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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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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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