TIL about the “Patty Wars”. When Jamaican Beef Patty vendors were discovered in Toronto in 1985, the government attempted to ban them from using “Beef Patty” in the name. This led to an huge uproar, and it was eventually settled with an agreement to identify the food simply as a “Jamaican Patty.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/short-docs/the-story-of-toronto-s-bizarre-1985-patty-wars-when-the-government-tried-to-rename-the-beef-patty-1.6352203

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  1. The reason the the government attempted to ban the vendors from using the name “Beef Patty” was because they claimed Jamaican patties did not match the technical definition of beef patty. The rule was simple – change the name or face a $5K fine ($11K today). The vendors resisted, They banded together and refused to sell the patty under any other name.

    Politicians got involved; lawyers got involved; the Jamaican consulate got involved. “People would call them and say, ‘Oh, this part of our heritage is being destroyed,'” recalls Michael Davidson in the documentary.

    Eventually, bureaucrats from Consumer and Corporate Affairs and representatives for the patty vendors met at a so-called “patty summit” on Feb. 19, 1985, and the compromise to change the name to “Jamaican Patty” was made.

    Feb. 23 is now known as Patty Day in Toronto.

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