Roasted Sweet Corn Soup
Roasted Sweet Corn Soup from Sean's Adventures in Flavortown as seen in the FBC flickr group

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1000 Member Celebration Wraps Up - with Blurb - for EVERYONE!

We’ve had some great giveaways over the last four weeks to celebrate our 1000 member milestone.  Big thanks to KitchenAid, Jeanine at The Baking Beauties, Canadian Beef, and Corey Mintz and House of Anansi for contributing prizes!

The winner of Corey's new book, How to Host a Dinner Party, as chosen by,  is...Davindra Ramnarine from Goat Roti Chronicles.  Congratulations! Mardi will be in touch with you shortly for all your details.  For those of you who didn't win but would still like to get your hands on a copy of Corey's book, Mardi is doing a giveaway over on her blog that you can check out.

Our final giveaway is coming tomorrow and involves Blurb Books.  We're very excited about this one because... EVERYONE who's an FBC Member gets something.  That's right! No contest, no need to enter, nothing!  So stay tuned for all the details tomorrow... right here!

Top Chef Canada Season 4 Casting Call - NATIONAL

After last week's finale for Season 3, it's time for casting to start on Top Chef Canada Season 4.  If you think you've got the skills and want to give it a shot, you can apply online at

The Canadian Food Project

Valerie from A Canadian Foodie has started up a unique project celebrating Canadian food and she has amassed 75 other Canadian bloggers to help her out.  They just wrapped up their first month's topic - "My first authentic Canadian food experience" and she has posted a round up of everyone's posts who participated.  There's some great stories and reading to be had to be sure to check out the first roundup and we'll be posting notices of future roundups so everyone can share in this uniquely Canadian project!

Want to Expand Your Blog's Audience? - NATIONAL

Do you want some new readers to find you (and who doesn't??).  Well, we have teamed up with Foodies100 - the UK's biggest network of food and drink bloggers with over 2500 members.  They want to know more about Canada Day and get to know their Canadian counterparts.  All you have to do is share your favourite Canada Day memory in the comments of this post (log-in required).  Ten comments will be chosen randomly and those ten bloggers will be featured on the Foodies100 Top Ten at Ten.  This is an easy opportunity to get your blog in front of some eyes across the pond!  You have till this Friday to share your memories with us.

Submit Your BBQ Recipes for National BBQ Day - NATIONAL

Have you got a GREAT BBQ recipe?  Would you like to share it for National BBQ Day? Then you should check out this post on National BBQ Day with Meal Exchange.  You don't have much time but if you have a new (or old) post you want to share, check out the submission guidelines and join in!

RELATED:  Weekly FBC New for December 2, 2013

BCfresh Warba-licious Recipe Contest - BC & ALBERTA

Members in BC and Alberta have been invited to take part in the 2013 BCfresh Warba-licious New Nugget Recipe Contest from BCfresh.  Four FBC members took all the prizes last year, including the $400 grand prize!  This year still have great prizes with a $100 prize for each category and a $400 grand prize.  Find out all about it here (you don't need to be a member to participate)

Coming Wednesday...

On Wednesday we'll have a new post for you from FBC Member and holistic nutritionist, Sondi Bruner, on how to stay healthy and watch your diet, without wasting food when you're creating food blog content and testing recipes!  For those of you in Vancouver, Sondi is speaking tonight at Health on the Drive at 7pm on Gluten Free Eating on a Budget.  1458 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

A Reminder: Calling All Writers - NATIONAL

Do you have a great idea for a Wednesday resource post that you think FBC Members would find useful?  Well here’s your chance to pitch it to us.  You can find out what we’re looking for and read our submission guidelines on our Contribute page.  Financial compensation is provided for original content so sharpen your pencils and share your knowledge with our membership!  Please note, we are looking for original content that pertains to blogging tips and resources.  Unfortunately, at this time we are not looking for recipe posts or posts that have already appeared on your blog.

New Members

A big welcome to all our new members this week.  We're happy to have you on board.  Be sure to check out all our great blogging resources and tips!

Business Members

And remember, if you have anything you’d like to share with your fellow members in the news, please let us know about it.  To have your submission appear in a Monday news post, the deadline is Friday at 5pm Pacific time.  You can send your submissions directly to Melissa.

As always,

Melissa, Mardi and Ethan

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A Canadian Foodie

All I can say is WOW… you three have worked so hard this past year, and this site is definitely a “go to” for all Canadian food bloggers. Thank you for posting the round ups for The Canadian Food Experience Project. As more participants join, the round ups will evolve differently. Haven’t decided how, yet, but the information is phenomenal and I am definitely charting the responses and looking at the recipes, experiences, and product results via each region to gain perspective about what we are learning from this.
I really appreciate how interactive this site has become!

A Canadian Foodie

Ah – my Canada Day Memory… I have a dear friend who hosts a Canada Day Party that we never miss every year for the past 15 years, now. We head over about 4 in the afternoon, have an appetizer or two and are divided into teams with a Scavenger Hunt list and a time limit. Each year, the activity varies and is usually aligned with pop culture… one year we returned with our bag of finds (points attached to each) and had to then do a “Fear Factor” challenge… another year the hunt was followed by a “Chopped” challenge…the prizes are wild, the crowd is vibrant and the food is exceptional… the stuff we had to hunt for changes (from “made in Canada” underwear to “1967 confederation coins” to oldest coin, positive pregnancy test… and on) most are related to Canada and a lot of fun facts are learned in the process yearly (find 3 edible plants indigenous to the area, a maple leaf, etc.)
Anyway… no fireworks, but a great time and stories to tell, ad nauseam over the years! O Canada!

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