Lobster roll

Get ready for Canada Day with Canadian dishes that help make potluck gatherings and outdoor hosting that much more fun.

It’s Canada Day, eh? I don’t know what I look forward to more—a hot, sunny long weekend, or the chance to celebrate with friends. How about both?

I love big outdoor gatherings when we can let the kids run free. You know the kind. Everyone claims their spot on the grass with their lawn or camping chair. Drinks stay cool in coolers topped up with ice. There is relaxed banter and laughter all around. Everyone helps themselves to a laidback buffet.

Whether it’s a party I’m hosting or a potluck everyone contributes to, I like to max out my fun time by keeping things simple. I like to serve easy-to-prepare food recipes including appetizers, salads, mains and sides everyone can munch on as the day and evening wear on.

I like my parties to be theme-related. Nothing over the top, just something to surprise and delight guests. Something for them to remember. Canada Day is the perfect time to host a theme-related party. It’s as simple as serving classic Canadian food dishes.

This Canadian coast-to-coast party menu will help get everyone in the mood to celebrate our great country in true Canadian style!

Canada Day party menu

  • Ketchup Chip Snack seasoning (add to popcorn)
  • Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese
  • Curried Potato Salad
  • Nova Scotia Lobster Roll
  • Maple Barbecued Chicken
  • Quintessentially Canadian Nanaimo Bars

Ketchup flavoured popcornKetchup Chip Snack Seasoning (add to popcorn)

Ketchup chips have long been a popular Canadian snack. This ketchup-flavoured seasoning recipe from the Food Network can be easily prepared and used to season air-popped popcorn, roasted potatoes, parsnips or even squash. Add a bowl of this flavourful popcorn to complement your Canada Day theme.

Orville Redenbacher Popping Corn OriginalOrville Redenbacher’s Popping Corn, Original

Orville Redenbacher popcorn kernels can be easily made on your stovetop or in a popcorn machine. Orville popcorn is gluten-free and certified non-GMO. It’s a high source of fibre with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Ultimate macaroni and cheeseUltimate Macaroni and Cheese

Pasta salad is a traditional side dish for backyard BBQs during the Canadian summer. This Canada Day, mix things up by serving a long-time Canadian classic: mac and cheese. This cheesy recipe from Canadian Living combines extra-mature cheddar and Gruyère cheeses for added gooeyness. This dish should be a crowd-pleaser for kids and adults.

Emmi Swizerland Gruyere cheeseEmmi Switzerland Gruyère Cheese

Emmi’s Switzerland Gruyère has a sharp, nutty flavour. Combine it with Cracker Barrel’s extra-old white cheddar to create the perfect blend of cheeses for this creamy dish.

Curried potato saladCurried Potato Salad

Boil some PEI white potatoes and add international flavours to serve a side dish that celebrates Canada’s multiculturalism. This spicy recipe, also from Canadian Living, can be made ahead to help give you more time to enjoy the party.

Great Value curry powderGreat Value Curry Powder

Use this Great Value curry powder to add just the right amount of spice to this potato salad recipe. Sprinkle some chopped fresh cilantro just before serving for added flavour.

Nova Scotia lobster rollNova Scotia Lobster Roll

Surprise your guests by serving some beloved Canadian lobster as a treat. This recipe from the Food Network is perfect for summer entertaining. The chilled lobster mixture can be prepared ahead of time. Individual buns can be assembled quickly (by you or your guests) when it’s time to eat.

The Bakery spaccatelli bunsThe Bakery Spaccatelli Buns

Line each bun from The Bakery with romaine lettuce and place the lobster mixture on top of the romaine. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley. Yum!

Maple barbecued chickenMaple Barbecued Chicken

We can’t have a Canada Day party without maple syrup, eh? This recipe from Taste of Home says to use a basting brush to apply sweet maple to chicken breasts as they’re grilling on the BBQ. Pour additional sauce into a bowl and use for dipping.

Old Fashioned Maple Crest Canada Grade A Dark Robust Taste Pure Maple SyrupOld Fashioned Maple Crest – Canada Grade A Dark, Robust Taste – Pure Maple Syrup

Old Fashioned Maple Crest’s maple syrup is 100% pure. It is processed by 5th generation Master Sugar Makers of the Bernard family. The container is designed with a non-drip pour spout cap and handle for easier pouring.

Nanaimo barsQuintessentially Canadian Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo bars are a favourite Canadian dessert named after the West Coast city. Impress your guests by making Nanaimo bars instead of buying the pre-made version. This recipe from Today’s Parent can come together surprisingly quickly, thanks to simple baking ingredients. Served chilled, these dessert bars make for a tidy treat at an outdoor party.

JELL-O instant vanilla puddingJELL-O Instant Vanilla Pudding

Use this instant pudding mix from JELL-O, along with Graham Baking Crumbs, to help make this recipe easier to whip up.

From ketchup-flavoured popcorn to DIY Nanaimo bars, this Canada Day party menu will help bring fun to your Canada Day outdoor gathering. Lay out the buffet, turn up the music, let your guests serve themselves and celebrate!