Pig Day In Ottawa

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This is my entry for Graham’s monthly photography hunt. The theme for July is “food“.

Ottawa\'s Ribfest

Every year, Sparks Street in downtown Ottawa is smokin’ hot. For five days in June, about twenty teams from Canada and the United States compete for the top rank of best rib choice, best rib sauce, best chicken choice and best chicken sauce.

The flashy trailers are lined up from Elgin street to Kent street, in one of Ottawa’s busiest pedestrian street, in the heart of the business district. Line-ups are long but worth the wait.

All the vendors are part of a summer circuit of cities and they all pride themselves in selling traditional Southern BBQ: ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken, beans and coleslaw — your usual vegetarian nightmare. Each trailer boasts numerous trophies on display out front, and man-size banners overhead proclaiming their meat superiority, as well as some country pride: the Texas lone star, the Canadian flag etc.

Damn, the pulled-pork sandwich was good.


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. I never knew about this…it sure sounds interesting and looks delicious.

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  2. SilverNeurotic on

    Pulled pork is when you cook pork (pig) a long time in a slow cooker and it literally just falls off the bones. Then you cook it in bbq sauce. My parents make it a lot though I’m not a big bbq fan.

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  3. Cool cool and thrice cool! That is a stunning photo! And that piggie looks like me…lol!!!! That pork looks so scrumptious too! I love eating at street vendor stalls… Mmmmmmmmmm

    As always Zhu, your interpretation of the challenge is pure genius!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Froggywoogie on

    I like it when every form or art is on display on the streets. Food can be an art in itself as your post grasps it very well.
    Now, as much as I was an amateur for meat in the past, that’s not really my thing anymore, even if I’m not a vegetarian.

  5. Wow that sounds interesting! These photos made this post a very delicious post 😀 Hope you had nice time & enjoyed pork sandwiches.

  6. Oh how I love pulled pork. This event sounds fantastic.

    I have to admit, I always find the cartoon caricatures of animal people are about to eat strange. It’s almost as if they’re trying to say it’s okay, he loves it when you eat him! I think humans are too far removed from the process of eating animals. Whoops, getting a little sidetracked. What was I saying . . . oh yeah, I like pulled pork.

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  7. I don’t eat pork or ham or beef…not a religious thing (<- atheist), just that I hate the taste for some reason.

    I do eat chicken though…maybe I should think of the poor animals…

    Heck, maybe YOU should think of the poor animals lol.

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  8. @bluefish – Better than Montreal smoked meat in my opinion!

    @Jemima – Of course I did! 😆

    @Linguist-in-Waiting – Silverneurotic already explained for me below… Pork isn’t an Ottawa specialty but I guess it’s a BBQ thing.

    @SilverNeurotic – Thanks for explaining! Me neither but once in a while it’s cool.

    @Graham – You so don’t like a piggie! 😆 I liked this challenge and can’t wait to see the other food pictures! Please, no English jelly though 😉

    @Aiglee – Yep!

    @Froggywoogie – I rarely eat meat myself but it smelled so good…

    @Seraphine – You’re right, it’s sometimes more fun to be here for the atmosphere.

    @Annie – It was pretty good! Won’t eat that everyday but I liked it.

    @johnada – I know, they like to put cute pigs and cow, it’s funny. Maybe so that the kids don’t freak out? But on the other side, it breaks my heart to eat a cute piggie, while I don’t care that much about a stupid pork. Am I animal-racist??

    @expatraveler – Nah, I actually forgot about Bastille Day — I’m a terrible French!

    @Ulquiorra – Same here, I rarely eat meat, not a vegetarian, just used to eat veggies more than meat. And when I eat meat, it’s usually chicken.

    @Seraphine – Come to think of it, it is unfair! 😆

  9. Pig Day! Damn I thought I knew a lot about Canada but this one I have never heard of hehehe!! I love pulled pork sandwiches too. I haven’t had one in such a lonnngggggggggg time!! Not a lot of pig pickin in Norway.

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