Ottawa 2017 Signature Event will showcase Canadian culinary excellence at a 1000-person open-air table on Wellington Street

 Ottawa – The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are pleased to welcome Restaurateur Stephen Beckta and Chef Mike Moffatt of Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants, along with Sheila Whyte of Thyme & Again Catering, as partners for an unprecedented culinary experience: Canada’s Table.

On August 27, to celebrate our country’s 150th anniversary, Canada’s world-class food, wine and hospitality will be showcased at a single, 1000-person, open-air table on Wellington Street.

For this once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience, ten top local chefs will partner with ten top chefs from across Canada to stage a legendary four-course dinner with wine pairings in the shadow of Canada’s iconic Parliament Buildings.

This Ottawa 2017 Signature Event, under the Ignite 150 program, will feature all-Canadian products served to guests seated at a 305-metre long table (1000 feet) with the popular Sound and Light Show as a backdrop.

Canada’s Table is a non-profit event, with many partners donating their time or resources. Proceeds raised from the event will be used to aid local and national food security causes.

This is part of a four-day series of culinary events where celebrity chefs from across Canada will be featured in local restaurants. In addition, they will make a social contribution by sharing their skills with local charity organizations and by offering culinary demonstrations on how to prepare low-cost, healthy family meals using fresh local products.

Tickets for Canada’s Table will go on sale in the coming weeks. The list of Canadian chefs and ticket prices will be revealed at that time.


“As we welcome an influx of visitors to Ottawa for our country’s 150th birthday celebrations, we’re very pleased that two local success stories who have become part of Ottawa’s culinary identity, Beckta and Thyme & Again, have partnered with Ottawa 2017 to showcase the many flavours of our capital region in such a vibrant, dynamic and memorable way,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

“I am thrilled that Canada’s world-class food, wine and hospitality will be showcased at the epicentre of our country’s 150th anniversary celebrations. It is such an honour to work alongside these talented chefs and partners at this very special venue, to curate Canada’s Table with Thyme & Again and Ottawa 2017. We are proud to play a part in the long list of unbelievable experiences that Guy and his team are creating in our nation’s capital during this milestone year,” said Stephen Beckta, Owner, Beckta, Play and Gezellig restaurants.

“We’re excited to share our passion for exceptional food and service with guests at Canada’s Table. We look forward to partnering with Steven Beckta and Executive Chef Michael Moffatt and the talented chefs from across Canada and here in our city. This is a great opportunity for Thyme & Again to collaborate with our community and reinforce the strong support we all have for our local producers,” said Sheila Whyte, Owner, Thyme & Again.

“2017 will be an exciting and festive year where Ontarians have the opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible province we live in. Canada’s Table is a great example of that, putting a spotlight on Ontario’s culinary talent and local cuisine. Sharing meals and food experiences is part of who we are as Canadians – it brings people together – and that’s worth celebrating,” said the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

“The concept of Canada’s Table is something that I had been attempting to do for over 5 years and was an important element of the original Ottawa 2017 plan. When I read through local media that Stephen had the same dream, I knew it was an alliance that was meant to be. Together with Beckta and Thyme & Again, we will create cherished, unforgettable moments and breathtaking visuals that will be shared around the globe,” said Guy Laflamme, Executive Director of the Ottawa 2017 Bureau.

Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of high-caliber experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Ottawa 2017 thanks its lead partner CIBC, premier partner Bell, the Government of Ontario ( #ontario150) and the Government of Canada ( #canada150) for their contributions in helping to deliver twelve full months of bold events, immersive experiences and all-out celebrations.

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