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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!