International Women’s Day 2024

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate the women in our lives and their achievements. There is so much to say about the women who make up our culinary industry. Their strength, creativity, and passion are key to providing some of the most exceptional food and drink experiences in our province.

Taste of Nova Scotia is proud to have so many female-owned and operated businesses in our membership. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re making a toast in their honour. From winemakers to chefs, farmers to fishers, educators to entrepreneurs, and so many more – these women are leaders in their industry.

Below are just some of the many incredible women who are a part of Taste of Nova Scotia. To all of the women in our membership, thank you. Today, and everyday, we celebrate you!

Emma Murphy – Uprooted Market & Café

Emma Murphy is the proud owner of Uprooted Market & Cafe, located in Musquodoboit Harbour along the Eastern Shore. Her focus in opening the market is on improving the accessibility of locally grown and locally produced goods to her community. Providing fresh, high-quality Nova Scotian produce along with local coffee and some of the best sandwiches in our province, Emma and her team work hard to ensure Uprooted is a place to source local and a community hub where the neighbourhood can come together and catch up.

Shivani Dhamija – Shivani’s Kitchen

Shivani Dhamija founded Shivani’s Kitchen back in 2014 and it’s been only going up from there. Shivani moved to Nova Scotia in 2011 and while looking for a job in her field (Public Relations), a friend mentioned that they were missing homecooked Indian food and wished there was someone who could provide such an offering. Using generations-old family recipes, she has grown her business into ready-to-eat Indian meals, spices, sauces and paneer.

Cathy Munro – Bramble Hill Farm

Cathy Munro is the owner of Bramble Hill Farm. After leaving a path fisheries science to pursue her dream of working in agriculture and entrepreneurship, Cathy opened Bramble Hill Farm as a way to help consumers eat and live better every day. With a focus on sustainability and community, she continues to grow the business and create partnerships all while focusing on food that is fresh, fun and full of flavour.

Showing commitment to the betterment of not only her community, but Nova Scotia as a whole, keep an eye out for her latest partnership with Nourish Nova Scotia, the Nourish Your Roots 2.0, showcasing her micro gardens!

Beatrice Stutz and Cäcilia Stutz – Domaine de Grand Pré

Beatrice Stutz and Cäcilia Stutz are part of the Stutz family, who have been the owners and operators of Domaine de Grand Pré and sister restaurant Le Caveau since it opened. With the help of Beatrice and Cäcilia, Grand Pré has become one of the most popular wine destinations in Nova Scotia. Each wine is produced locally, with all the quality flavours you come to expect in a Nova Scotian wine.

Lynda Flinn – Kiwi Café

Lynda Flinn is the owner of the Kiwi Café, located in the heart of the Chester community. The Kiwi Café has been open since 2003, and Lynda has paved the way for the success and growth of the business. Lynda views the Kiwi Café as a community hub; a place where the locals can gather and have a good time. It should also be noted that the food is delicious, and a great mix between Kiwi and traditional Canadian foods.

Amy Savoury

Amy Savoury is an instructor at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Kingstec Campus, in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries. She teaches our future culinary leaders all about local food and rink in the province, and champions her students to discover their own passion for local. Beyond that, Amy helps lead Nova Scotia Wine Education Seminars with Taste of Nova Scotia and was the 2023 recipient of the Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Ambassador Award.

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