What’s Cooking October 17-24?

Thanksgiving weekend may be over, but the food and drink celebrations are only just beginning here in Nova Scotia! This week, sip on a drink while painting your own masterpiece or watch world-class mixologists work their magic at Spirited Away, there’s tons to do!

AND our Taste of the Month for October is HARVEST – Pull on your boots, grab your sweater, head outdoors & explore the province as the season changes!

October 18: Restaurants for Change

As if dining out wasn’t sweet enough already! On October 18, grab some friends and head out for supper at Agricola Street Brasserie, Battery Park, Brooklyn Warehouse, The Canteen or EnVie – the proceeds from your dinner will all go towards Dartmouth North Community Food Centre.

More information: Restaurants for Change

October 19: Gold Medal Plates

Photo of: Gold Medal Plates winning chefs

Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in cuisine, wine, the arts and athletic achievement! On October 19, 2015, be sure to cheer on nine of the top chefs in Nova Scotia as they vie for the top spot. Taste of Nova Scotia chefs Barry Mooney (Gio), Chris Kyprianou (The Five Fishermen Restaurant), Craig Flinn (Chives Canadian Bistro), Ivan Chan (The Orient Chinese Cuisine), Johnathan Canning (NSCC’s Fresh Twenty One), Shane Robillard (Fox Harb’r) and Shaun Zwarun (Kiju’s Restaurant) will be among the nine chefs.

More information: 2017 Gold Medal Plates Halifax

October 19: Spirited Away in Lunenburg

Photo of: Spirited Away Logo

Spirited Away returns to Lunenburg for more adventures with local craft spirits, the distillers who make them and the mixologists who use them so artfully! Keep an eye out for some of Taste of Nova Scotia’s members: Authentic Seacoast, Barrelling Tide Distillery, Caldera Distilling, Coldstream Clear Distillery, Glenora Distillery, Halifax Distilling Company, Ironworks Distillery, Steinhart Distilling, Still Fired Distilleries & Tangled Garden!

If you can’t make it to Lunenburg for the festival, be sure to stop by the event kick-off at The Port by NSLC in Halifax on October 19. To sweeten the deal, Ironworks Distillery will be there to launch their newest product, RUM BOAT RUM – a smooth, naturally golden spirit aged on the formidable waters of the North Atlantic!

More Info: Spirited Away in Lunenburg

October 21: ilovelocalhfx’s City Harvest

photo of garrison beer

Who doesn’t love celebrating Harvest?! On October 21, locally owned businesses around Halifax and Dartmouth will be running special deals to help promote the community around them. Whether it’s enjoying a bite to eat of something fresh and in season in Nova Scotia, or getting a start on your Christmas shopping, there’s lots to enjoy during this event! Check out what our Taste members will be serving up:

Garrison Brewing Company
Asado Wood Fired Grill takes over the Garrison patio with their 2500 lbs of BBQ Awesomeness along with Garrison craft brews
Heartwood Restaurant $10 Backdoor Takeout Heartwood Bowls and $5 Harvest Veggie Stew
Humble Pie Turkey Dinner pies + Propeller Brewing sampling Pumpkin Ale (from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
Obladee: A Wine Bar Live Celtic Music + Glass of Local Wine + Paired Cheese for $10! (From 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory
20% off clothing and glassware
The Stubborn Goat Gastropub $5 Pit smoked, dry rub chicken wings
Sugah! $2 Hand Paddled Ice Cream

More information: ilovelocalHFX’s City Harvest

October 22: A Brush with Good Cheer


With a paint brush in one hand and a glass of ‘Good Cheer’ in the other, prepare to create your own fall-inspired masterpiece under the guidance of a local, South Shore Artist at White Point Beach Resort.

More Info: A Brush with Good Cheer

October 22: Atlantic Canada Beer Awards Gala

Flight Propeller

Join the region’s top brewers at the Atlantic Canadian Beer Awards Dinner & Gala on Sunday, October 22nd! Taking place at The Stubborn Goat Gastropub. This multi-course dinner will be perfectly paired with some of the region’s award-winning beers. If you haven’t already, be sure to also cast a vote for your favourite beer – we spotted Taste members Boxing Rock Brewing Co., Garrison Brewing Co., Paddy’s Brewpub, Propeller Brewing Company and Saltbox Brewing Company among the nominees!

More information: Atlantic Canada Beer Awards Gala


Save the Date!

Devour! The Food Film Fest (October 25-29) – This exciting festival celebrating the best of local food and film is right around the corner. Make sure to grab your tickets soon!

CRAVE // A Food + Drink Experience (November 4) – Indulge in an all-inclusive evening of eating, drinking and partying – sip on fine wines, beer and specialty drinks while enjoying a wide selection of Nova Scotia’s exceptional cuisine.

Saltscapes – Harvest Greets the Holidays Expo (November 10-12) – Sample tempting treats from Select Nova Scotia farms and be inspired by Taste of Nova Scotia family owned businesses and great local chefs!

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