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First Nations food truck greets Pan Am visitors in Toronto

In the heart of the Distillery District Sunday, chef David Wolfman is busy distributing free food from a multi-coloured food truck.

The lineup doesn’t seem to dry out, with locals and Pan Am visitors queuing up for a taste of Wolfman’s First Nations cuisine.

“I think in the last two hours we must have served about 250 people,” he said.

The food truck is a collaboration between Wolfman, a culinary professor at George Brown College and host of Cooking With the Wolfman on APTN, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.

As the official host of the 2015 Pan Am Games, Wolfman said the Mississaugas wanted to share their traditional cuisine with the thousands of visitors coming to the city during the competition.

“Part of our character, of who we really are, is welcoming people,” said the chef, who was greeting visitors with intermittent interjections of “aanii” – hello – and “chi meegwetch” – thank you.

“When you welcome people with food, everybody has a smile.”

The exercise kicked off last Friday to coincide with the Pan Am Games’ Opening Ceremony. The food truck will be at Queen’s Park Tuesday and in Liberty Village Wednesday.

To find out more, or to see if the truck is in your area, follow @youarewelcometo on Twitter.

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