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Featurepreneur: The Resurrection of a Gathering Place

Featurepreneur: The Resurrection of a Gathering Place By Genevieve Allen Hearn A restaurant. A brewery. An event space. The Church Brewing Company, located in the former St. Andrew’s United Church in Wolfville, has a lot on their plate. Since opening their doors in January, the space has been packed with locals and visitors alike, checking out what this new hot spot has to offer: spectacular live music events, a curated craft beer/cider line-up on tap, and mouth-watering dishes executed by former Gio chef, Vince Scigliano. The Grapevine asked the owners a few questions about opening this ambitious business: The Grapevine…
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Barrelling Tide Distillery Brings Home the Gold!

Barrelling Tide Distillery Brings Home the Gold! Barrelling Tide Distillery, located in Port Williams, Nova Scotia, has again won ten medals in the Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, Canada’s only national spirit competition reserved exclusively for micro-distilleries. Sixty-nine distilleries from across the country participated in this year’s awards, held in Vancouver, BC. Each spirit goes through a blind tasting panel that is made up of judges from across the country. Medals won include Gold with Distinction and Best in Class for the distillery’s 5 Fathom Dark Rum and Gold with Distinction for their Tide Gin, Raspberry Liqueur, and Cherry Liqueur. “We…
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Honouring Celtic Tradition with Local Materials

Honouring Celtic Tradition with Local Materials By Anna Horsnell Judith Smith’s Celtic Goddess Jewellery is an expression of joy. A joyful passion she first discovered 23 years ago when she began studying Celtic spirituality. Judith was born in Windsor where her family has lived for seven generations. Thirty years ago she moved to Wolfville and worked as an assistant loans officer until a sudden environmental illness forced her into early retirement. It was a time to rethink her life, and her doctor recommended a book that might help. That book was Anam Cara, a classic of Celtic wisdom by the…
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Schoolhouse Brewery: Story of the Brew

Schoolhouse Brewery: Story of the Brew In celebration of our Local Libations issue, we asked Schoolhouse’s Cameron Hartley to walk us through the creation of one of the Windsor brewery’s signature creations: Name of the Beer: Chequers Porter, first brewed in 2005. The Grapevine (GV): What’s the story behind the beer? How did the flavour concept come together? Cameron Hartley (CH):I was aiming to brew a delicious dark beer that did not feel too “heavy”. GV: Who named it and why? Do you use any special ingredients? CH: I named this beer as a tribute to my great-great-grandfather’s pub in…
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Thai Memory in Aylesford

Thai Memory in Aylesford By Scott Campbell This restaurant is very well-named because I guarantee, once you’ve been to Thai Memory, you will never forget it. What a fantastic restaurant. The décor is rich and colourful and aptly reflects the food that is served there. Owners Pat and Tun are as warm and welcoming as their restaurant, and Pat is also a talented photographer. Simply ask and he’ll happily capture a moment of your dining experience on his camera and email you the photo. As great as that is, let me tell you about the food. We ordered several dishes…
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Recipe: Better Donairs

Recipe: Better Donairs By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com Fellow Nova Scotians and donair lovers around the globe, I give you a donair for the days ahead! For nigh is the time when we turn our attention to the impact our food choices make on health, both ours and the planet’s. But we will not suffer as we smarten up, no, we will find ways to turn our appetite for too much sugar, refined starch, meat, and highly-processed “food” into a desire for deliciousness made by humans, maybe even someone we know. Someone like ourselves….
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Hill’s Grills Book Launch

Hill’s Grills Book Launch Hillary Webb had always dreamed of opening her own cafe: one with original recipes and whose business supported local vendors, all the while creating a sense of community between her team and the customers they served. After years of planning, the end result was a smashing success and the award-winning Hill’s Grills Panini Press & Tea House went on to become a staple in the community of Kentville. After closing the shop to pursue other dreams, Hillary decided to mark another one off of the bucket list: a cookbook to share her love of cooking and…
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Who’s Who: Jimi Doidge

Who’s Who: Jimi Doidge By Mike Butler All Aboard the Maritime Express! There’s a marvelous new business in Kentville, in case you haven’t heard, called Maritime Express Cider Company. Nestled in the newly-renovated space of the historic Cornwallis Inn, where a few new businesses have found their niche (among them Sailor Bup’s Barbershop and Phantom Effects Special Effects make-up technicians), Maritime Express has quickly become the go-to place for social engagements and fun with friends in Kentville. Not only is the atmosphere delightful, but the product is top notch as well. And who is one of the people behind it?…
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A New Chapter for Sea Level Brewing

A New Chapter for Sea Level Brewing By Emily Leeson Since 2007, Sea Level Brewing Company has been brewing beer in Port Williams. As the first microbrewery in the Annapolis Valley, the brewery and its owner and Brewmaster Randy Lawrence helped to establish this region as a hub for passionate microbreweries dedicated to handcrafted products. Sea Level is now about to embark on a new adventure. The Harvies (Carolyn, Matt, Nicole and Lucas) are the new owners of Sea Level Brewing. Hailing from Sheffield Mills, the Harvies will be building a new home for Sea Level Brewery, and their sister…
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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery By Mike Butler Comedic genius playwright Ken Ludwig has been leaving his mark on community theatre here in the Valley, for years! His productions Leading Ladies, The Game’s Afoot and The Fox on the Fairway were recently performed to high praise and belly-laughing sold-out audiences through CentreStage in Kentville, who just happen to be finishing their 2019 season with Ludwig’s ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas this winter. Quick As A Wink Theatre Society in Windsor also produced Leading Ladies a few years ago and it was met with much praise. Now, QAAW is getting ready…
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