Eating Local in Nova Scotia
If there’s one thing each and every visitor to Nova Scotia enjoys, it’s the food. No matter where you go in the province – whether you’re a seafood lover or landlubber – you’ll find the makings of a delicious meal. From Atlantic lobster and Digby scallops, to Oxford blueberries and Annapolis Valley fiddleheads and strawberries from around the province, if you’re a locavore – someone who enjoys locally sourced food – you’ll love what Nova Scotia has to offer.
Farm Fresh Produce from the Annapolis Valley
The Annapolis Valley has long been known as the breadbasket of Nova Scotia. Nestled between the north and south mountains, the valley is home to many farms, u-picks, farmers' markets and award winning wineries & vineyards that are popular destinations for anyone seeking fresh produce and local wines. In addition to the wide range of fruits and vegetables grown here, the Annapolis Valley is possibly most famously known for its apples – a fact that is celebrated each spring in the four-day Apple Blossom Festival.
Local Seafood in Nova Scotia
Of course, many people visit Nova Scotia for its world-renowned seafood. Depending on the season, you can watch fishing boats head out in the early morning and return later in the day to unload catches of lobster, crab, scallops and many other types of seafood. The wharves are not only the perfect place to seek out the freshest seafood but to also catch a glimpse of the work that goes into bringing that seafood to market.
Nova Scotia Farmers and Farmers' Markets
For those who can’t make it to the farm or wharf, farmers' markets can be found in just about every town and city across Nova Scotia. Did you know that North America’s oldest farmers' market is located in Halifax? While the farmers' market in Halifax has been operating for over 260 years, its new Halifax Seaport Farmers' Market location is also one the most modern, hosting farmers and vendors inside an environmentally friendly and sustainable building. The market and its more than 200 vendors is a locavore’s dream, featuring delicious products such as Nova Scotia wines and local fruit and vegetables from every corner of the province!
Locavore Restaurants and Nova Scotia Inspired Home Cooking
Enjoying this natural bounty is as simple as visiting one of the many restaurants that pride themselves on using local ingredients. At each of the Taste of Nova Scotia member restaurants you’ll find delicious foods prepared with the best of the sea and the land.
If you’re looking to prepare an authentic Nova Scotia inspired meal, there are a wide-range of Nova Scotia recipes that will help you make the most of the delicious bounty found here. Whether you’re looking for something simple or fancy, you’re bound to find something to love!