Where to buy fresh game meat in Toronto?
A friend legally hunted a deer with others and another friend, who’s a great cook, is going to cook venison for us. I’m just wondering – If you don’t hunt, will you be able to buy fresh game meat (esp. bear, elk, wild boar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_(food) ) legally somewhere in Toronto? Are there any regulations on what/how/where the game meat can be served?
it is illegal for anyone to sell game meat in ontario. All meat must be farmed and inspected (except I think for Cariboo from the inuit)
Black Angus carries a very broad selection of game meats, though most meat they carry is frozen, with only a small selection of fresh. Call before you go if fresh is what you want to see what they are csrrying that day.
I tried smoking the frozen kangaroo ribs and discovered too late that they probably needed to be braised instead, and for a very long time.
I don't know where you are located, but why not try a farmer's market?
Here's the webpage for the (year round) Dufferin Park Market - I see red dear, "wild" boar and other things such as organic lamb, goat, and ducks...: http://dufferinpark.ca/market/wiki/wi...
Then there's the St. Lawrence Market - Di Liso's in the south market has game birds, and on Saturdays, 2nd Wind Elk is in the north market...White House Meats (south market), though pricey, have some or all of pheasant, squab, Guinea fowl, quail, partridge, duck, goose, venison, buffalo, elk, ostrich, wild boar, musk ox, kangaroo, and wild rabbit, depending on the day. And they are open Tuesday-Saturday:
Unfortunately, legal restrictions prevent the sale of freshly hunted game meat in Ontario. I grew up eating hunted game of all sorts, and have found the taste to be drastically different from farmed animals. Properly hunted, butchered and aged game is really an exceptional gustatory experience. Your best bet is to stay good friends with this hunter!
And I agree with legourmettv-avoid bear meat.