Canada, the second largest country in the world with 970  million hectares of farmland, links to 3 of the world’s largest oceans, 25% of the world’s fresh water, stringent food safety standards, CAD35 Billion in annual agrifood export and is one of the world’s best sources of innovation technologies. The Embassy of Canada and The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service gives Cebuanos a foretaste of Canada through food made with the country’s produce.


February 24, 2012 marks the launching of Culinary Canada at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel. Cafe Marco will host Canadian dishes using Canadian products for Culinary Canada from February 24 until March 4, 2012. Last year’s Culinary Canada highlight was Canadian Pork. Canada’s meat products  start from the finest livestock. The high animal health standards and state-of-the-art processing technologies allow Canadian industry to provide wholesome and great tasting meat products fresh, frozen or processed.

Vancouver Oysters

 Canada supports more than 160 species of fish and seafood and exports them fresh, frozen, smoked and canned to more than 130 countries. During the Culinary Canada launch, we were able to partake on these fresh and sweet Vancouver Oysters, which will also be served ala carte at Cafe Marco until March 4, 2012 for the entire run of Culinary Canada. A must try for oyster lovers!


Seafood Soup

Made with Canadian seafoods, flavors are deliciously  fresh and clean.

Horticulture in Canada produces more than 120 different crops including vegetables, fruit, flowers and ornamental plants. Canadian fruits and vegetables are also exported fresh, frozen, and processed into sauces, preserves, pies and flavoring ingredients. Other key horticulture crops are honey and Canada’s famous maple syrup.

Canadian Pavlova with berry preserves

Custard with Canadian Honey

Born in Ontario, Marco Polo’s  Canadian Executive Chef Luke Gagnon showcased his skills to invited guests and delighted them through a cooking demonstration.

Marco Polo's Canadian Executive Chef Luke Gagnon

Be sure to taste a bit of Canada until March 4, 2012 at  Marco Polo’s Culinary Canada! Call 032-2531111 for inquiries and reservations.

My brother Edd  and I being invited for the second time by the Embassy of Canada and The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service for Culinary Canada is such an honor, so thank you so much for sharing the Canadian experience with us.

Text: Andrew “Doyzkie” Buenaviaje | Photos by: Edd Buenaviaje