Slow Food Northumberland Shore

Maxwell’s Heritage Apple Orchard

Posted: Monday, October 6th, 2014

Heritage Apples - Photo-credit-Stacey-Cramp

Photo courtesy of Stacey Cramp


Sign up now to visit David Maxwell’s Heritage Apple Orchard – an amazing collection of 51 different heritage apple varieties. Come experience David’s passion for these rare apples as he describes their uses and characteristics, while enjoying the colours, flavours and textures of the many varieties available for sampling. There will also be an emphasis on cider apples and cider making. John Brett of Tideview Cider will be there to share his perspective on cider. Lunch will be provided by Mathew Krizan, award winning owner and chef of Mateus Bistro in Mahone Bay, that will feature Indian Point scallops, (non-shellfish option available.) Event attendance is limited so sign up soon.

Sunday October 19th, 11:00 AM

$25 for Slow Food members
$40 for non-members
Lunch is included in the cost. Membership opportunities will be available at the event. Sign up for an instant discount.

Contact Peter Darnell
Phone: +1 (902) 521-1218

5480 Highway 332, Middle LaHave, Lunenburg Co. (east side of LaHave River, just north of the junction of Highway 332 and the Grimm Rd.

Malagash Oyster tasting and Beer! August 31

Posted: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Greetings SF members!
Our next event will be Sunday August 31st when we visit Ark of Taste Oyster producers Charles and Nancy Purdy of Bay Enterprises in Malagash for a farm tour and Malagash Oyster tasting, followed by a tour of the Tatamagouche Brewing Company with Christiane Jost (beer sampling included J).  Bring your coolers as both shellfish and beer will be available for purchase!
When:  Sunday August 31st, 2014 1-5pm
Where: Bay Enterprises – 2642 Malagash Road, Malagash, N.S. and The Tatamagouche Brewing Company – 235 Main Street, Tatamagouche, N.S.
Time:  1pm at Bay Enterprises; 3pm at Tatmagouche Brewing Co.
Cost:  $10 for Slow Food members; $20 for non-members (join Slow Food at the event for an immediate discount!)
RSVP: by August 29th, 2014
Hope to see you there!
Best wishes,
Scott Whitelaw
Leader – Slow Food Northumberland Shore
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Slow Food Spring Supper

Posted: Monday, April 14th, 2014

5th Annual Slow Food Nova Scotia Spring Supper Takes it on the Road


HALIFAX, NS – After four extremely successful years, Slow Food Nova Scotia returns with its 5th annual Spring Supper and is taking it on the road to the Slow Food by The Sea: 2014 Slow Food Canada Conference hosted by Slow Food Northumberland Shore. The excitement doesn’t stop there, as the spring supper is the official launch of the newly-formed East Coast Chefs Collaborative, a group of seven Nova Scotian chefs working together to put their mark on local and sustainable Nova Scotian cuisine.


“This year’s dinner will follow suit from the previous years dinners; with a fiercely local and seasonally driven menu, we hope it is the culinary event of the season,” says Chef David Smart, East Coast Chefs Collaborative. “We are thrilled to launch our new initiative in this setting and are excited to show Nova Scotia and delegates from across Canada what we are truly capable of here in Nova Scotia. We have collaborated on a six-course, locally-sourced Nova Scotian meal unlike anything you’d expect to see.”


All courses are paired with Nova Scotian wines. Local food producers, farmers, winemakers and foodies alike round out this incredible evening. The event is open to the public.


“This is a remarkable volunteer effort as all the chefs, servers and organizers donate a significant portion of their time, and work collectively towards spreading the Slow Food ethos of Good, Clean and Fair local food for all,” says Michael Howell, Convivium Leader, Slow Food Nova Scotia and National Executive, Slow Food Canada.


The dinner is presented by Taste of Nova Scotia and supported by the major sponsors of the 2014 Slow Food Canada Conference: the Municipality of the County of Colchester, the Wild Blueberry Association of North America, and the Municipality of the County of Cumberland.



When: Saturday, May 3, 2014

Where: Wentworth Recreation Centre, 13752 Highway 4, Wentworth, Nova Scotia

Time: Reception 6:30PM, Dinner 7:15PM

Tickets: $110 each for the general public ($100 for Slow Food members), available online only at Eventbrite.


The ticket price includes an opening oyster reception featuring select oysters from various producers in Northern Nova Scotia–Malagash oysters from Bay Enterprises Ltd. and Big Island oysters from ShanDaph, and a six-course locally-sourced dinner prepared by the East Coast Chefs Collaborative, paired with Nova Scotian wines.


About the East Coast Chefs Collaborative

The East Coast Chefs Collaborative is made up of Chef Mark Gray of Brooklyn Warehouse, Chef Dave Smart of Front and Central, Chef Andrew Farrell of 2 Doors Down, Chef Bryan Picard of The Bite House, Chef Frédéric Tandy of Ratinaud French Cuisine, and Chef Andrew Aitken and Chef Sarah Griebel of Wild Caraway Restaurant and Café.


About Slow Food Nova Scotia

Members of Slow Food in Nova Scotia are committed to linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their communities and the environment by supporting and visiting small-scale local producers, and through convivial dinners, tastings, and public projects and events. For more information, visit or


About Slow Food by The Sea: 2014 Slow Food Canada Conference

The Slow Food by The Sea: 2014 Slow Food Canada Conference will be held May 1-4 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, hosted by Slow Food Northumberland Shore. To register and/or buy tickets, visit There are a number of events open to the public throughout the conference. The Spring Supper is included in the full conference registration.


Media Contact: Lia Rinaldo, Spring Supper Coordinator, at 902.489.4796 or

Biodynamic Farm Visit Picnic and Discussion

Posted: Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Sunday, October 20th pack yourself a picnic lunch and come on out to Shinimicas Rogation Centre a very special biodynamic/organic farm near Amherst, N.S. where farmer/dowser Charles Hubbard will explain the history of his farm and share his unique vision of how the future of agriculture can change, literally, from the grassroots up. Come prepared to discuss!!


When: Sunday October 20th, 11a.m.-3p.m.

Where: 257 Smith Mill Road, Shinimicas, Cumberland county, N.S.

Directions from Amherst: take Rte 6 for 16 miles. Turn left at Lr. Shinimicas and Northport sign, travel 1 mile down the road to Smith Mill Road on the right (a gravel road). Go to the end and turn left.

Hours: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Activity: Farm Tour and Discussion about a new/old paradigm for the future of Agriculture.

Cost: please, make a donation at the farm

Max. 20 participants

RSVP: by emailing Scott – by October 16th, 2013

Bring your own lunch, etc.


Earth Day in the Sugar Wood

Posted: Monday, April 15th, 2013

Come on out to the Sugar Woods to celebrate Earth Day (a day early!) learning about and tasting Nova Scotia’s first wild-harvested food of the season – Maple Syrup!


When: Sunday April 21, 2013 12:00-4:30pm

Where: Sugar Moon Farm, 221 Alex MacDonald Road, Earltown, N.S.

Cost: $15 (taxes included) Slow Food Members; $30 (taxes included) Non-Members.

You can Join Slow Food at the event ($90/individual or $110/couple – cash or cheque only) and receive the Member discount!



Noon Meet in in front of the Sugar Camp/Pancake House Restaurant;

12:15 sharp! hike up to the sugar woods with co-owner and sugar maker Scott Whitelaw

(we will be following a rough trail – exposed roots/rocks, brooks, mud – So bring your rubber boots and walking/hiking stick if you use such);

12:35 Sugar Woods tour;

1:15 head back down the hill to the Sugar Camp;

1:30 Tour the Camp and learn about maple syrup production and sample the varying tastes of this season’s maple syrup;

3:00 Gather in the Pancake House for a traditional pancake supper featuring: Red Fife Buttermilk Pancakes; breakfast sausages; house made maple beans; biscuit with maple butter and organic Fair Trade coffee from JustUs.


RSVP: Space is limited! Email Scott at to reserve your spot!




Farmers and Their Community

Posted: Monday, February 11th, 2013



How do we Create a Mutually Supportive Relationship between Farmers and their Community?


Come spend an afternoon in dialogue with Biodynamic Farmer Gerlinde Pilgrimm of Green Dragon Organic Farm as we pursue the design of this relationship.


When:  Saturday 2-4pm March 9, 2013

Where:  Green Dragon Organic Farm and B&B, 3082 Balmoral Road, Tatamagouche, Colchester County, N.S.

Cost: By Donation

Beverage and Snack will be provided


Open to all members of Slow Food and The North Shore Transition Food Group.








Terra Madre Day at Sugar Moon Farm

Posted: Tuesday, November 20th, 2012


Terra Madre Day at Sugar Moon Farm

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 5:30p.m.

Where: Sugar Moon Farm, 221 Alex MacDonald Road, Colchester County, N.S.

What: Celebrate Terra Madre Day with a community pot-luck and learn about our Slow Food delegates’ experiences/impressions from the 2012 Terra Madre Gathering this past October

Who: All Slow Food members and their friends (I’ll have SF membership forms on hand!)

Cost: Not a thing (although we’d be happy to take donations towards sponsoring another Community Garden for Africa!)


Best wishes,


Scott Whitelaw

Leader – Slow Food Northumberland Shore


Cranberry Fields Forever

Posted: Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

What:Tour of Terra Beata Cranberry Farm

When: Friday, October 12. 10:00am

Where: 161 Monk Point Rd.,Heckman’s Island, Lunenburg‎ 


At Terra Beata Cranberry Farm, Heckman’s Island near Lunenburg, cranberries are grown in a natural peat bog. Harvesting begins after Thanksgiving and runs through October. The fruit is now a deep red colour and ready to be picked. The fields are flooded and we can watch the harvesting process. The owners of the property, Evelyn and David Ernst, will guide us through the farm.

In addition to the harvesting, we shall visit the processing plant and can make purchases of various cranberry products from the store.
There will be an opportunity to U-pick. The U-pick price is $1.50/lb or $6 for a 4lb pail. The variety is high-yielding so you can fill a 4lb pail in under 45 minutes without even moving.  Wear rugged shoes or boots – the fields may be muddy in places.