Eat/Drink

Ginger Cookies

Robin Pacific I take a bite, frown. My friend Joss has made ginger cookies, and complains that there were about twenty steps, and six separate spices. A sophisticated recipe for ginger cookies is surely an oxymoron. They taste too complicated to be good. I get out my old friend Nancy’s cookbook, a scribbler in which she wrote out by hand all her favourite recipes—cakes, cookies and “squares”. She gave it to me for Christmas in 1968. ¾ c. short.1 c. white sugar (There are no instructions; Nancy assumed, rightly, that I knew the basics of making cookie dough). I had…
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2020 Devour! Events

Submitted The Food Film Fest reimagines its delicious festival with hybrid in-person and digital programming. Devour! The Food Film Fest is proving that hybrid is just as mouthwatering as the original with an in-person and digital festival combo. This year marks the tenth installment of the festival, coined Devour! 9.5 to reflect travel restrictions and smaller in-person gatherings. Organizers promise to deliver all of the festival’s baked-in goodness during the five-day event, October 21-25. “We’re reimagining and presenting the best possible version of Devour! in a new, exciting and safe way,” says Michael Howell, executive director of Devour! “Our goal…
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One Market, Three Experiences at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market

Submitted The Wolfville Farmers’ Market Cooperative (WFM) is adapting to COVID-19 and the accompanying requirement for social distancing by offering three unique ways to access local products from its farmers, chefs, and artisans. On Saturdays, starting October 24, from 9am-1pm, the Market will move indoors, offering a safe socially distanced market featuring 35 vendors selling directly to customers. The safety plan includes unidirectional walkways, plexiglass barriers, hand sanitizers, mask wearing, limits on occupancy, and open doors for improved ventilation. Outdoor seating and local music will be provided while weather allows. Starting on Wednesday, October 21, the Market will trial a…
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Mike Uncorked: Harvest for Health

The Valley Regional Hospital Foundation has a tasty new fundraiserMike Butler Hillary Webb says “Jump” and I say “How High?”! For years, any project that Hillary has been involved in has been a huge success and I am always so honoured when she asks me to come aboard for her next adventure. Hillary, of ‘Hill’s Grills’ fame, is the new fund development coordinator for events and community giving with the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation; she is responsible for coordinating and creating events that support whichever fundraising efforts are being conducted at that point in time, and to build on pre-existing…
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Dining Out During Covid-19

By Scott Campbell Dining out while we’re in the midst of a global pandemic is a very different experience. Those of us who really enjoyed a night out with a great meal were left to fend for ourselves in our own kitchens. We were isolated not only from our friends and favourite activities but also from a sense of normalcy that had suddenly disappeared. Those first few months of flattening the curve were challenging to say the least. Then, as our concerted efforts continued, we began to see the results of our sacrifices and slowly, our society and our economy…
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Devour Announces 2020 Headliner Phil Rosenthal

Submitted Devour! The Food Film Fest announces Phil Rosenthal, creator and host of Netflix’s Somebody Feed Phil as 2020 headliner. The world is entering a new normal, the country is reopening, and Nova Scotia is about to feed Emmy winner Phil Rosenthal, who will be joining Devour! virtually this year. Due to the unprecedented times we are facing, Devour! is thrilled to confirm that this year’s re-engineered format will allow the festival to go on. It will be a hybrid in-person and virtual festival, to take place from October 21-25, 2020 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. This transformative food and film experience will…
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Dinner Out: Juniper Returns!

Scott Campbell Juniper is open again. After being closed for several weeks, as Covid-19 swept the globe, Juniper has re-opened. They had to remove a couple of tables inside to be able to accommodate social distancing, but they also have a new patio open which gave them back a few tables. On a nice day/evening, they can still accommodate as many guests as before. So, I took advantage of this opportunity to have a great meal out and was certainly not disappointed. The menu, as always, changes frequently and features a selection of tapas (small plate) items. These are great…
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Mike Uncorked: Restaurant Etiquette in the Time of Covid

By Mike Butler A few years ago I wrote an article about proper wedding etiquette and I listed some dos and don’ts to follow. The responses poured in and I still receive comments on that article. Well, we live in a very different world right now. Following weeks and then months of isolation, quarantine, being off work, and having a lot of businesses shut down, we have partially re-opened our little business world and it’s fantastic to be back. I work in the restaurant and cafe industry, and if I had a wish, it would be to make everyone on…
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The Corona Cookbook

The Corona CookbookJenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Hello Valley friends! It’s been so long. I hope this finds you all well and coping as best you can. Two short months ago I was tidying things up in the little kitchen at St. Mary’s Elementary School in preparation for a one-week March Break, and wow! Here we are. I’m lost in a swirl of uncertainty, with a few thoughts running through my head most days. Like how amazing it is to see innovators like WFM2Go, Taproot Farms, and Noggins flex their farmin’, food deliverin’ muscles. I think about how…
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Nova Scotia Beverage Producers Get Boost From Data Analytics Company

Nova Scotia Beverage Producers Get Boost From Data Analytics CompanySubmitted Wolfville, NS – When shopping at the NSLC, it’s hard to miss the recent growth in the number of local products available. Wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries have been popping up all over Nova Scotia and their products are increasingly easy to find.  Now these local businesses hope to get a helping hand from a new company that performs data analytics specifically for them.  The online company, growNSdrinks.ca, uses the NSLC’s sales data to produce simple, easy-to-understand graphs and charts that give beverage producers a clearer picture of their markets,…
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