods. The great part is that anyone can participate as it takes place in your backyard! (Or anywhere you have access to a grill)

By hosting your own event with as much locally raised and grown food as possible, you become an integral part of the local food movement. Sustainable food farmers, producers, processors and retailers need your support and the best way to help is to get cooking and talk to your guests about ‘Why Local’. Some more tips can be found here on how you can support your local community.

It only makes sense that a local BBQ includes a local brew, so don’t forget to include Steam Whistle at your event!

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To help you out with your BBQ today (or any other day this summer), here are some BBQ Party Tips from Steam Whistle:

  • Set the mood with a personalized playlist of great Canadian music.
  • Set up your table half in the shade and half in the sun to give guests seating options; provide some hand held fans for those that need a little breeze to keep cool.
  • Add some colour to your table with cheerful napkins, table cloth and a centre piece of fresh garden/wild flowers in a beach pail or something patriotic like Canadian flag swizzle sticks.
  • A visit to a sporting goods or hardware store for a crochet set, bocce balls, horseshoes and/or a Frisbee will provide hours of good old-fashioned fun.
  • Add large pitchers of ice water to your table with fresh fruit slices or cucumber & green melon slices to cleanse your palate between courses.
  • Have fun lighting such as tiki torches, vintage patio lanterns or votive candles ready for when the sun goes down. A good tip for evening BBQ’s is to have citronella candles on each table to ward off bugs.
  • Serve buffet or family style platters and pre-prepare as much of the menu as possible so that manning the BBQ and steaming some corn is all that’s needed during the gathering. You should enjoy your own party!
  • Provide a self-serve drinks station, perhaps filling a vintage cooler or small blow-up pool with a variety of drinks such as canned beer, pop, juices and ready-to-drink coolers on ice. (Remember that the sun’s UV rays can alter flavours of beverages in glass bottles so choose cans)

Share your BBQ photos using #NationalBBQDay!