Slow Food Nova Scotia Mainland

SFNS Terra Madre Day Party at Lion and Bright December 10th

Posted: Thursday, November 27th, 2014


Terra Madre Day at Lion & Bright – December 10

Slow Food NS is having a casual, family style dinner at Lion and Bright on Wednesday, Dec 10th at 6 pm to celebrate Slow Food’s Terra Madre Day.

Chefs Craig Flinn, Michael Howell & Peter Jackson will join Sean Gallagher and the Lion & Bright team to create a four course meal featuring foods from the Slow Food Canada Ark of Taste.

We will also premiere the new short film “Slow Food in Canada” made by Slow Food Edmonton filmmaker Kevin Kossowan.


Local oysters from Big Island, Sober Island and Malagash served on the shell

Solomon Gundy and Lunenburg pudding

East Coast chowder with smoked local char and Fundy dulse

Red Fife bread

Nova Scotia style Choucroute

featuring Tamworth pork & Tancook sauerkraut

Gravenstein cpple crisp with NS maple syrup & apple brandy

Cost: Slow Food members & guests $44.95 not including tax and gratuity

Contact: Lion & Bright 902-496-0022 for reservations and payment.

Seating is limited so book early

There will also be an optional pairing of NS wines and local craft beer available


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.

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!




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.

AGM 2012 Remembered

Posted: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

SFNS Mainland AGM 2012


A terrific day was enjoyed by over 60 current and potential members of Slow Food Nova Scotia Mainland on June 24, 2012.

Organized by Jack Schoon, Peter Darnell, Chef Terry Vassallo of Trattoria della Nonna and a team of dedicated local volunteers – fun bartender award goes to Kent Robinson – we learned, ate, smelled, tasted, and touched on a variety of topics and foods.

The gathering was held at the Indian Point Community Hall, site of previous Indian Point Mussel Festivals.

We thank  new members Steve Zubalik and Deborah D’Entremont of Laughing Whale Coffee Roasters for gifting coffee and tea for the day.



The AGM portion of the meeting kicked things off. Approval of the minutes of the 2011 AGM and a leader’s report from Michael Howell were the first orders of the day.

Michael touched upon various SFNS Activities including but not limited to:

Slow Motion 2011

-Our Taste education activities including: Pig in a Day, to repeat later this year

-Inclusion in the consultative stage of the NS Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategy

-The Edible Schoolyard, DAHES and school garden growth in Nova Scotia

-The Slow Food Canada National meeting in Edmonton

-Vandana Shiva’s visit, our Board Strategic Retreat Day

-The fantastic success of the SFNS Spring Supper

-Terra Madre 2012, including announcing delegates Lia Rinaldo, Renee Lavallee, Chris Velden and Patricia Bishop, and Congress delegate Scott Whitelaw


We elected a new Board:

Returning members Michael Howell, Sheila Stevenson, Chris Velden, Peter Jackson, Peter Darnell, Lia Rinaldo, Scott Whitelaw, Jack Schoon, Leo Christakos, new members Margo Riebe Butt, Meredith Bell, Bruce Wright and new Treasurer Mike O’Keefe

We thanked retiring Directors: Dela Erith – founding director and treasurer, Anna Magera, Rob Smith and Mary Sue Waisman

Jeanita Rand (Fox Hill Cheese) gave a report and update on Mary Sue Waisman and the assembled group concurred to wish Mary Sue well in her recovery.


Our Accountant Teresa Rooney gave our financial report indicating that we were in good fiscal health. There was some open discussion on the Slow Motion FoodFilm Festival and how to evolve it and mitigate the risk that Slow Food NS takes on as the organizer of the event. The board will discuss at upcoming meetings the potential ramifications of Slow Motion becoming a separate entity that would work in partnership with Slow Food NS.

 Crowd Watching Halibut PreparationWe then took a break and enjoyed the sight of Chef Chris Velden demonstrating how to break down a large fish – in this case a 96 lb halibut which returned later at lunch.


The group then returned to participate in a facilitated session.


Thanks to long time member Joanne Linzey for this and Sheila Stevenson for assistance, where breakout sessions were held to focus the thoughts of members in determining a future for SFNS. Those ideas were synthesized by Joanne and Sheila and annotated. We will provide a summary of that activity at a later date.











Then we enjoyed a luncheon prepared (in the rain under the trees adjacent to the Hall) by Chef Terry Vassallo, Matthew Krizan of Mateus Bistro Mahone Bay, Chris Velden of Flying Apron Cookery Tantallon, Paolo Colbertado of Jane’s On The Common Halifax, Dennis Johnston of Fid Resto Halifax and helpers. Smoked scallops, oysters, the halibut returning grilled with pesto and a variety of delicious salads and sides provided by locals. Wines from various Nova Scotia Wineries including Petit Riviere Vineyards and Lunenburg County Winery were also available.



As we enjoyed the lunch, Michael welcomed Community Supported Fishery chief Dave Adler who told us about Off the Hook and the CSF experience. It was an entertaining and informative talk and demonstration about how we can better our procurement of fish with respect to the earth and the fisheries.


All in all a great Day


Yours Slowly

Michael Howell


AGM 2012

Posted: Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Slow Food NS Annual General Meeting


 What: AGM of Slow FoodNS

When: June 24, 10:30am to 3pm

Where: Indian Point Fire Hall, 59 Indian Point Rd., Indian Point


On June 24 you are invited to the AGM of Slow FoodNS.


Spend a lovely summer’s day in the company of friends who share your enthusiasm for food that is good, clean and fair. This year we are meeting in the community of Indian Point on the shore of Mahone Bay in Lunenburg County between the towns of Chester and Mahone Bay.


10:30am – Meet and Greet

At 11am we shall hear what Slow Food has been up to in the past year and elect the directors for the coming year. There are a couple of vacancies if you are interested in helping organize our convivium and play a leadership role in SFNS. If you would like to receive the Statement of Directors responsibilities, please contact to receive one.

At 12noon we shall have a moderated discussion on the future direction of Slow Food in Nova Scotia. Your input is welcome.


At 1:00pm Chef Terry Vassallo of Lunenburg’s Trattoria della Nonna will head a team of South Shore chefs in the preparation of what promises to be a spectacular seafood lunch. The menu will be made up of a selection of fish and seafood from local waters. There will be many opportunities to see and learn how to prepare marine delicacies.

Cost for the lunch: $20 for Slow Food members, $25 for potential members. Use the day to renew or apply for membership. Cash sales for beverages.

Please bring your own plates and utensils.


After the lunch, a speaker from the Ecology Action Centre will make a presentation on Slow Fish and sustainability issues relating to food from the sea. There will be time to ask questions about some of the complex choices we have to make if we hope to continue harvesting the bounty of the oceans.


RSVP to if you plan to attend.




Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto

Posted: Monday, April 16th, 2012

Terra Madre and Salone Del Gusto

October 25-29, 2012

Torino Italy

 Invitation for SF members to apply for delegate status at Terra Madre and for Producers to Display at Salone Del Gusto 2012


This year, Terra Madre and the Congress are open to the public. Terra Madre is a biennial Slow Food event in Turin, Italy, that unites more than 5,000 producers, cooks, academics and activists creating a parallel system of food production and distribution. The Congress is the gathering of leaders representing the grassroots movement in their communities. Salone del Gusto is a public event that welcomes over 200,000 visitors over five days – a feast of the best – artisan, Ark of Taste and Presida products globally.


This is a two pronged invitation:

Slow Food Nova Scotia – mainland will have the opportunity to send 4 or possibly 5 delegates to Terra Madre. This means that you are a guest of Slow Food and your entrance fees, daily meals and accomodations are taken care of. Observer status is also available but only covers your admission fees to the event.


Also, as Salone Del Gusto and Terra Madre are being combined into one event this year, Slow Food Canada has been asked to invite food producers from across Canada to exhibit at Salone Del Gusto. If you are a producer looking for new markets and a chance to show off your product to a potential 200,000 visitors please contact. There may some provincial support for this initiative – I am in early discussions with several Provincial Ministries to see about a collaborative effort to bring Nova Scotia products and producers to Torino

The birth of Slow Food Nova Scotia

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Brian Kienapple remembers the beginnings of Slow Food Nova Scotia

It all began in 2000 when I was researching a family trip to Italy and discovered references to Slow Food…
I contacted Convivium Leaders in places we were visiting seeking advice on where to eat and shop…
During that trip we were invited to supper with the Convivium Leader of Siena in Tuscany and his family…
That personal contact and the wonderful meal we shared in an Etruscan grotto below the streets of Siena was my first real introduction to the pleasures of Slow Food.
In 2001 I went back to Italy and spent a month visiting many Slow Food producers in Tuscany and Piedmont which led me to the Slow Food headquarters in Bra, Piedmont…
I had a long conversation with the head of Slow Food International, Renato Sardo, and at the end of my visit I told him that eventually I would help start a Convivium in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Things came together in 2002 when I met with Maurizio Bertossi in the spring and then Hanspeter Stutz in the fall and talked about the possibility of starting a group…
Hanspeter was particularly enthusiastic which led to an initial gathering of people in April of 2003 at his winery.

That first meeting included:
Maurizio Bertossi
Pete Luckett
Paul and Ruth Colville
Dennis Johnston
Paolo Colbertado
Michael Smith
Jim and Linda Gourlay
Hanspeter Stutz

I spoke about Slow Food and what it could mean to Nova Scotia…
Everyone agreed to join Slow Food and sign the papers that were sent to Italy to certify the formal beginnings of our Convivium…
It was agreed that I should organize the Convivium and be its first Leader…
Another planning meeting was held in early June at Maurizio’s Bish restaurant…
The first event was held in October 2003 focused on a truly historic ingredient, Heritage Apples….
Slow Food Nova Scotia was born!

We are Slow Food Nova Scotia Mainland

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

We are one of the most active chapters of Slow Food in Canada.

Slow Food Nova Scotia – Mainland currently represents most of the province for membership.  With 100+ members in the Halifax Regional Municipality and the rest of Nova Scotia  (and  New Brunswick members who are part of our convivium until an official one begins in that province) we facilitate activities in the province. As the movement grows here in Nova Scotia, we envision more regionally specific convivia developing over time, and the continued development of on-campus convivia at our many post-secondary educational institutions.

With an active Board of Directors, we are a Registered Association with the NS Joint Registry of Stocks.
We currently organize 6-8 events per year, including our major ones (Slow Motion Food Film Fest and the SFNS Spring Supper) and are active in promoting the message of Good, Clean and Fair to the public, government and provincial organizations.
We are active in promoting school gardens and healthy eating initiatives throughout the province, are actively engaged in the Nova Scotia Food Policy Council, and work toward preserving farmland and food traditions across the region.”