Eat/Drink

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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Local Wine Included in Prestigious Top Ten

Local Wine Included in Prestigious Top TenKim Cyr December 2019 brought a special accolade to the Nova Scotia viticulture industry, and specifically to Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards. Michaela Morris of Decanter magazine released a list of her top ten favourite wines tasted during the year. Her “Top Ten Wines of the Year from Italy and Beyond” includes primarily Italian wines, one each from Australia, Portugal, and France, and an extraordinary wine from Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in Wolfville, Nova Scotia: their Blanc de Blancs Brut, 2014, (single varietal, 100% Chardonnay, Traditional Method/Méthode Champenoise). The wine itself is notable for a few things,…
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Joy Abounds at International Community Potluck

Joy Abounds at International Community PotluckN. Neslihan Ivit On February 29, I was very excited for my second time joining the international community potluck. I arrived early at the Coldbrook Lion’s Hall to lend a hand with the setting of the tables, chairs, and cutlery. At 5:30pm, people started to arrive with the dishes they had prepared, each from their traditional cuisines. It is fascinating that families from different cultures come together, unite around international flavours on the table, and share them with joy and love. When I went near the table with the food, I could see all the…
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Featurepreneur: Fundy Hops

Featurepreneur: Hops and DreamsGenevieve Allen Hearn Kelli Anderson, owner of Fundy Hops, started growing hops in Waterville on family-owned farmland nearly five years ago. She sells her hops to local breweries and cideries, further helping the industry to make delicious beverages from as many locally produced ingredients as possible. We wanted to know more about hops and how this crop does in the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine (GV): What got you interested in growing hops?Kelli Anderson (KA): I got interested in growing hops when our daughter was 4 years old. I read a lot and noticed the craft beer trend…
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Dinner Out: Icewine Festival Collaboration Dinner

Nova Scotia Icewine Festival Collaboration Dinner, 2020Scott Campbell On February 22, Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery pulled out all the stops (again) and hosted an impressive Icewine Festival event in their spectacular barrel room dining room. The sold out event was attended by some very avid food and wine connoisseurs who were treated to a phenomenal display of fantastic Nova Scotia wines all expertly paired with delicious entrées created by three of our local and well-known winery chefs. We were all welcomed with live music in the lobby of the grand Lightfoot & Wolfville Winery and offered fresh oysters and a…
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Jeremy’s What To Try

Jeremy’s What to Try: Season 2Jeremy Novak, Where It’s At Tours In order to truly understand Where It’s At for this article, a few road trips were necessary. With a dedicated squad of designated drinkers, I was able to safely navigate the Where It’s At minivan all over this delicious Valley. Still Fired Distilleries9543 Highway 8, Lequille/Annapolis Royalstillfireddistilleries.com Lequille is a good hour down the Valley from Wolfville. The weather was perfect and so was the timing to stretch the legs. I remembered the Still Fired Root Beer Moonshine from Devour and yes, it’s just as good now as it was then….
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