Before I moved to Vancouver I had never experienced Thanksgiving. If I’m honest I didn’t even realise that it was a holiday here, having only really learned anything about it in an American context. Thanksgiving in Canada however, is all about celebrating the harvest and happens on the second Monday in October, as living here we are much further North than the United States and therefore our harvest is much earlier.

Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is celebrated with a big turkey dinner, with all the trimmings and with pumpkin pie for dessert. Last year was my first ever Thanksgiving and consequently my first ever encounter with pumpkin pie – previously i have been much more familiar with pumpkin in a more savoury roast or soup form. I have discovered that pumpkin pie is delicious and my friend Jo’s is pretty much the best around. (You know, based on my vast experience!)

Thanksgiving for us this year was at Jo and Fiona’s and it was absolutely delicious. Everyone pitched in and brought something along. My contribution, an apple and cranberry crisp of course (crisp is basically crumble, but a wee bit sweeter) with okanagan apples and cranberries harvested at Fort Langley the day before.

group shot

Our dinner party with Thanksgiving before us

This was how I spent my 10th of the 10th 2010. Great friends, great food, great wine. Who could ask for more?

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