Prairie flavours meet international traditions
Like the rest of Canada, Saskatchewan is a vibrant combination of peoples and cultures. And nowhere is this diversity better reflected than in the range of flavours and styles that come together to define Saskatchewan cuisine.
First Nations’ traditional foods include a variety of dishes made from bison (buffalo), and this healthy, low-fat meat is increasing in popularity. A fried flatbread called bannock is commonly served at powwows and other celebrations. Native fruit including saskatoon berries, chokecherries and blueberries also find their way into many dishes.
New dishes from new lands
The first wave of European settlement in the late 1800s and early 1900s saw new Canadians arriving primarily from the United Kingdom, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia. To this day, family gatherings and restaurant menus feature hearty traditional dishes that reflect these heritages: sausage, perogies (also known by many variations including pieroshki), cabbage rolls, roasted meats and potatoes.
While Chinese-Canadian restaurants have been a staple of small town and big city Saskatchewan for decades, the late 1970s saw an influx of new Canadians from Vietnam. Many of these families established restaurants, and as a result, Saskatchewan is blessed with an amazing array of Vietnamese choices. Within the last 10 years, a general increase in the popularity of Asian cuisine has led to a new wave of Japanese, Thai and Korean restaurants.
Saskatchewan’s doors remain open to new Canadians from all over the world. Restaurants featuring the flavours of Italy, India, Mexico, Africa, France, Afghanistan and others allow Saskatchewanians and visitors to savour the flavours of the world.