What’s Cooking: December 17 – 24

The holidays are here and we want to help you have the most locally-inspired experience possible. Read along to find the best ways to celebrate, eat, drink and support local this holiday season.


Evergreen Festival

Evergreen Festival LogoEvergreen is online! Browse local vendors through the online Evergreen Market to complete your holiday shopping! Enjoy the Evergreen Stage from the comfort and safety of your own home, with performances running Friday-Sunday from Nov 28 – Dec 20. Follow the glow and take a safe stroll downtown Halifax and Dartmouth to explore the displays of the holiday lights of Everygreen Bright.

Petite Patrie Chocolate Awarded Bronze

Petite Patrie Awarded Bronze

Congratulations to Petite Patrie Chocolate who, for the second year, was awarded bronze for their 72 per cent dark chocolate origin Copan Honduras at the Academy of Chocolate UK! Commendations were also given to their 75 per cent Dak Lak Vietnam, Goat Milk chocolate with hazelnut and 80 per cent dark chocolate Tabasco Region Mexico origin.

The Flying Apron’s Christmas Eve Brunch

The flying Apron's Christmas Eve Brunch 

The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery will be hosting a Christmas Eve Brunch this year. It’s the perfect way to begin your Christmas celebrations! Reservations are highly recommended. To make a reservation, please call 902-633-2300.

Chain Yard Same Day HRM Delivery

Chain Yard Urban Cidery's logo

Enjoy Chain Yard Cider from the comfort of your own home with same day HRM delivery! Cross local cider off your shopping list and let Chain Yard deliver to your door. Order by 2 p.m. and recieve same day delivery.

Local Gifting

Avondale Sky Electronic Gift Cards

Avondale Sky Winery gift cards

Avondale Sky is offering electronic gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 increments. They can be purchased online and redeemed online as well, making them the perfect gift for this holiday season.

Garrison Brewing 4-pack Holiday Mingler

This Garrison Brewing 4-pack is the perfect gift to please the craft beer lover in your life! This 4-pack features, Tall Ship – a crisp and light East Coast Ale, Irish Red – in a can for the first time, Deja Moo – a milk stout that delivers on espresso and chocolate flavours, Pucker Up! – the kettle sour that is “brewed to make you blush!” There’s a little something for everyone in this mixed pack.

Shivani’s Kitchen Holiday Gift Bundle

Shivani's Kitchen Holiday Gift Bundle

With this Shivani’s Kitchen Holiday Gift Bundle you can make authentic Butter Chicken and spicy Chicken Tikka in the comfort of your home! Shivani’s ready to use sauces make cooking quick and easy.  Use their spice blends and create authentic Indian creamy butter chicken dishes with their online recipes.

Culinary Experiences

Nova Scotia is filled with culinary destinations. Inspire future culinary experiences and adventures with the gift of a Nova Scotia food or drink package. Use the holidays to give back to local businesses in your community and at the same time, find amazing personal gifts and experiences for your friends and family. Visit our Culinary Packages page for suggestions.

Get Your Hands on Local 

Photo of the wordmark for Get Your Hands On Local campaign

Visit our Get Your Hands on Local website for a list of restaurants offering dine in service and take out, as well as local food & beverage suppliers, markets & retailers offering online ordering, pickup, delivery and retail options across the province.

Featured Recipe

Cranberry Shortbread Cheesecake

This Cranberry Shortbread Cheesecake might be almost too beautiful to eat… almost. Featuring vanilla shortbread, a delicious and local cranberry sauce and candied cranberries, this cheesecake wont last on the dinner table for long.

Grocery List

Get your hands on local apples, potatoes, turnips, garlic, onions, and cranberries while shopping at Noggins Corner Farm MarketMasstown Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., and other Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia. Find local shortbread at Mrs. MacGregor’s Shortbreads or Sable Shortbread.

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