What’s Cooking: August 12 – 19

This summer has flown by — and we want you to make the most of what’s left! Live music, new products and fun events are all things that are featured in this week’s What’s Cooking blog. Grab your friends and your favourite beverages because this week is going to be a good one!


The Carleton

The Carleton is hosting an event this Friday (August 13), at 8 p.m., featuring Roadside Scarecrow & special guests. Tickets can be purchased on their website for $10. While enjoying the sounds of local music, be sure to indulge in The Carleton’s menu of fresh, locally inspired comfort food with a top selection of Nova Scotia craft beers, wine, and more!

Planters Ridge Winery

This Saturday, August 14, join Planters Ridge Winery to partake in summer wine and yoga. Port Williams native Laura Jacobs is teaching a one hour morning yoga practice session beginning at 9:30 a.m. Class will take place on the lawn and include a glass of wine to be enjoyed as you take in the gorgeous vineyard views. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on their website. All participants must be 19 years or older. 

Founders House

Enjoy the “fruits” of summer in the Annapolis Valley with Founders House Dining & Drinks and Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards! Spend your time tasting and sipping carefully curated pairings, all while learning from the wine makers whose creation you’re enjoying. This event takes place on August 18 at Founders House and tickets are $160/person. Seats are sold as either tables of two or four; if your group is larger than four, please call them directly to arrange a table. Book your table on their website.

Saltbox Brewing Company

Join Saltbox for their Sip & Rip (Brewery Bike Tour) event, in partnership with Sweet Ride Cycling. The event is happening on August 21, and you can grab your tickets for $60 on their website. Grab your friends and rip around to all three of Saltbox’s taprooms (Saltbox Brewing, Lightship Brewing and King Street Beer Company) between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a sip of beer or cider, a bite to eat and to get your Good Cheer Trail passport stamped! After a fun day, head back to King Street Beer to enjoy the  band Shaydid from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., a free drink from Saltbox and prize draws!

Member Promotions

Barrelling Tide Distillery: Barrelling Tide Distillery welcomes their newest release into their beverage collection – Mixed Berry Vodka Soda! Zero sugar, low calorie and no carbs, this drink is perfect for the summer. You can purchase your own six pack of the new vodka sodas for $18 or purchase a flat (x24) for $60 until August 15. Available now on their website!

Lake City CiderThe Halifax Pride Festival kicks off August 12 and what better drink to celebrate than with Lake City Cider’s District Pride Rosé Cider! Lake City Cider is also releasing this years edition of their Lake City Cider Pride shirts; the cost of a shirt is $25, and a portion of these are also included in their partnership with Egale Canada.

Garrison Brewing: Garrison Brewing is thrilled to release Queer Summer Brew, which was made in collaboration with Halifax Pride Festival. This refreshing beer will be available in 473ml cans at retail locations, online delivery, Halifax Pride Festival grounds and participating private liquor stores. A portion of the sales from Queer Summer Brew will be donated to Halifax Pride.

Benjamin Bridge: Benjamin Bridge has released their Piquette Sampler, which is the perfect mix for summer sipping. Their family of Piquette wine-style beverages were designed as a low-alcohol option for the relaxed, carefree nights of summer. And now, with their new alcohol-free Piquette Zero, there’s a delicious 0% ABV option to break up your evening or to offer to a guest who’s forgoing alcohol. Their Piquette Sampler includes 4 x 250ml Piquette, 4 x 250ml Pink Piquette and 4 x 250ml Piquette Zero. Available on their website for local and Canada-wide shipping.

Sugar Moon Farm: Sugar Moon Farm is now open for dine in reservations! They are open Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with limited seating. Due to social distancing, space in the dining room is limited so they can only accept drop-ins if tables are available. Reservations are recommended! Booking is now open on their website through to August 15.

The Canteen: Starting August 3, Little C is taking a summer break and instead, will be used as additional seating for The Canteen. Reservations are now open on their website! They also offer take out orders that can be placed by calling ahead or pre-ordering online.

Featured Recipe: Blueberry Lavender Gin Fizz

A blueberry cocktail sitting on a table surrounded by blueberries.

This drink will be sure to help you channel your inner bartender. Wild Nova Scotia blueberry juice perfectly compliments the local gin in this cocktail. Fill up your cup with blueberry goodness!

Grocery List

Get your hands on local blueberries at Noggins Corner Farm MarketStirling Fruit Farms Ltd.Masstown Market, or from Bonnymans’ Wild Blueberries. Look for blueberries from Oxford Frozen Foods, Country Magic or Millen Farms at your local grocery store!

Pick up Steinhart Distillery Gin at the distillery, select Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia or specialty liquor stores. Still Fired DistilleriesIronworks Distillery, Compass Distillers, Raging Crow Distillery, and Barrelling Tide Distillery also make local gin.

Get your hands on local produce at Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., Masstown Market or one of the many Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia.

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