Eat/Drink

Dinner Out: Opening Gala of Devour! 2021

Scott Campbell Devour! is back! The largest Food Film Festival in the world opened in Wolfville with an array of dignitaries, celebrity chefs, and all the pomp and fanfare you’d expect from this world-class culinary and cinematic event. The opening was held at the new Devour! studios in Wolfville. The evolution of this amazing facility is a story in itself and provides a brilliant space to showcase the world’s food film elite, but let’s talk about the food. Some of the most well-known restaurants, breweries, and wineries in the province were on hand to dazzle guests with a delicious assortment…
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Zero-Proof: Beyond Cranberry Cocktail

Avery Peters I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about zero-proof cocktails—virgin cocktails, cocktails, zero ABV, non-alcoholic, or whatever you want to call them. There are many ways to name them, but none of these names is particularly satisfying, because they describe what they’re not rather than what they are. I feel that drinks without alcohol can easily stand on their own when given the proper time and attention. There are so many ways to create complexity and depth without using alcohol. There can even be a moderate amount of fermentation to achieve this complexity, as even kombucha…
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Featurepreneur: Exploding onto the Scene with Molotov Cuisine

Genevieve Allen Hearn *Molotov Cuisine is owned and run by Fiona Genevieve Lewis. Lewis describes herself as passionate about cooking with local ingredients and fascinated with fermentation. Her business caters, runs workshops, sells prepared food at markets, and organizes pop-up dining experiences. She is also involved in a meal box program called PieceMeal. *The Grapevine* asked this multi-faceted entrepreneur a few questions about her new business in the Annapolis Valley.* The Grapevine (GV): Tell us about your company. What compelled you to start your own business?Fiona Genevieve Lewis (FGL): Molotov Cuisine is based on a passion for cooking with local…
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Dinner Out: Gerrish and Gray

Scott Campbell I just love it when I walk into an eating establishment that is thoroughly steeped in local history and tradition yet manages to offer up one of the most innovative and exciting dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. Gerrish and Gray manages to do just that. Gerrish and Gray—located, you guessed it, at the corner of Gerrish and Gray in Windsor—opened their doors on September 19. They offer a great lunch menu but I chose to take advantage of the “late lunch” which is available from 4:00 to 8:00pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A…
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Featurepreneur: An Entrepreneurial Buffet

Genevieve Allen Hearn One would think that the tail-end of a global pandemic is a precarious time to open a new restaurant, but then again, not everyone has a record of success like Chef Jason Lynch. Head chef at Le Caveau in Grand-Pré, owner of The Black Spruce restaurant in Gros Morne National Park, creator of a line of preserves, writer of the cookbook Straight From the Line, and producer of a podcast series, Jason Lynch is the entrepreneur equivalent of a turducken. His newest project is Cumin Kitchen and Drink, an “urban café and eatery” located in the Valley…
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An ‘Unpredictable Dining’ Experience

Mike Butler After a very unpredictable 2020, I have decided to take life by the reigns and make sure that 2021 is as enjoyable as I can make it. We have many limitations and restrictions in place right now keeping us safe and I am so proud of how we’ve managed through this unpredictable time. Follow the rules and find your fun everyone! Recently, for the first time, my husband and I took part in an Unpredictable Dining Experience, and it was, as I predicted, one of the most enjoyable evenings we’ve had together. If you’ve lived in the Valley…
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Marie’s Occasional Report: Fring Frang and Other Humble Dishes to Satisfy

If you’ve noticed full tummies make happier children, and food is getting more expensive, check out these simple ideas. The meals are suitable for adults or children. Fring frang, a traditional meal from Southwestern Nova Scotia, is suggested by my friend, Susan: You grate some potatoes, squeeze out the liquid and starch, and form pancake shapes. Grease a heated pan with butter, and fry the fring frang on both sides until the they become crispy and light brown, and the potatoes are cooked as much as you like. Serve as they are, or with your favourite sauce. Ketchup or applesauce…
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Where It’s At: What to Try 2021

Jeremy Novak Celebrating local bounty has never meant more than it does now. A lot has changed since last year’s Local Libations issue of The Grapevine! In fact, I reckon you’ve discovered a few new-to-you backyard taste sensations since crossing borders became a big deal. To help with my third What To Try article, I once again loaded up the Where It’s At Tours van with a team of designated drinkers and headed on down the Valley. Still Fired Distillery9548 Highway 8, LequilleOur adventure commenced with the charismatic Caleb at Still Fired Distillery. We were over the moon with his…
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Featurepreneur: Berwick’s Smokehouse Nano Brewery is a Family Affair

Genevieve Allen Hearn Mike and Shelly Peters have turned their passion for brewing into a brewery specializing in small batches of quality craft beer. As a self-funded, semi-retirement project, and with the help of their children Andy and Aleesha, they recently opened a taproom in the heart of Berwick. Smokehouse Nano Brewery currently offers twelve varieties of beer, ranging from lager to porter and everything in between. They also offer limited-release varieties that customers need to scoop up quickly before they disappear! The Grapevine (GV): First off – what is a “nano brewery” and how is this different from a…
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Mike Uncorked: Ben Brown’s Paralympic Dinner and Auction!

Mike Uncorked: Ben Brown’s Paralympic Dinner and Auction!By Mike Butler Do you live in the Valley? Okay, the province? Well, there’s no doubt you’ve heard of parathlete extraordinaire Ben Brown! On March 7, Ben has a special fundraiser he’s planned and he needs your support! I am highly recommending you mark your calendars everyone! Ben is a wheelchair racer chasing a goal to be one of the best racers in the world, and Ben is over the moon to be representing Canada at the 2021 Paralympic Summer Games in Tokyo, Japan (depending on the global situation. Keep all fingers crossed…
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