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Great Taste of Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador, a province in eastern Canada, has a unique and vibrant culinary scene that reflects its rich cultural heritage and natural resources. 

With a strong emphasis on seafood and traditional dishes, Newfoundland and Labrador cuisine combines influences from Indigenous, English, Irish, and French cultures, resulting in a diverse range of flavors and culinary traditions. Here's a description of the culinary scene in this delicious province:

  • Seafood Delights: Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, this province is renowned for its exceptional seafood. Lobster, cod, snow crab, mussels, scallops, and salmon are just a few examples of the fresh and delicious seafood you can find. Fish and chips is a beloved local dish, featuring crispy battered cod served with hand-cut fries and traditional savory dressing.
  • Jiggs' Dinner: A cornerstone of Newfoundland and Labrador cuisine, Jiggs' Dinner is a hearty, traditional Sunday meal that consists of salt beef (corned beef), boiled vegetables (such as cabbage, turnips, carrots, and potatoes), pease pudding, and savory gravy. This flavorful and comforting dish is a symbol of Newfoundland and Labrador's cultural heritage and is often enjoyed by families and communities.
  • Wild Game: Newfoundland and Labrador's wilderness offers opportunities for hunting, and wild game is celebrated in the local cuisine. Moose, caribou, rabbit, and partridge are commonly enjoyed in various dishes, such as stews, sausages, or roasted preparations. These meats provide a unique taste experience for those seeking adventurous flavors.
  • Bakeapples and Berries: Newfoundland and Labrador is abundant in wild berries, including bakeapples (also known as cloudberries), blueberries, partridgeberries, and blackberries. These berries are used in jams, desserts, pies, and sauces, adding a sweet and tangy touch to many dishes.
  • Traditional Puddings: Puddings are a popular dessert in this region. Figgy duff, a steamed or boiled raisin pudding, is a classic treat often served with a sweet molasses sauce. Toppings like blueberry sauce or a dollop of fresh whipped cream add to its indulgence.
  • Local Brews: Newfoundland and Labrador boasts a growing craft beer and spirits scene. Several breweries and distilleries have emerged, offering unique flavors and locally inspired concoctions. Traditional iceberg beer, made using water harvested from icebergs, is a notable specialty.
  • Cultural Festivals: Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates its culinary heritage through various food festivals and events. The Roots, Rants, and Roars festival in Elliston is dedicated to showcasing local chefs, food, and traditional dishes. The Bonavista Social Club and the Food Producers Forum in St. John's are other notable events that highlight local flavors and culinary talents.
  • Restaurant Scene: St. John's, the capital city, offers a vibrant restaurant scene with diverse options ranging from upscale dining to cozy pubs. Many restaurants focus on using local, seasonal ingredients and incorporating traditional Newfoundland and Labrador recipes with modern twists.

The culinary scene in Newfoundland and Labrador embraces its cultural roots while also embracing innovation and creativity. From traditional dishes like Jiggs' Dinner and seafood delicacies to exciting fusion cuisine and locally inspired craft beverages, Newfoundland and Labrador offers a distinct and delicious culinary experience for visitors and locals alike.

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