A Day in the Annapolis Valley
Known for its world famous tides and fertile rich soils – the Annapolis Valley is home to many exceptional culinary experiences, produced by the land and sea. If you’re looking for stunning scenery, delicious food, and amazing beverages – the Annapolis Valley is the spot for you!
We’ve put together a list featuring a few of our members located in the Annapolis Valley to help you plan your next culinary adventure. From mouthwatering shortbread, to specialty cheeses, and aromatic white wines – it’s the perfect day trip destination! Keep reading to learn more about our members and their extraordinary offerings.
If you’re looking for amazing gourmet shortbread cookies created from scratch, then this is a must-stop for you. Sable Shortbread, located in Kentville, sources the finest local, organic, fair trade, all natural ingredients. Explore their quaint store and be enthralled by all the fresh goodies inside.
With dozens of flavours ranging from the classic to the contemporary, Sable Shortbread will delight your taste buds. Stop in for a cookie and stay a while to browse their selection of gourmet candy, or treat yourself to a handmade soda!
Petite Patrie Chocolate
In the Spring of 2021, Petite Patrie expanded its production and opened a chocolate factory in Kentville. Petite Patrie offers a unique concept called bean-to-bar, where cacao beans are stone ground to produce the most decadent chocolate. Using only the finest cacao beans and ingredients, often produced in Nova Scotia, the resulting chocolate is nothing short of delicious. Petite Patrie offers a wide selection of dark, milk and white chocolate bars, mouth-watering confections and European style drinking chocolate.
Grab your friends for a café date, a private chocolate tasting, a fun chocolate class or a factory tour. Chocolate has never tasted so luxurious!
Church Brewing Co.
Church Brewing is passionate about brewing high quality beer with flavour, personality, and purpose while elevating the amazing food that pairs with it. Their beer is brewed with great attention to detail, with a focus on deep rooted brewing traditions for modern times. Try their seasonal menu, which is carefully curated by sourcing local ingredients from the Annapolis Valley’s best providers.
By restoring a beautiful old Stone Church to its former glory, they have created a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for craft beer lovers new and old. Visit them and enjoy a beer on their picturesque patio or take some to-go from their on-site beer market. Don’t forget to collect a Good Cheer Trail stamp here!
Fox Hill Cheese House
Experience local dairy at Fox Hill Cheese House. The sixth generation family farm provides milk from their own herd of Holstein and Jersey cows to craft specialty cheese, natural yogurt, luscious gelato and fresh pasteurized, non-homogenized milk in glass bottles. Stop by their Port Williams location to sample a selection of their delicious cheese, view the cheesemaking process and take in their scenic family farm.
Don’t forget to taste their delicious gelato flavours, while soaking in the beautiful scenery. The gelato comes in over 25 flavours that are rotated frequently and can be purchased in bowls, waffle cones or take home containers.
Planters Ridge Winery
Housed in a 160-year-old timber framed barn is the picturesque Planters Ridge Winery. The unique Annapolis Valley terroir, along with carefully selected grapes and growing varietals, has gained Planters Ridge a reputation for crafting well-balanced, aromatic whites and silky smooth reds. They offer tastings and scheduled tours year round, as well as wine by the glass and local food boards. Join them in their tasting room or on their scenic patio, overlooking their stunning view. Don’t forget to collect a Good Cheer Trail stamp here!
Experience exquisite, artisanal and locally sourced cuisine at Winegrunt! Located in Windsor, Winegrunt features an extensive list of Nova Scotia wines, local craft beers, and ciders. Their menu changes every two weeks and their friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you select a Nova Scotia wine to compliment your meal. Check out their three-course Thursdays, singer-songwriter Fridays, jazzy Saturdays, and soulful Sundays, featuring some of the best local musicians around.
Make sure to check out our Get Your Hands on Local page for even more information on where to purchase your favourite local food and beverage products from the Annapolis Valley.
Don’t forget to log on to your digital passport to collect stamps on the Nova Scotia Good Cheer, Lobster, and Chowder Trail. Follow the trails. Capture the moments. Collect the stamps. Get the prizes.