OTTAWA, May 5, 2016 — The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum celebrates the International Year of Pulses with Pulse Feast Ottawa: an invitation-only evening event on Thursday, May 5, and a public workshop with nutritionist Kathy Smart on Saturday, May 7.
The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses, providing a great opportunity for Canadians to learn that pulses — dried peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas, which are all edible seeds of plants in the legume family — are a healthy and sustainable food. Even though Canada is one of the world’s largest pulse producers and exporters, most Canadians know very little about this family of nutritious foods.
Guests at the May 5 evening event are invited to taste dishes made from pulses by innovative chef Jason Laurin from Essence Catering, chat with local food enthusiasts and Museum staff, and hear from best-selling author, registered nutritionist, and founder of Live the Smart Way, Kathy Smart. The evening also includes a premiere look at the Museum’s new travelling display, Pulses: the Ideal Partner, presented in partnership with Pulse Canada.
The workshop on Saturday, May 7 (10 a.m. to noon) includes a presentation by Kathy Smart, as well as a cooking demonstration of four of her healthy and delicious recipes featuring pulses — high in protein, low in fat, and packed with vitamins and minerals.
Thursday, May 5: by invitation only
Saturday, May 7: tickets ($25 each, $20 for members) can be purchased online.
About the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum
Canada’s unique agricultural heritage and future are celebrated at the Museum. Explore the sights and sounds of farm life through the animal barns, exhibitions, treasures from the collection, hands-on activities, and food demonstrations. The Museum is located on the Central Experimental Farm, a 425-hectare crop research station and National Historic Site, just minutes from Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, Ornamental Gardens, and Dominion Arboretum.