A Victoria Day Weekend Menu

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I recall years when I swam on Victoria Day weekend, or at least got dunked, and my kids usually do the same. A right of spring I suppose and a way to kick off that summer feeling.

No one but the dog has been in the water so far this year.

But just because we’re having a slow spring doesn’t mean that we need to fall behind with barbecue season.

I know lots of people who barbecue all year long but for many  of us, Victoria Day weekend kicks off barbecue season.

To give you that summer feeling here are  some menu ideas for Victoria Day, meals that can be cooked on the barbecue or brought indoors if the weather is out of sorts.

Victoria Day Weekend Menu ideas:


Uncle George’s Beer Barbecue Sauce:

We credit my Uncle George with making our summer barbecue much better when he shared his recipe for barbecue sauce way back in the 1970s.

beer barbecue sauce


Finger food just suits summer. If you’re a fan of tender and messy ribs we have two great recipes for you:  Bourbon Baby Back Ribs and Spice Rubbed Ribs with Molasses Slather.

Bourbon baby back ribs spice rubbed ribs with molasses slather

Who doesn’t love wings? No matter the weather these Sticky Asian Wings are the treat that my kids always clamour for. Cook these in the oven or on the grill.

sticky asian wings

What’s a cookout without potato salad? Our version is warm weather friendly, dressed in a molasses vinaigrette rather than mayo. It’s loaded with vegetables and tastes best at room temperature.

potato salad with molasses vinaigrette non-mayonaise

For those of you who prefer more vegetables, our Snow Pea and Red Pepper Salad is a great addition to the barbecue buffet.

crunchy Snow pea and red pepper salad

Top off your weekend barbecue with summery ice cream sandwiches made with chewy chocolate molasses cookies. This recipe is great for homemade s’mores too.

chewy chocolate molasses cookies

I hope that your holiday weekend is filled with warm and welcoming gatherings, summer food and the feeling that we have finally shed winter.



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6 thoughts on “A Victoria Day Weekend Menu

  1. Alison says:

    I need a Fat Archies recipe.

    1. Lynn Purdy says:

      Alison, I am sure you have found a Fat Archies recipe by now. But here is our version, I hope you enjoy:http://www.crosbys.com/pubnico-soft-molasses-cookies/

  2. Lorraine says:

    Hi there;
    Missed this posting as I was travelling but thought I would share with you my Victoria Day memories…it is a little known fact that on the Northside area of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, Victoria Day was/is known as “Hiking Day”. Although I do not know the origin, everyone from that particular area is familiar with it and it renders fond memories of packed lunches and large groups of kids hiking, biking or carpooling (for families with smaller children) to areas where picnic lunches could be enjoyed, usually a large field, beach or just a destination. And we were ambitious with the “hikes”; it was often a very long hike or bike ride that took several hours. Lunches consisted of jam/peanut butter sandwiches or butter and molasses sandwiches for those of us who didn’t like peanut butter. And a treat was always included. In those days, a store-bought treat was pretty rare but I always had a homemade treat such as “Fat Archie’s” (big, soft molasses cookies) which had to be eaten early on the trip since the wax paper wrapping didn’t save them from getting squished or good study ginger snaps that would weather the trip better. Yesterday on social media I noticed lots of comments about “Hiking Day”. Oh, the good old days. 🙂
    Love the list of Victoria Day recipes that you included; looking forward to more outdoor weather.

    1. Dear Lorraine, I think that picnics and hiking on Victoria Day weekend is a wonderful tradition. We hike a lot with our kids and I think there is no better way to be together on a sunny day. Glad you mentioned Fat Archies — I have been meaning to make them to post to the website. Big soft molasses cookies are my favourite.

  3. Jean-Yves Godin says:

    My wife and I are trying and loving every recipe you send us especially the molasses bread.
    Best regards.
    Jean-Yves & Francoise.

    1. Dear Jean-Yves and Francoise, Thank you so much for your message. It made my day! There are many more recipes to come!

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