What’s Cooking: May 31 – June 6

Sparkling Rhubarb Sangria (Morris East)

Summer is finally here, and Nova Scotia is alive with the sounds and tastes of the season! This week, we’re welcoming the sunshine with a series of exciting events. From lively concerts and refreshing drinks to an array of local happenings, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s a glimpse at what’s cooking!

Acadian Dining Room - Old Orchard Inn

Old Orchard Inn

It’s that time of year again – Apple Blossom season is here! Get ready to kick up your heels at the Apple Blossom Country Barn Dance at the Old Orchard Inn! Dust off your dancing shoes and prepare for a good old-fashioned barn dance with DJ Bryan from Mobile Music on Friday May 31. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the dance kicks off at 9 p.m., lasting until 1 a.m. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable night of fun; grab your tickets and get ready to boogie til the cows home!

The Rose & Kettle Tearoom

Get ready for a day of family-friendly fun and discovery at the Cole Harbour Heritage Museum’s Fibre Frolic on June 1. This exciting event offers something for everyone. Experience the excitement of Fibre Frolic with sheep shearing, a colourful fibre marketplace, hands-on demonstrations, a wool discovery area for kids, and the Frolic Grill! Dive into new crafts, chat with fibre artisans, meet the sheep, and find the perfect materials for your next creation. Admission and parking are both free. Stay tuned and be sure to check their website for more details about the marketplace, participating vendors, and all the day’s exciting activities!

Bulwark Cider

Join Bulwark Cider for Industry Nights on the first Sunday of the month, starting June 2 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. They’ll be pouring all your favourites with 50 per cent off and rotating food specials to pair. Why not pop by on Sunday and try their newly released flavour. the Barlett Pear! It’s a semi-dry cider boasting fruity notes and sweet aromas, making it the perfect refreshing beverage for a sunny Sunday.

Garrison Brewing Co.

Are you ready for a paws-itively delightful celebration? My Grandfather’s Cat is hosting a pet food giveaway at Garrison Brewing Co. to celebrate their three year anniversary! Head over to the brewery on June 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a day filled with fun, furry friends and freebies! They promise good times with be had by all — humans and pets alike!

In celebration, they will be giving away a truck full of free pet food! Pet food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Garrison products are also available for purchase serparately. Any surplus pet food will be generously donated to our friends at the SPCA and SHAID Tree Animal Shelter. Bring your pets, sip a craft beer and meet some furry companions.

Expect a day filled with giveaways, a delightful pet photo booth, and, of course, FREE pet food. Plus, why not stick around and enjoy a refreshing beer while you’re here?

Still Fired products at Acadia Craft Expo

Still Fired Distilleries

Looking for a summer adventure that’s bursting with flavour and fun? Look no further than Courtyard Cocktails with Gavin! Head over to Still Fired Distilleries for an interactive cocktail experience like no other. Led by their resident mixologist, Gavin, this two-hour session is perfect for groups of four to 10 people.  Spots will open for booking starting June 1 on their website.

Get ready for a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery, where you’ll uncover the secrets behind their exceptional spirits. Then, indulge in a private tasting session to discover your favourites from Still Fired’s lineup. The excitement doesn’t stop there! Gavin will show you their landscaped courtyard and teach you how to make delicious cocktails with your chosen spirits. Still Fired will provide snacks and send you off with a special parting gift to remember the day.

Don’t miss out on the chance to sip, shake, and savour your way through summer!

Lake City Cider

Welcome Summer with the Lake City Cider‘s Seasonal Sampler Pack! You’re set for sunny days ahead, whether you’re lounging in your backyard, picnicking in the park or enjoying an evening on the porch; Lake City helps you celebrate the arrival of summer. This collection combines old favourites with seasonal arrivals.

Each pack includes:

To enhance the summer vibes, Lake City is also including a fresh green apple scented soy wax candle! The pack is $65 value for only $55 including tax and deposit. Lake City is offering free delivery right to your doorstep for anywhere in the HRM. Grab your Seasonal Sampler Pack today and get ready to sip into summer!

The Carleton

Experience a night of soul-stirring music on June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Crying at The Carleton. This talent-packed night of feels will feature Nicole Ariana, known for heart-on-her-sleeve vibey alternative tunes, alt-pop duo Pillow Fite and nostalgically charged singer-songwriter Terra Spencer. Grab your tickets so you don’t miss your chance to enjoy a night of heartfelt tunes, soulful vibes and riding the emotional rollercoaster wave.

June 8: Saltbox Brewing is partnering with the Epilepsy Association of the Maritimes. You can run 5km or walk 3km to support individuals and families affected by epilepsy. Fundraising starts with the run/walk and continues with various events at Saltbox throughout the day! Explore the run/walk route, enjoy music, and indulge in delicious food and drinks.

June 15: Get ready to celebrate love, diversity, and unity at Schoolhouse Brewing’s upcoming Pride Prom on June 15 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Get your sparkles and glam ready for the most fabulous party in Windsor, NS. This year’s theme is 80’s glamour, so prepare to shine. Enjoy live music by Height Requirement, indoor/outdoor bars, and dazzling decorations. More performers to be announced. Tickets are $45 and include a special edition Schoolhouse stainless glass.

June 18: Celebrate Father’s Day at The Long Table Social Club from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Canning, N.S. Dads dining with a family member will receive a complimentary first drink, so reserve your spot online to ensure a table for you and your dad on this busy day!

June 23rd: Leo’s Donair is hosting their third Annual Donair Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m at 1920 St. Margarets Bay Road in Timberlea. It will feature all things… you guessed it… donair! Indulge in the official food of Halifax with donair burgers, donair sausages and donair fingers. Bring the family for lunch or dinner and be sure to come hungry! All proceeds and profits will go to the IWK.

Featured Recipe: Peach & Prosciutto Pizza Paired with Blomidon Tidal Bay

Reimagine pizza with a fresh, sophisticated spin featuring local ingredients with this peach and prosciutto pizza recipe from Morris East. Welcome national Tidal Bay month (June) with this weeks recipe. Perfect for date night, this elegant take on a classic is sure to be a summer month favourite! Pair it with Tidal Bay from Blomidon Estate Winery, as the perfect pairing for peach season. Indulge in a refined take on the classic pie.

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.
Meat: Masstown Butcher.
Maple SyrupSugar Moon Farm and Acadian Maple.
Cheese: Fox Hill Cheese HouseKnoydart Farm, Masstown Creamery

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