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A taste of Atlantic Canada to be served up during 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (10/01/21)

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Jan. 21, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Culinary arts students from the New Brunswick Community College in St. Andrews will join other students and instructors from Atlantic Canada in preparing and serving regional food samples at the Winter Olympics next month in Vancouver.

The announcement was made today by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.

"The New Brunswick Community College is proud to take part in Atlantic Canada House, and we look forward to showcasing our talented students," said Arseneault.

The students and instructors will use their training and creativity to bring a taste of the East Coast to people who visit Atlantic Canada House. Most menus will be pan-Atlantic in nature, however, one day has been designated for each province to feature specific recipes and products. Provincial Days are: Nova Scotia - Feb. 16, Prince Edward Island - Feb. 18, New Brunswick - Feb. 23, and Newfoundland and Labrador - Feb. 26.

"The Olympics are the world's most diverse multicultural event and that puts the global community within the reach of our students," said Chef Dave Irvin, culinary instructor at the St. Andrews Campus. "There is much to be learned about ethnic cuisine, culture, language and awareness during this once-in-a-life time opportunity."

The sampling, which is free to the public, will be available from Feb. 13-27 at 11:30 a.m, 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. at the Atlantic Canada House, on Granville Island, Vancouver.

Atlantic Canada House provides a setting to showcase the region as a cultural tourism destination including daily shows, nightly concerts and regional cuisine. It is a pan-Atlantic partnership including the federal government, represented by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and the governments of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Paul Harpelle, communications, Department of Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454, paul.harpelle@gnb.ca.; Penny Walsh, Atlantic Canada House, 902-393-2431.

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