Eat/Drink

Dinner Out: The Maritime Express Cider Co.

Dinner Out: The Maritime Express Cider Co.By Scott Campbell Well, we waited a while, with lots of hints of what was to come and who the new chef was going to be. Then the chef arrived and we knew it was just a matter of time before the newly-renovated kitchen was ready to go into full operation. We waited impatiently, and then it happened. The new menu became a reality. We beelined it to the Maritime Express Cider Co. to try some of the new offerings from Chef Stephane Levac. Chef Levac was already well-known in the area after a…
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AVRL News: Food For Fines Initiative

AVRL News: Food For Fines Initiative The Annapolis Valley Regional Library is once again offering a Food for Fines initiative during the month of February at all of its eleven locations, and the Bookmobile. Just give us an item for the food bank and we’ll forgive up to $3.00 in fines. The really good news is that there is no limit on the number of fines which can be forgiven! Do you owe $8.50? Three food bank items will take care of that. The most needed food items are:• Soup and stew• Canned meat and fish• Canned vegetables and fruit•…
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A Year of Better School Food

A Year of Better School FoodBy Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com 2019 was truly a Year of Better School Food in the Annapolis Valley! Through incredible grassroots efforts by administrators, cafeteria and health workers, and dedicated parents, at least ten Valley schools added salad bars and are working on healthier options on their menus. Central Kings Rural High School made room for a giant new salad bar and replaced many of their highly processed menu items with real home cooking, perhaps the first high school in Nova Scotia to do so. Berwick and District School…
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Dinner Out: The Bite House

Dinner Out: The Bite HouseBy Scott Campbell Tucked away in a remote part of Cape Breton near the town of Baddeck is a small, unassuming 12-seat restaurant called The Bite House. Please don’t let the unpretentious name or its location deceive you into thinking there is anything even remotely ordinary about this place. One Trip Advisor review claimed this was the hardest reservation to get in North America. We booked our reservation on January 4, 2019, four minutes after reservations opened, and were able to get a table for four on a Saturday on November 9, 2019. Confirming their popularity…
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Retail Boom in Kentville

Retail Boom in KentvilleBy Genevieve Allen Hearn Our Best of the Bunch survey results reflected a trend in the town of Kentville that we’ve been closely following here at The Grapevine. Many of the winners (and runners-up) are Kentville-based businesses, which was not the case a number of years ago. There is a difference in the town, and people are noticing. A promotional video of the town produced by Canopy Creative and commissioned by the Kentville Business Community even got the attention of CTV News, who recently aired a story on the revitalization of retail businesses in Kentville. I grew…
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FarmWorks – Growing Healthy Businesses and Communities from Field to Fork to Future

FarmWorks – Growing Healthy Businesses and Communities from Field to Fork to FutureBy Linda Best Please join us at 3pm on Sunday, January 26th at Chrismaria Family Restaurant, 8934 Commercial Street, New Minas. When we eat better, we live better. When we support businesses that help us to eat better, we all do better. Eating food grown here, rather than made from ingredients highly processed to withstand the rigours of a worldwide supply chain, is better for all of us. We can choose, and eat, and cook our way to better health and a more equitable, sustainable food system. We…
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Dinner Out: Founder’s House Brunch

Dinner Out: Founder’s House BrunchBy Scott Campbell For those of you who haven’t made you way to Annapolis Royal to try the Founder’s House restaurant – located on the beautiful grounds of the Fort View Golf Course – you really should go. Recently, four of us drove to Annapolis Royal and had brunch at The Founder’s House. We began our brunch with a round of cocktails. If you are a fan of the Caesar then you really need to try one of these. Founder’s House make their own Caesar mix in-house to create this unique and delicious cocktail. If you…
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Marie’s Report: Newcomers Food and Fun Interest Group

Marie’s Report: Newcomers Food and Fun Interest Group How is this group different from the Newcomers gourmet and potluck groups? Food and Fun is designed for the person who wants to escape cooking. The fun activity may range through joining others to watch a movie at a cinema, hiking to a hidden waterfall, skiing in winter, playing a game of ultimate frisbee, visiting local museums, or carpooling to Halifax to visit Pier 21. Food and Fun has happened since the early years of Newcomers, and about twenty people intend to participate this year. Turnout for an activity varies from five…
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In With the New

In With the New When you are planning for holiday gift buying or entertaining, why not try one of these new businesses in the Valley? Studio Philippe Goldsmith, 468 Main Street, WolfvilleObscured by scaffolding for a few months, Studio Philippe Goldsmith is now out in the open, and ready for customers! The shop offers a collection of fine designer jewellery items, made on site. Their gemstones are ethically sourced, and their metalsmithing and diamonds are from recycled or reclaimed sources.facebook.com/studiophilippegoldsmith Two Hearts General Store, 416 Main Street, WolfvilleOne of the newest members of the Wolfville business community is Two Hearts…
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Craft Fair and Art Sale Listings

Craft Fair and Art Sale Listings Crafters, artists, and artisans all over the Valley are out in full force to help you get ready for the holidays. Here are more of the many upcoming events where you can find endless gift ideas, enjoy tasty treats, and support local entrepreneurs and community organizations in the process: 6th Annual Artisan Christmas Market–HarbourvilleEnjoy a relaxed atmosphere to Christmas shop original items created by local artisans. Hot lunch and refreshments available. Saturday November 16, 10am – 4pm & Sunday November 17, 10am – 4pmNorth Mountain United Tapestry3201 Long Point RoadHarbourville, Nova Scotiaunitedtapestry@gmail.com — Somerset…
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