Cross Canada Cooks: Newfoundland and Labrador

Celebrating the rich culinary heritage that Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer.

Newfoundland and Labrador facts, plus three recipes
Population: 514,536

Area: 405,212 square kilometres

The easternmost province in Canada is made up of Newfoundland, an island, and Labrador, which is part of the mainland. Newfoundland is at the mouth of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with the Atlantic Ocean on its northern, eastern and southern shores. Labrador is on the eastern tip of Canada with Quebec bordering it on the west and south. Newfoundland and Labrador are separated by the Strait of Belle Isle.

Capital and Largest City: St. John's

History: Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada's youngest province; it entered confederation on March 31, 1949.

Main industries:
Energy, fishing, mining, forestry

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador teems with culinary traditions from the sea and the land. Celebrate Newfoundland in style with this casual yet elegant dinner party menu for eight that uses some of the best of what the province has to offer.

Wheat Beer-Steamed Mussels

Spring Lamb Stew

Individual Strawberry Lemon Trifles

Profile: Rodrigues Winery
When the historic cottage hospital in Markland, N.L., closed, Dr. Hilary Rodrigues and his wife saw an opportunity.

They purchased the building, and did extreme renovations and, within five years, they were producing natural, sulphite-free blueberry wine made with traditional methods. The small batch of wine from their first attempt sold out within a week, and the family knew they were onto something good.

The company has since expanded; now it's capable of producing over 25,000 cases throughout the year.

The range of products has grown over the years to include a number of fruit wines -- cranberry, raspberry, black currant and strawberry, to name a few -- and a line of liqueurs, schnapps, brandies and vodka, all made using top-quality ingredients and state-of-the-art processing.

The winery was certified kosher in 1998, making it one of only three kosher wineries in Canada. It's open for tours and purchases year round; select wines are sold across Newfoundland and by some retailers in New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.

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