The Junos are all about showcasing Canadian talent — musical talent, not culinary, that is.

The 38th annual Juno Awards and the two-day musical extravaganza that is the JunoFest comes to Vancouver from March 26 to 29.

An effort has been made to ensure that about half of all artists performing at the JunoFest are local, but the same effort was not placed on the food being served at the dinner and gala set for March 28 at the Westin Bayshore Resort Hotel in Coal Harbour.

Melanie Berry, president of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, said yesterday at a Juno Awards tasting event that the event’s location was carefully selected.

As for the food?
“We initially started with the 100-mile radius for food,” Berry said. “Except where our footprint would be smaller if we went outside of that radius.”

Turns out, almost everything being served is outside of the radius. The wine poured will be Little Black Dress of California thanks to sponsorship agreements with a major distributor. The beef will be from Alberta, and the salmon will be from “somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.”

There are, however, Dungeness crab cakes. Heck, if the official “Canadian” wine of the Olympics can be some Chilean plonk that is only “cellared” in Canada, this seems positively Canuck, eh?

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