Nova Scotia Grazing Board

Nova Scotians are renowned for their hospitality, cherishing the experience of sharing a meal. A grazing board offers the perfect opportunity to connect over rich flavours and engaging stories. Here’s how to craft a well-balanced, seasonally inspired grazing board that celebrates local tastes!


Nova Scotia boasts an abundance of seasonal delicacies and year-round staples. Whether you explore farmers’ markets, independent retailers, or local grocers, you’ll find an array of essentials, from seasonal produce and artisanal cheeses to cured meats and fresh seafood.

Let the bounty of each season guide your selection, from the crisp freshness of spring rhubarb to the hearty richness of winter root vegetables. Whether you serve the produce fresh, pickled, or stewed, it’s up to you!


A combination of flavours and textures is key to creating an enticing grazing board. Consider incorporating elements from the following categories:


They say we eat with our eyes first, so presentation is paramount. Whether you opt for a wooden board, pottery, or your favourite China, ensure ample space to showcase each ingredient.

Experiment with different shapes and textures, from sliced cheeses, meats, and patés to whole fruits and torn baguettes, to create visual interest. Use smaller bowls and varied serving utensils to enhance the presentation of pickles and preserves.

Arrange items strategically, considering both their flavour and aesthetics. Pair salty cheeses with sweet fruits or spicy meats with creamy dips.

Layering items and allowing them to overlap adds depth and abundance to your presentation.


With these tips in hand, you’re ready to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the essence of Nova Scotia’s hospitality and culinary richness. Cheers to good food, great company, and memorable moments shared around the table!


Photography provided by: Michelle Doucette Photography (

– This recipe is featured in our 2024 Taste of Nova Scotia Culinary Guide

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