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Crafting the Perfect Pairing for Cider Making in Nova Scotia

Crafting the Perfect Pairing for Cider Making in Nova Scotia Julie Glaser, Ross Farm Museum, Hwy #12, New Ross Ross Farm Museum and Muwin Estate Wines are launching ‘Cider Days’, a weekend of activities on October 22 and 23, that focus on the centuries-old craft of cider making, but with a twist – they want the public to participate in the creation of a new product, ‘The People’s Cider’. Muwin, who produces the award-winning Bulwark brand ciders, in partnership with Ross Farm Museum, want more Nova Scotians to be aware of the myriad heritage varieties of apples still growing unattended…
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Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving By Laura Churchill Duke

Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving Laura Churchill Duke This year, why don’t you consider Sharing Thanksgiving with a newcomer family? Our family has participated in this program for the past two years and can’t wait to do it again this year! Engage Nova Scotia has put together this wonderful program where your family is paired with a newcomer who joins you for your Thanksgiving dinner. Simply go to the website and indicate when you are having your meal (Sunday or Monday) and then indicate who else will be at your table. The organization will match you and connect…
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Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! By Scott Campbell

Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! Scott Campbell   Next to Christmas… and maybe Thanksgiving… my favourite holiday is The Devour Food Film Festival. This November the sights and smells of amazing movies and delicious dinners will fill the streets of Wolfville as The Devour Food and Film Festival hits the town.    Last Friday night I had the pleasure of participating in one of the first Devour Food Film Festival events of the season – a taste of things to come so to speak. A small group of Film Foodies gathered at Restaurant Le Caveau for…
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Charcuterie & Wine By Craig Campbell

Charcuterie & Wine Craig Campbell   Charcuterie & cheese are very popular items to have with wine, especially so during the heat of summer or early fall when one doesn’t necessarily want to cook over a stove or oven in near thirty degrees. Charcuterie also serves as a great sharing plate with friends over a social gathering or as a shared appetizer in a restaurant. It’s loosely defined as cured meat. It encompasses bacon, ham, salami, rillettes, paté, or sausage among other things. There’s a wide world of charcuterie out there. Whether it’s imported Prosciutto di Parma from Italy, or…
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Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin

Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin By Scott Campbell When my editor told me that the upcoming issue of the Grapevine was going to celebrate the literati among us by featuring great summer reads I was pretty excited. I knew exactly what I was going to do. One of the best summer reads available is Christy Ann Conlin’s, The Memento. This follow-up to her bestselling novel, Heave, was described by Caroline Adderson as “a grab bag of Gothic delights.” So I had an idea. What if I contacted Christy Ann and asked her to join me for dinner at a…
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Dinner Out: Barrelling Tide Distillery

By Scott Campbell In the heart of Port Williams – tucked in behind the Port Pub – on a little side road – on your way to Starr’s Point, is the Barrelling Tide Distillery. Don’t let the unassuming location sway you though. This brand new distillery is producing some of the boldest flavours around. I was able to have a tour last week and found myself thrilled by the caliber of the professionalism and elegance evident in this small distilling operation. Owners, Russell and Colleen Murphy have gone above and beyond with this project and have created one of the…
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Young Farmers Weigh In On The Future of Farming in Nova Scotia

Provided by the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Blog, farmersmarketsnovascotia.com/blog Last month, the Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) interviewed a selection of current and new farmers about the future of farming in Nova Scotia. One of the recurring topics that arose from these interviews was the role Farmers’ Markets play in fostering young farmers. According to Jocelyn Durston, co-owner of Seven Acres Farm, “Farmers’ markets offer a low-cost, low-pressure venue to build relationships with customers and explore market potential,” says Durston. Durston and her partner Chris Kasza moved to Nova Scotia from British Columbia, in search of farmland. Now…
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Nova Scotia Icewine Festival

Top 10 Tips for an Icewine Lover by Sophia Luckett, sophiawinelover.com Not many people know this, but the benefits from drinking Icewine include glossy hair, increased endorphins, a good sense of humour, endurance, being 24% bullet proof, rhythm, power of persuasion, and an uncanny knack for foreign languages. Or, at least, I always have a sneaky suspicion this is the case when I’m drinking it. Note the one word and capital letter of Icewine.  This signifies it is a Canadian product and made to the very strict standards of the VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance).  Labelled in other countries, such as…
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Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili

By Darrin Harvey Sue is a superb cook. She put herself through Acadia as a caterer. This is one thing I can ‘cook’ (for lack of a better term) that we both really like. We mix it all up before work and come home to supper ready and the house smelling amazing.  It’s a fantastic, we’re-both-too-busy-to-cook fall meal. It makes leftovers for days. Ingredients 1 lb pork tenderloin 16oz jar of salsa 3 – 15oz cans of black beans I cup instant brown rice 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 tsp ground cumin 2-3 tsp chili powder 1-1&1/2 tsp dried oregano…
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Annapolis Valley Apple Loaf

Lindsay Reid, Rolled Oat Cafe | www.therolledoat.com   It’s that apple time of year. We’ve been watching them grow all summer…we celebrated their blossoms, and now we can finally get a taste. When it comes to baking, I prefer a Cortland for its crisp firm texture and tart flavour. This apple loaf recipe is quick and simple, but tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen. I make a few at a time, and pop them in the freezer so that I always have a delicious dessert on hand that can be ready in a few minutes. Ingredients 1…
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