Taste of the Month: Good Cheer
Spring has sprung! As the weather gets warmer and flowers begin to bloom, we’re raising our glasses this month in honour of Good Cheer and all of the incredible wines, beers, ciders and spirits we have in Nova Scotia. May is Good Cheer Month – Sociable!
Looking for ways to celebrate this month? We’ve got some great ideas to get you started:
Explore the Good Cheer Trail: Canada’s first and only winery, brewery, cidery and distillery trail is back for its fourth year! Grab your friends and prepare for the ultimate Good Cheer Trail adventure. With 71 trail stops around the province, what will you tap into?
Enjoy the winer things in life: This year’s release of Tidal Bay wines will be unveiled at the Tidal Bay Annual Release and Tasting Event on May 11. Tidal Bay is Nova Scotia’s very own wine appellation and is a fantastic representation of our terroir. Come discover your favourite and see what makes our wines so unique!
Take a Tour: The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus, Grape Escapes, and Uncork Nova Scotia wine tours all begin in May, giving you a chance to explore wineries across our bountiful province. Ambassatours Gray Line also offer a great selection of fun cruises highlighting Nova Scotian wine and beer.
Get crafty: With patio season approaching, it’s time to brush up on what’s brewing across the province. Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week will be running until May 6, with the flagship Craft Beer Week Full House event happening on May 5. Stop by our Good Cheer Trail booth for an extra taste of Good Cheer featuring Barrelling Tide Distillery.
Raise your spirits:Add a spring touch to your cocktails with the addition of some fresh Nova Scotian herbs. Try this recipe for the Nova Scotian Old-Fashioned, prepared with rosemary-infused maple syrup and Caldera whisky.
Take a walk through the Gardens: Visit Tangled Garden located in the heart of the valley at Grand Pré. The gardens open May 18 and are ideal for a scenic stroll. The shop features various hand-crafted jams, vinegars, jellies and liqueurs flavoured with herbs grown on site and fruit from the surrounding Annapolis countryside.
Be Social: Share in the good cheer with us on Instagram and Twitter by using #tasteofthemonth
Did you know?
- Beer: Nova Scotia is home to more craft breweries per capita than any other province.
- Wine: There are over 70 grape growers and more than 800 acres under vine in seven different regions across the province.
- Spirits: The growth of the province’s distilleries has led to the development of more than 30 varieties of spirits and liqueur including rum, whiskey, vodka, brandy, liqueurs, gin and more.
- Cider: Nova Scotia’s deep-rooted tradition of apple growing has recently led to a craft cider resurgence.
Can’t make it to the producer? You don’t have to travel far for a great taste of local! Purchase your favourite local beverages at Bishop’s Cellar, Liquid Assets, Harvest Wines, Rockhead Wine & Beer Market, Westside Beer Wine Spirits or your local NSLC store.
REMINDER: Always enjoy beverages responsibly – book a tour or have a designated driver.
What’s Next? If you’re wondering what’s coming up next, we’ve got these local themes to look forward to for the summer:
June: Picnics & Patios