BC Food History Contest

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The BC Food History Network sponsored history contests in 2013 and 2014, thanks to the generous support of THEN/HIER [The History Education Network], THESA [Teachers of Home Economics Specialist Association] and CHEF [Canadian Home Economics Foundation].  Past winning entries are available for viewing here.

Here are some interesting BC food facts:

• In 1891, 22% of the population of BC (approximately 22,000) lived on 6,500 farms, mostly located on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland and in the Okanagan and Kootenay valleys
• Most of the Hudson Bay Fur Trading Forts had gardens
• Pemberton is famous for its potatoes.
• There were once several federal and provincial government experimental farms in BC
• Celery was once commercially grown in the Eagle Valley area at Malakwa, BC
• Ginseng, wasabi, and kiwi are grown in BC
• In the early 1900’s over 70 fish canneries existed in BC
• A potato, known as the Cariboo spud, was once blacklisted in BC
• The Empress Hotel in Victoria is famous for its high tea.