What’s Cooking: February 11 – 18

February 11 already?! This week’s blog highlights current events, releases, specials, getaways, and more around the province. We’ve also included a delicious Creamy Shellfish Linguine recipe, just in time for Valentine’s Day!


Sugar Moon Farm

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Earltown’s Sugar Moon Farm is a beautiful destination at any time of the year, but the snow makes it even more special. Although they’re currently not open for dine in, they’re offering contactless takeout and shopping, drop ins for sugar-on-snow, and snowshoes rentals for exploring the many nearby trails.

The perfect destination for a day trip with friends and family, visit Sugar Moon to experience all of the great things they have to offer!

Propeller Brewing Company

Propeller Brewery has launched their new S’mores Imperial Dessert Stout! With roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla beans, and lactose, this brew will conjure memories of nights around the campfire sharing stories and trying for the perfectly-toasted marshmallow.

Find this special brew at Bishops Cellar, WestSide Beer Wine Spirits, RockHead Wine & Beer Market, Harvest Wines & Spirits, or place an online order for home delivery.

Delectable Desserts and Change is Brewing Co. Collaboration

For the entire month of February, Delectable Desserts is offering ‘Black Futures Cakes’! They’ve partnered with Change is Brewing Co. to bring you four different treats that each pay homage to the four collaboration beverages they released in 2020. The four cakes are; ‘Blackberry Freedom’ a blackberry and milk chocolate mousse cake, ‘Cherry Brook Wheat’, a cherry and almond buttercream cake, ‘Good News’, a raspberry mango cheesecake, and ‘Forest Glory’, a cranberry apple caramel cheesecake.

These delectable mini cakes come in boxes of four, so you can try every flavour, or you can pick your favourite and get one full sized cake! All profits will be donated to projects supporting youth and community.

2021 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition

Grain-to-glass distillery Compass Distillers took home several medals including Best in Class Contemporary Gin for their Gin Royal. They also received two silver medals and five bronze medals at this year’s competition. 

Raging Crow Distillery took home six medals in the recent Artisan Distillers Canada Spirit Competition. These awards included a gold medal, with their Spruce Tip Gin winning Best in Class, with Distinction, along with four silvers, and one bronze medal. This is a wonderful accomplishment for the young distillery, and a reflection of their hard work to deliver products of the highest quality.

Ironworks Distillery also took part in this year’s competition. They finished with a very positive outcome, with their vodka and Heart Iron whiskey winning gold, their Hunter Brandy winning silver, and their Gin Noir claiming bronze.

A full list of award winners from this year’s competition can be found on the website.

Valentine’s Day Overview


Kitchen Door Valentine’s Take Out

Person in a denim shirt opens a cardboard box filled with small boxes of food from Kitchen Door.

Kitchen Door is letting you have a relaxing evening in with their four-course Valentine’s Dinner to go! Order online through their website. What’s better than wine and chocolate? How about wine flavoured chocolate!

Winegrunt’s Valentine’s Week

Winegrunt isn’t only celebrating Valentine’s Day, they’ve put together a “Valentine’s Week”, with four days of specials! Beginning on Thursday, February 11, with ‘Three Course Thursday’, followed by ‘That Friday Feeling’, with a ‘Fabulous Five-ounce Fizzy Friday Feature’ pairing, then it’s ‘Jazzy Saturday’, and ‘Busking Brunch Sunday’!

This will be a fun and tasty week, so contact Winegrunt to make your reservation!

Dine Around 2021

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Halifax’s tastiest month of the year is back! Dine Around 2021 promises to be spicier, juicier, and more delicious than ever!  From February 1 – 28, savour special menus from your favourite Halifax restaurants, priced $10 – $50. This year restaurants are offering dine in, take out, and delivery options, so it’s easier than ever to #supportlocalsafely! For more information, visit www.dinearoundhfx.com.

Featured Recipe: Creamy Tarragon Shellfish Linguine

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Creamy pasta and sauce meet fresh, local seafood in this decadent and hearty dish. Perfect to make on Valentine’s Day or for dinner any night of the week, one thing is certain, this rich recipe will not disappoint!

Grocery List

List of seasonal produce for the week of February 11

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

Get your local scallops from Clearwater Seafoods, Fisherman’s Market, Comeau Sea Foods Ltd., Afishionado Fishmongers, A.C. Covert Distributors, and Evan’s Fresh Seafoods

Find local white wine from one of Nova Scotia’s wineries Avondale Sky Winery, Benjamin Bridge, Blomidon Estate Winery, Gaspereau Vineyards, Grand Pre Wines, Jost Vineyards, L’Acadie Vineyards, Lightfoot & Wolfville, Luckett Vineyards, Mercator Vineyards, Petite Riviere Vineyards, Planters Ridge Winery, Sainte-Famille Wines, Casa Nova Fine Beverages. 

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