World Class Culinary Adventures in Nova Scotia
There is an amazing farm to table food movement in Nova Scotia; eating locally sourced food that is beautifully prepared is very important to natives, and some would say it has even become a “foodie playground”. Nova Scotia is home to many excellent restaurants and it has become a destination for the culinary savvy.
In downtown Halifax, you’ll find many unique restaurants. Brooklyn Warehouse, and Ace Burger Company, are staples in the food scene, along with a handful of other North End establishments such as the vegan kitchen EnVie, and upscale café Lion & Bright.
Edna (named for Edna St. Vincent Milay) in Halifax, sports interesting creations such as pepper crusted swordfish and crispy zucchini flowers. They don’t take reservations so plan accordingly for this popular destination!
Two Doors Down serves lobster and sweet pea bruschetta and Three Little Piggy Flatbread, a confit of smoked bacon, chorizo barbecue sauce, and black bean puree!
Chives Canadian Bistro is worthy of a visit, and like most restaurants, prepares local fare in a cozy and unpretentious atmosphere.
Le Caveau Restaurant at Domaine De Grand Pre Vinyards is a particularly lovely venue with delicious French food and wine with music under the lights on Thursday evenings in July and August on the patio, weather permitting!
At Fleur De Sel, in Lunenberg, you will be treated to an array of tastes, aromas and beautifully presented dishes. With a focus on fresh, local seafood, award winning chef and proprietor, Martin Ruiz Salvador combines his love of classical French cuisine with carefully sourced ingredients to create unforgettable menus inspired by the sea.
Nova Scotia has a long and rich tradition for growing grapes for wine dating back to the 1600s, when this was one of the first areas to cultivate grapes in North America.
The climate and soil conditions in Nova Scotia favor unique and distinctive grape varietals – so try L’Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Lucie Kuhlmann and Baco Noir for the first time. Discover off-the-beaten-track country lanes that meander through hidden, beautiful valleys. Find a patio perched on the edge of a vineyard and enjoy a salad of fresh garden greens, local goat cheese or some of Nova Scotia’s famous smoked salmon. Try seafood chowder filled with the bounty of our sea and wash it all down with a glass of Nova Scotia wine.
In Nova Scotia, people care about their food. They want to know where it’s from, how it was caught, and any other relevant background information. This not only originates from environmental and health concerns, but has a lot to do with supporting the local economy. For many restaurants, it is hands on from the roots to the stovetop. “Hyper-local” is the buzz- word here.
The transition from big brand restaurants to small and sustainable startups actually owes a lot to the explosion of microbrewing in the city.
Over 15 craft breweries have sprouted up in Nova Scotia, and are part of the famous Good Cheer Trail.
Foodies will revel in the bounty of culinary experiences the Annapolis Valley has to offer. As Canada’s up-and-coming wine destination, you can tour the 9 established wineries/vineyards and sample unique varietals like Marechal Foch and L’Acadie Blanc. An exploration of Annapolis Valley farmers’ markets is a must, and at the many u-picks in the region, you’ll discover first hand the inspiration for much of the region’s delicious local cuisine.