Halifax & Nova Scotia Food Scene

Halifax & Nova Scotia Food Scene

Apples in the Orchard at Grand Pre National Historic Site

I’m back from a wonderful five days in Nova Scotia. It was a good mix of touring around and meetings. Last year I visited Nova Scotia in the middle of winter when it was rainy (it was early winter) and cold. So it was great to have the chance to visit when the province is at the peak of harvest season when the fall colours are vibrant. I realize that I just missed City Harvest in Halifax, so I’ll have to check that out next year.

There are so many great things happening in Nova Scotia and I’m excited to be a part of it in less than a year. On my first vist to Wolfville last year (it’s one hour from Halifax), I went out for a run through the town along the ocean and discovered the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. I was so excited to find a place dedicated to supporting local farmers and businesses. Unfortunately we weren’t in town when the market was open. I’ve been following the market for almost a year now, so it was great to visit this time and to meet some of the vendors. I didn’t have my own kitchen while we visited, so I connected with some of the other vendors such as The Noodle Guy (amazing pastas), a lovely jewlery maker (beautiful copper work), and another woman who makes and sells essential oils and soaps.

On Saturday I hiked Cape Split, where the Minas Basin opens into the Bay of Fundy. It was an intense 16km hike. It was eight kilometres of hiking through the forest before I reached the point for a beautiful view. On Sunday I visted the Grand Pre National Historic Site where I spent some time learning the local history about the Acadian Settlers.

 

 

One of my first discoveries through the Wolfville Farmer’s Market was the Halifax Food Bloggers. And then I realized that it’s not just Wolfville that supports local food – so much of Nova Scotia is passionate about supporting their farmers and businesses. I realized that I’m going to be landing in the right place. I spent a day in Halifax and had the pleasure of meeting food bloggers Kelly Neil and Kathy Jollimore who are at the pulse of the food scene in Halifax.

I also had the pleasure of connecting with Aaron Whitman of Able Sense Media/Publishing. They’re putting out some beautiful cookbooks this year. If you’re looking for an introduction to Nova Scotian cuisine and the local food movement in the region, I recommend their first coobook, Straight from the Line. It’s written by award-winning chef, Jason Lynch who is the chef at Grand Pre Winery.

I would highly recommend a trip the Annapolis Valley and Halifax. Not only will it be a great place to live, it’s a great place for a vacation.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the harvest.

 

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About Avery Peters

Sharing stories. Sharing food.

I express my creativity in the kitchen. My inspiration comes from being outside—in the forest, on the farm, by the ocean, or going to the farmers’ market. I love to share food with family and friends.