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July 13 is National BBQ Day

July 6, 2013
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July 13 marks the annual celebration that is National BBQ Day. Here, Canadians are urged to celebrate the bounty of food choices to which they have easy access by sourcing local ingredients, and lighting them up on the grill. The coast-to-coast celebration is the product of Meal Exchange, a non-profit organization that exists to eradicate hunger in Canada by identifying and implementing student solutions.

“National BBQ Day is a great excuse for a barbecue get-together," Meal Exchange's Peter Kapler has said, "but also for a chance to support local farmers and producers -- by grilling fresh, locally sourced food.”

Ideally, the program advocates individuals sparking their own backyard barbecues. But if that's either too exhausting, ill advised or impossible, a visit to a restaurant that embraces these values is the next best choice. Here are three to consider:

Fabarnak Restaurant and Catering
519 Church St.
Toronto, ON

This cafe/restaurant's unique menu of sustainable, homemade foods takes root in humble surroundings at the 519 community centre in the Church and Wellesley Village. The pristine menu here boasts a locally sourced count of at least 60 per cent. And that includes the grilled chili-glazed smoked pork and lamb ribs.

~9155.76Km away
The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder
699 St Clair Ave. W.
Toronto, ON

The Stockyards offers modern, locally sourced renditions of classic comfort fare (think moist barbecue pork sandwich and BBQ brisket with lots of flavour) via generous portions of 48-hour brined and marinated fried chicken, as well as authentic wood-smoked Carolina-style barbecue.

~9159.67Km away
AFT Kitchen & Bar
686 Queen St. E.
Toronto, ON

Along with sandwiches and soups, frilled up with fancy-pants preserves and sauces, Aft uses locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to grill up barbecue and other comfort foods inspired by the Deep South. Portions are big and well priced.

~9153.22Km away
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