The Order of Good Cheer

The Order of Good Cheer was established by Samuel de Champlain in Port Royal, Nova Scotia (then known as Acadia) in 1606). It was the first gastronomic society in North America.

The Order of Good CheerEach day, a settler would gather local game, fish, fruits and plants with the help of the Mi’Kmaq First Nation people to produce that nights supper. There was music and great celebration as the tiny settlement enjoyed each others company and a pleasant meal.

Slow Food Nova Scotia exists to honour this tradition of experiencing the taste of local food in a social and convivial atmosphere through excursions to farms, special dinners, tastings and public projects.