What’s Cooking: May 10 – 16

digby pines in the spring

Hibernation is over and there are lots of fun ways to spend the upcoming week celebrating the momma bears in your life! With businesses reopening left and right there is always somewhere new to visit or revisit. If you are looking for ways to enjoy the coming of Spring in Nova Scotia continue reading and discover some tasty ideas! Here’s What’s Cooking this week.

Open City Halifax 

In the mood for a drink and to support local? A few of our amazing members – Garrison Brewing Company and their Oxford Taproom, Propeller Brewing Co., Good Robot Brewing Company, Bulwark Cider, Chain Yard Urban Cidery, Morris East, and Ambassatours – are participating in this years annual Open City HFX on May 11! You won’t want to miss this day of showing appreciation to the entrepreneurs and small businesses of Halifax Peninsula and Downtown Dartmouth that bring vibrancy and life to the community. Organizers encourage everyone to visit as many small businesses as they can; as a bonus, companies will be offering special experiences, such as sidewalk sales, backdoor takeout, shopping deals and more!

More information: Open City Halifax

Thanksgiving w. Digby Pines

Digby Pines Retreat

Calling all literature enthusiasts! For the Love of Books is an exclusive event bringing you an up-close-and-personal interaction with three of Nova Scotia’s award winning authors. Carol Bruneau, Stephens Gerard-Malone, and Lesley Crewe are spending May 10 and 11 at Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa to share their journeys and inspirations as renowned writers. The weekend includes individual author talks, a group dinner, and pop-up book market provided by retreat partner Nimbus Publishing.

The full schedule of weekend events can be found on their website!

Flying Apron Inn & Cookery: View from outside

The Flying Apron Brunch Buffet  

The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery invites you to celebrate Mother’s Day with them at their brunch buffet! From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 12 they will be serving a mouthwatering menu you and the special woman in your life are bound to enjoy.

To ensure a spot reservations are required and can be made by calling 902-633-2300.

sable shortbread

Sable Shortbread Company  

Need an excuse for a sweet treat? Sable Shortbread Company has just launched their first ever Flavour of the Month, just time for Mother’s Day! Move over plain Earl Grey, Raspberry Earl Grey is the brand new limited edition flavour of May. Made with locally blended Raspberry Earl Grey tea, each cookie has a hint of sweet raspberry, making it the perfect addition to a Mother’s Day tea or coffee!

Share the joy this Mother’s Day!

White Point Resort

White Point Beach Resort is kicking off Mother’s Day weekend on May 11 with a Tidal & Tapas event. Starting at 5:30 p.m. indulge your palate with four harmonizing pairings of Tidal Bay wine and Chef inspired tapas. Sit, sip, and enjoying the exquisite flavours while absorbing the stories behind each glass. End the night with an interactive demonstration on how to pour the perfect sangria like an expert. Stay the night and wake up May 12 for their Mother’s Day brunch. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the ocean to cap off an enchanting weekend getaway!

Find this event (and more!) as listed on our Savouring Mother’s Day blog!

Sea Level Brewing

Like the tides, change is inevitable, and after 17 years in Port Williams, Sea Level Brewing‘s Port Williams location – where they first started their brewery and retail journey – will be closing. For 12 years, this location was where every drop of brewing was done before the main production expanded to a second location in Sheffield Mills.

In this new chapter, Sea Level invites their valued customers to continue to visiting them; for the loyal Port Williams patrons, they welcome you with open arms to join them at their Millstone Harvest Brewhouse location! Stop by tonight (May 10) for their Feel Good Friday event, featuring fun, upbeat tunes from Inigo Cuartero.

May 17: Clove Hitch Bar & Bistro and Lupin Dining & Pantry both officially open for the season! Visit these talented establishments if you’re looking for a place to eat out this Spring! Enjoy devine food and amazing company.

May 18: East Coast Cider Festival is coming to Downtown Halifax! Indulge in crisp ciders from across the maritimes, especially our nine participating members. Tickets include a souvenir glass, 12 cider sample tickets, and a meal voucher with lots of other goodies to be purchased on sight!

May 24: The Carleton is hosting a Beer Release Party to celebrate a brand new beverage by Garrison Brewing Company and Duke 25 Hops. The festivities will start at 8 p.m. where you can be one of the first to try the new brew while listing to country music from The Desperado Band. Grab your tickets now!

May 29: There’s going to be a Wine Showdown at The Carleton! Avondale Sky Winery and Luckett Vineyards face off over 5 courses prepared by Chef Mathias Probst. Each course is paired with a wine from each winery and at the end of the night you can vote to declare the winner. Get your tickets quick!

May 30: Nova Scotia Cider Association’s Ciders and Sliders is taking place at the Old Orchard Inn! Explore over 30 refreshing ciders from local craft cideries, paired with deliciously savoury and sweet sliders. Introduce yourself to a wide array of styles and flavours, you might just find your new favourite local cider! Tickets are available online, for more details call 800-561-8090 or 902-542-5751.

Featured Recipe: Roasted Carrot Salad

Carrots are coming into season and this salad recipe from Renée Lavallée of The Canteen on Portland is a perfect way to use fresh produce to elevate a meal! Incorporating a pop of colour with savoury and sweet flavours to appeal to every palate, this dish can be the star of the show or a delectable appetizer.

Local Source Guide

Produce: Noggins Corner Farm Market, Stirling Fruit Farms Ltd., Masstown Market, Uprooted Market & Cafe, or one of the many other Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia.

Yogurt: Fox Hill Cheese House


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