Vancouver Sun

Canadians prefer traditiona­l Thanksgivi­ng fare, poll finds

- ASHLEY CSANADY

Canadians love to explore new flavours and spices. But when it comes to Thanksgivi­ng, they want to tuck into the classics, according to a new poll.

Though Canucks are typically adventurou­s eaters, when it comes to the fall holiday, 74 per cent told a Nanos Research survey they like to stick with cranberrie­s, stuffing and good ol’ gravy on Thanksgivi­ng day.

“When you think of holidays, Thanksgivi­ng is probably the most food- centred of the year. It’s the one annual feast that most of us don’t like to mess with,” said Chris Knight, CEO and founder of Gusto TV, who commission­ed the poll. “I know in my own home, I’m not allowed to serve anything but my family’s favourite dishes. It’s a time of tradition and nostalgia for most Canadians.”

Just 15 per cent said they try new dishes or flavours at the annual festive gathering, and 10 per cent said they don’t have Thanksgivi­ng at all.

But the rest of the year, most like to play around with new foods: 46 per cent say they enjoy experiment­ing with new and internatio­nal flavours and 37 per cent somewhat enjoy it.

About 70 per cent of Canadians identify as a foodie to some extent, according to another recent Food Nation Survey from Gusto TV and Nanos Research.

The survey of 1,000 Canadians conducted between Sept. 13 and 16, has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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