PRESS RELEASE: 2019 Taste of Nova Scotia Awards

A photo of the 2019 Taste Awards logo

For Immediate Release

Wolfville, October 24, 2019: Each year, the Taste of Nova Scotia Awards recognize and celebrate the culinary leaders in Nova Scotia, the people and products that are at the heart of Nova Scotia’s great culinary experiences and successes. The 2019 Award recipients were announced during DEVOUR! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville on October 24, 2019.

“Nova Scotia has a vibrant food and beverage industry and is gaining recognition as a world class culinary destination,” says Emily Haynes, executive director of Taste of Nova Scotia. “We have internationally recognized chefs and restaurants, an award winning wine industry, thriving fisheries, diverse agricultural products, a booming craft beverage industry, endless coastline, rolling farmland, and to top it all off, we have the best people.”

“It’s those people who shape the culinary fabric of our province that we here to celebrate.”

The following Nova Scotia businesses received 2019 Taste of Nova Scotia Awards:

Producer of the Year
Made With Local (Dartmouth, NS)

Server of the Year
Nancy Shay, The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery (Summerville, NS)

Restaurant of the Year
Founders House Dining & Drinks (Annapolis Royal, NS)

Product of the Year
Pet Nat
Benjamin Bridge (Gaspereau, NS)

Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassador Award
Linda Best & Ann Anderson, Farmworks Investment Co-Operative Ltd. (Wolfville, NS)

“For me, Producer of the Year means the world, because we are so proud to be doing business in a way that is super innovative but also pretty old school,” says Sheena Russell, Founder of Made With Local, which works with local social enterprises such as The Flower Cart, Dartmouth Adult Services Centre (DASC) and Stonehearth Bakery to produce their products. “Our bars are made by hand right here in bakeries in Nova Scotia at organizations that are making a big impact on their communities. Nova Scotia is a huge leader in social entrepreneurship and we’re really grateful to be a part of that.”

Nominations for the Taste of Nova Scotia Awards were received from Taste of Nova Scotia members and the public. The nominations were brought to a judges’ panel and then approved by the Taste of Nova Scotia Board of Directors. These awards are the only province-wide awards that celebrate restaurants, servers, food and beverage producers, exporters, and industry leaders, from Yarmouth to Sydney – and everywhere in between.

For more information about Taste of Nova Scotia and its members visit


Videos of winners can be found on the Taste of Nova Scotia YouTube Channel. High resolution photos of winners available upon request.

For more information please contact:
Sacha Smith
Manager of Membership Services
Phone: (902) 492-9291, ext 112
Cell: (902) 817-9960

About Taste of Nova Scotia

Taste of Nova Scotia is a unique, province-wide, marketing program whose are committed to offering exceptional local culinary products and experiences. The Taste of Nova Scotia membership base includes more than 200 quality food producers and processors, locally inspired restaurants, and industry members.

Producer of the Year: Made With Local

Server of the Year: Nancy Shay, The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery

Restaurant of the Year: Founders House Dining & Drinks

Product of the Year: Pet Nat, Benjamin Bridge

Gary MacDonald Culinary Ambassadors of the Year: Linda Best & Ann Anderson, Farmworks Investment Co-Operative Ltd.

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