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Bannock takes to the air!

Air Inuit is delighted to offer its passengers a uniquely Inuit specialty: bannock or “panirtitaq” in the native Inuktitut language. Central to indigenous cuisine for over a century, “northern bread” is a cultural hallmark that we have been proudly serving on select flights since mid-June 2015.
An English word of Celtic origin meaning “bite”, bannock is a traditional bread made of unleavened flour, lard, salt and water. It made its appearance in Northern Canada during the 19th century, when early Scottish expeditions established fur-trading posts in the region.  Traditionally, several methods of preparation were employed, including braising, frying and baking. 
During consultations with the people of Nunavik, a good number of residents expressed their desire to see some traditional Inuit dishes featured on our flights. So we held a baking contest in each of the 14 northern communities to find the finest bannock in the land. In the end, there were three winning recipes, one from each region (Hudson’s Bay, Ungava Bay and the Hudson Strait), and three distinct preparations: one baked, another fried and the other made with raisins. Congratulations to Martha Putugu Iqiquq of Puvirnituq, Minnie Airo of Kangirsuk, and Rhoda Ezekiel, of Quaqtaq, and everyone who entered the contest. A hearty thanks, as well, to the Board of Directors at Makivik and the local judges whose discerning palates identified the winning recipes. 
So on your next flight with Air Inuit, make sure to have a bite of our delicious traditional Inuit breads! 
Bannock can only be offered on select routes.