Toronto Mayor John Tory unveiled the peameal bacon sandwich as Toronto’s signature dish during the Lovin’ Local Food Fest in Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday.
Tory called it a form of grub that is not only “very Canadian,” but “very Toronto.”
“It’s very Canadian, not necessarily everybody’s taste, but very Toronto,” he told the crowd.
Jim Baxter, the director of the City of Toronto’s environment and energy division, noted the role of back bacon in Toronto’s gastronomic backstory.
“Toronto forever has been called Hogtown,” said Baxter. “It goes back to the days when there were a lot of pork producers here. Peameal bacon was … developed in … Toronto, and I think it is a very appropriate dish for Toronto.”
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