What’s Cooking: June 26 – July 2


Benjamin Bridge Vineyard

It’s officially summer and we’re kicking off the season with food and drink updates from around Nova Scotia. We’ve even included a delicious way to cool off on a hot day, a seasonal grocery list, and events that you won’t want to miss.


The Old Fish Factory

The Old Fish Factory Restaurant and Ice House Bar has reopened their wharf-side patio for the season! Check out their social media for their hours of operation and enter a draw to win a $50 gift certificate to use during the 2020 season. 

Benjamin Bridge

Benjamin Bridge 2018

In late March, Benjamin Bridge announced they would donate 10 per cent of their Nova 7 sales from the NSLC to three regional hospital foundations. We are happy to announce they have made donations totaling $50,100 to the Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation, Valley Regional Hospital Foundation and Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation. Benjamin Bridge’s new 2019 vintage of Nova 7 in 750-ml bottle and 250-ml can is available on NSLC store shelves for you to enjoy.

The Ostrich Club

Start your week out the right way! The Ostrich Club is offering $20 off all bottles of wine EVERY Monday. Grab a bite to eat and pair your meal with your favourite bottle. 

Still Fired Distilleries

On June 30, Still Fired Distilleries celebrated their five year anniversary. Stop by and celebrate with them Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Propeller Beer Giveaway 

Propeller Brewing Company is hosting a support local giveaway, where they give away one of four gift cards to local spots which you can win when you place an order for delivery over $100. Visit their Facebook page for more information!

Rose and Kettle Tea Room

cole harbour heritage farm strawberry shortacke

Cole Harbour Heritage Museum is officially open as of July 1st! The Rose and Kettle Tea Room will be offering a limited outdoor menu only, to enjoy on their carefully spaced picnic tables or outdoor benches. The menu includes coffee, tea, lemonade, and baked goods, with the possibility of expanding in the future. 

Bishop’s Cellar

Inside of Bishop Cellar retail space

Bishop’s Cellar is welcoming you back to their retail location for safe, in-person shopping. They are open Mon. – Wed., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Thurs. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. But don’t fret – you’re also still able to order online for delivery or curbside pickup!

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

Upcoming Events

Drink Atlantic Cocktail Festival 

There’s just one more weekend left to take in the online programming for this year’s Drink Atlantic Cocktail Festival. Don’t miss the programming this Saturday, July 4, as L’Acadie Vineyards and Barrelling Tide discuss the idea of ‘what grows together, goes together’ in the seminar Love for Local: Sparkling Wine Cocktails. For more information and links to the seminars click here.

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

Featured Recipe: Gin Popsicles 

The child-like fun of a popsicle mixed with the adult-like fun of a cocktail makes Gin Popsicles the perfect summer treat. They combine everything you love about a Gin and Tonic with a handy ice-cold way that’s sure to cool you off this summer. They’re quick, easy and perfect for any summer get-together. 

We suggest using local gin from Ironworks Distillery, Steinhart Distillery, Barrelling Tide Distillery, Compass Distillers, Raging Crow Distillery Inc., or Still Fired Distilleries Inc for the perfect local popsicle!

How to Keep Supporting Local 

Whether it’s going for drinks on a patio, buying fresh local produce, exploring our province on a staycation, dining in, or ordering takeout, there’s plenty of ways to keep supporting local! Our Get Your Hands on Local page can help you check where you can go to continue to support local.

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