What’s Cooking: July 3 – 9

We’re kicking off July with plenty of updates from Nova Scotia’s incredible food and beverage industry. With music nights, new local wine, and businesses re-opening, keep reading to stay up to date with restaurants and food & drink producers across the province as well as the info on some exciting upcoming events. We’ve also included a seasonal grocery list and a delicious summer recipe to try!


Le Caveau Restaurant

Grand Pre @ Night

Le Caveau Restaurant is preparing to launch the 2020 Live Music Under the Vines series, with the first event being held on July 9 featuring the Mark Riley Project. Reservations are required and a $10 cover fee will apply to each attendee. To make a reservation call the restaurant at 902-542-7177 or send an email to lecaveau@grandprewines.ns.ca.

Liquid Assets

Liquid Assets has re-opened their retail store in the Halifax Stanfield International Airport from Monday – Friday, with limited hours based on flight schedules. They are continuing to provide delivery services in HRM and East Hants on Tuesdays and Fridays for $5. Order your favourite local wine, beer, spirits, and cider through their website.

Sugar Moon Farm

Sugar Moon Farm is open and ready to satisfy your sweet tooth! They’re offering dine in by reservation on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and pre-ordered takeout from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., with both indoor and outdoor seating.

The Old Fish Factory Restaurant

Old Fish Factory Restaurant launched a new website dedicated to online takeout ordering (pickup only), making the process that much easier! The site has their full menu and will be updated daily to reflect what they have. Order your meal ahead of time and enjoy on their wharf side patio!

Petite Rivière Vineyards

Petite Riviere Vineyards is launching their 2019 vintage of Petite L’orange, yes that’s right – orange wine! Also known as skin-contact white wine, this beverage gets its amber hue from fermenting on its grape skins. They’re offering free samples of this dry and aromatic wine from Wednesday – Sunday. They are also open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. starting July 8!

Mateus Bistro

Photo of: Mateus Bistro Meal

Mateus Bistro is now open for dine in! With a brand new deck for outdoor seating and solid safety procedures, they are ready to welcome you back to enjoy their new and delicious dine in menu. They are open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 5 – 9 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Gaspereau Vineyards

Aerial photo of Gaspereau Vineyards

Gaspereau Vineyards has re-opened their vine side patio! They’re serving pizza, charcuterie, and some delicious dessert to pair with your choice of wine. Visit them from Thursday – Sunday, 12 – 3 p.m.


Re-open City

Since 2012, Open City created by I Love Local HFX  has been the kick-off to the summer season for Halifax’s local shops and restaurants. Whether it’s back door takeout being served by some of the city’s top chefs, live entertainment, or rare deals at local shops, you never know what Open City has to offer.

In 2020, the organizing of Open City has been handed to Develop Nova Scotia, with a few adjustments. As Nova Scotia reawakens, the name of the event is now Re-Open City, and it’s taking place over four consecutive weekends, starting June 27 and ending July 19, with the goal is to create a warm, welcoming, and exciting atmosphere across Halifax.

Lobster-Licious Cape Breton

Lobster-Licious is a new local food event running from July 4 – 26, featuring non-traditional and delicious lobster dishes from various food establishments across Cape Breton Island. For every lobster dish purchased at participating restaurants, have the vendor stamp your passport. Three stamps will give you one entry to win a Gourmet Getaway and you will receive additional entries for every stamp received after the first three.

Enjoy your lobster-filled tour around the island and make sure you stop by Taste of Nova Scotia members: Glenora Distillery, Governor’s Pub & Eatery, Kiju’s RestaurantLa Goélette à Pépé Café, and Inverary Resort!

Wigs and Waffles

The Carleton and Haus of Rivers, with special guest Elle Noir, are pleased to present Wigs & Waffles – A Pre-Pride Extravaganza Brunch on Sunday, July 12th! Show time is 12 p.m. and tickets are only $10, available HERE.

Seasonal Grocery List

Summer means an abundance of local produce to enjoy! We’re making your next grocery shopping experience easy by providing you with a quick list of a few seasonal ingredients and goodies which come from incredible local producers across the province.

Local Guide:

Featured Recipe: Savoury Dill and Garlic Potatoes

Add a delicious twist to your classic potato side dish with these Savoury Dill and Garlic Potatoes, the perfect addition to your summer BBQ! This mouth-watering recipe comes from Jonathan Joseph at Argyler Lodge and was originally featured in Nova Scotia Cookery, Then & Now – a cookbook showcasing modern interpretations of Nova Scotia recipes. It’s a good thing local potatoes are on this week’s grocery list!

How to Keep Supporting Local

Good Cheer Trail - Luckett Vineyards

Summer provides endless opportunities to support Nova Scotia producers and businesses. Whether it’s drinks on a patio, buying fresh local produce, planning a staycation, dining in, or ordering takeout – our Get Your Hands on Local page has you covered! Check it out to see how you can support local in any way you desire.

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