What’s Cooking: August 26 – September 2

Two sets of hands hold out berries - one blueberries and one raspberries in front of tall green grass

Back to school might be just around the corner, but summer isn’t over yet! From blueberry themed events to live music and more, keep reading to find out what’s cooking across the province this week. Don’t forget to check out this week’s recipe – a Heartwood Bowl with Peanut Sauce – perfect for taking advantage of all that seasonal produce.


Tangled Garden Pop-Up

Dining area at Tangled Garden

Join Tangled Garden this Saturday (August 28) for their second pop-up of the season. Enjoy a garden stroll and discover a plethora of Nova Scotia crafters including jewelry, pottery, textiles, wood, metal, glass, beverages, as well as Tangled Garden’s own products. Find the perfect locally-made gift for you, your family, or friends. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Steinhart Distillery: Steinhart Summer Hits

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Did you know Steinhart Distillery offers a music series on their patio Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer? Experience great tunes, along with snacks from their schnitzel shack or beverages from the distillery and 9Zero2 Brewing Co. Music paired with great local food and drinks? Count us in!

Annapolis Cider Company: Sip & Support

Strawberry lime cider

Annapolis Cider Company has just released their newest Something Different cider — Strawberry Lime. Featuring fresh-pressed local strawberries balanced with a refreshing zing of pure lime juice, this summer sipper delivers a crisp and clean finish. In addition, fifty cents from each refill will be donated to Shelter Movers Nova Scotia — a national, volunteer-powered charitable organization providing moving and storage services at no cost to women and children fleeing abuse.

Celtic Music Interpretive Centre: KitchenFest

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KitchenFest is back at the Celtic Music Interpretive Centre! From August 29th to September 3rd they will be hosting a variety of musicians during their lunch hours. Consider this annual celebration featuring fiddles and bagpipes, concerts and céilidhs, food and drink, Gaelic language and song, your official invitation to Cape Breton’s biggest kitchen céilidh.

From August 20 – September 4, communities throughout Nova Scotia will celebrate the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival. Enjoy an assortment of blueberry menu items at participating food and beverage locations including Sugar Moon Farm, Masstown Market, Raging Crow Distillery, the Train Station Inn and Railway Dining Car, the Nook and Cranny in Truro & Tatamagouche, and Coldstream Clear Distillery. This year’s festival will also include several virtual events and activities promoted on Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival’s Facebook page.

Taste of Nova Scotia Awards

There’s just a few days left to place your nominations for the 2021 Taste of Nova Scotia Awards. From now until August 31, place your nominations for Restaurant of the Year, Server of the Year, Producer of the year, Product of the year and the Culinary Ambassador Award (in memory of Gary MacDonald).

BONUS! By placing your nomination, you’ll also be entered to win a $250 Taste of Nova Scotia gift basket. Each nomination is an additional entry.

Member Promotions

Grand Pré Wines: Grand Pre wines has just released a new small lot Chardonnay! Vibrant pineapple and tree fruit aromas give way to notes of peach and pear that develop further in the glass. Flavours of stone fruit and apple evolve into lingering notes of vanilla and toasted coconut on the palate. This wine is well suited for pairing with Nova Scotian seafood, chicken, pork and creamy pasta dishes.

Argyler Lodge & Restaurant: Did you know the Argyler Lodge offers three course Sunday dinners at their restaurant? Each week they offer a new, seasonally inspired meal for guests. Reservations are recommended!

Made With Local: September is right around the corner and for many of us that means school lunches and afterschool snacks are back on the menu! Made With Local’s new bundle features four bags of Granola Bar Mix, one case of their Real Food Bars, and a reusable snack bag to carry all those homemade bars! Valued at $80, but available for purchase for $64.95!

Galloping Cows Fine Foods: Visit Galloping Cows at the Joseph Howe Superstore on Saturday, August 28 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. As part of their sustainability program they are happy to accept your clean recycled Galloping Cows jars if you bring them directly to their booth!

Chain Yard Urban Cidery: Chain Yard has just released a new cider: Slowly but Sur Lie. Single varietal northern spies aged for five months on the lees (sur lie). The cider was then further enriched by periodically stirring in the lees (batonnage). The end result is a refreshing, sour and completely dry cider well worth the wait.

Still Fired Distilleries: Blueberry Vodka is back for a limited time at Still Fired! Solely available at the distillery and online. First come, first serve basis while supplies last. Get yours now!

Featured Recipe: Heartwood Bowl with Peanut Sauce

blue bowl filled with a vegetable dish sits on a wooden platter on top of a blue background. two wooden chopsticks are on the bowl.

Perfect for back to school, this bowl from Heartwood features an abundance of Nova Scotia’s local produce. The best part about this recipe? You can tailor it to whatever seasonal produce you prefer or have on hand!

Grocery List

Seasonal grocery list

Local Produce: Noggins Corner Farm MarketMasstown MarketStirling Fruit Farms Ltd., or your local Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia. Make sure to visit tasteofnovascotia.com/getyourhandsonlocal to learn about some of the Nova Scotia produce brands you can find at you community grocery store or independent retailer.

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