Slow Food Nova Scotia

Homestyle Blueberry Yogurt Cake Recipe

Posted: Thursday, October 1st, 2015

During the years of the IncrEdible Picnics when Slow Food NS was a participant, some of us home-cooks made this cake from the Select Nova Scotia recipe collection and gave tastes to the hungry hordes. It is really good! And it is possible to make with mainly good, clean, and fair ingredients. You can make this cake long after the summer season using frozen blueberries.


Blueberry Yogurt Cake


1 ½ cups (375ml) white sugar

2/3 cup (150ml) vegetable oil

1 egg

1 cup (250ml) plain, unsweetened yogurt – not fat-free

1 tsp (5ml) vanilla

2 ½ cups (625ml) flour (we use 2 c. wheat + ½ c. red fife wheat)

1 tsp (5ml) baking soda

1 tsp (5ml) salt

1 1 /2 cups (375ml) wild blueberries, fresh or frozen



Preheat the oven to 325F. Grease a bundt pan and set aside.

Whisk sugar, oil and egg together in a large bowl. Stir in yogurt and vanilla. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into the wet mixture and mix, just until flour is combined. Stir in blueberries, just until blended. Too much mixing at this point will make the cake tough and purple!

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake for 40 minutes OR until a skewer comes out with moist crumbs attached. If cake is not cooked fully, return to oven for 8 – 10 minutes and check again. Each oven is different and may affect cooking time. Continue returning cake to oven for 8 – 10 minutes and checking until skewer comes out with moist crumbs attached. Tooth picks can be used for checking as well.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack. If cake sticks, run a knife around inner and outer edge of pan.

Submitted by Sheila Stevenson

6th Annual Slow Food NS Spring Supper – May 2, 2015

Posted: Friday, April 10th, 2015

Spring Supper 6 Poster-page-001After five extremely successful years, Slow Food Nova Scotia returns with its 6th Annual Spring Supper on Saturday, May 2nd. Billed as the down home, no fuss, culinary event of the season, this year’s dinner will feature nine of the region’s top chefs working together to bring you a multiple-course, locally-sourced Nova Scotian church supper unlike any other.

This year’s attendees are in for a treat and a bit of a format change-the firstcourse will feature an hour-long oyster reception highlighting select Nova Scotia oysters featured on the Slow Food Ark of Taste shucked by the producers themselves-Sober Island oysters, Malagash oysters from Bay Enterprises Ltd. and Big Island oysters from ShanDaph. Three of the evening’s chefs will prepare rounds of decadent hors d’oeuvres accompanied by sparkling wine and local craft beer. Guests will then move to take their seats in the main hall to enjoy a three-course, family-style meal paired with Nova Scotia wines. Local food producers, farmers, winemakers and foodies alike round out this incredible evening. This event is open to the public.

Tickets are $90 for Slow Food Members and $120 for non members. If you join Slow Food at the Supper we will discount your new first year membership by $30 for an individual membership and $60 for a couples membership (This night only!) 


Tickets available online at TicketPro: The coupon code  for Slow Food members is

Participating Chefs/Restaurants include: Mark Gray (The Brooklyn Warehouse- Kitchen Lead), Chris Velden (The Flying Apron Cookery), Rob Reynolds (EDNA), Andrew Aitken & Sarah Griebel (Wild Caraway Inn), Dave Smart Craig Flinn (Chives Canadian Bistro), Andrew Farrell (2 Doors Down) & Kristy Burgess (Lion & Bright) all rounded out by contributions from Charcuterie Ratinaud French Cuisine.


The Details:

  • When: Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
  • Where: Christ Church Community Center, 61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth
  • Tickets are $120 each for the general public ($90 for Slow Food members) and are available online at Ticketpro. Tickets are also available at all TicketPro outlets in Nova Scotia.
  • Ticket price includes the multi-course dinner paired with Nova Scotian wines & beers
  • Reception 6:30PM Upper Level, Dinner 7:30PM Seated Lower Level

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.

Slow Food Fundraising FARM POPUP at Taproot Farms this Saturday

Posted: Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

TapRoot Farms Pop-Up Luau Roast Dinner 

TapRoot Farms Pop-Up Luau Roast Dinner with Chef Michael Howell –

Join us on Saturday at 1736 Church Street at 5 PM for a walking tour of the farm followed by dinner at 6 PM.

All proceeds go to:

Farmers Helping Farmers where funds are used by two Kenyan Woman’s Group for Horticulture Skills Training & Slow Food NS to support sending Nova Scotia farmers to Terra Madre in Italy.

Chef Howell has prepared this preliminary menu and is subject to change based on veggies and fruit we harvest this week at the farm:

Luau Roasted Pork

Roasted Fennel puree Garlic sauteed New potato and Swiss chard

Zesty Lemon Caesar salad

Local Tsatsiki and Michaels Pita

Lobster bisque

Grilled herbed zucchini with sungold tomatoes

Vegetarian Salad Rolls with Sweet Soy Dip 

Fresh Fruit Cobbler with Lemon Curd

2013 Pop Up


SFNS 2014 Annual General Meeting this Sunday June 15th – Dartmouth

Posted: Friday, June 13th, 2014

Sunday, June 15, 11 am – 3 pm Slow Food Nova Scotia Annual General Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch Park Avenue Community Oven,
Leighton Dillman Park on the Dartmouth Commons
Our annual chance to get together as a large group and discuss the future of Slow Food Nova Scotia!
BRING: a chair, cutlery, a plate for yourself, beverages (non-alcoholic) a side dish for potluck contributions. We will roast some local chickens
Costs: $12.00 non members $15.00 (if you sign up for membership that day it’s $12.00)
Proceeds will support the Nova Scotia delegation to Terra Madre this year

AGM 2013

Posted: Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Slow Food NS AGM followed by lunch

When: Sunday, June 16, 11 am – 3 pm

Where: Petite Riviere B&B

1155 Crousetown Road Crousetown, (Lunenburg Co.) NS


AGM agenda:

A review of the past year

Strategic Planning

Slow Food in Canada

Members’ Survey

Financial Report

Discussion as we look forward to 2103-14 and beyond, re work (projects) & play (events), including

National meeting to be hosted by Slow Food Northumberland Shore

A rebranded independent Slow Motion Food Film Festival

Election of directors for 2013-14.


Lunch: $12 for members, $ 15 for non-members.


Chris Velden will cook up a bbq: Burgers with the trimmings( Bacon, Lettuce, Cheese etc.), Vegetable Kebabs, Flying Apron Sausages, maybe some seafood. The rest of us will bring salads, sides, afters. Also bring your own plate, cutlery, and beverage of choice .


2 volunteers are needed to help set up, and attending chefs are invited to help out with the grilling.


Looking forward to a good crowd. To help the Chef plan, PLEASE RSVP to



Directions from Halifax – South: Take highway 103 to Exit 15, turn left. Follow the Italy Crossing Road for 5km to Crousetown Road, take a left over the small bridge and follow Crousetown Road for approximately 300 metres, where you will find the Petite Riviere B&B and Heritage Farm immediately on your right.

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.

Slow Food Success at Edmonton Conference

Posted: Friday, June 15th, 2012

Edmonton, Canada 5 June 2012  Slow Food Canada’s conference held in Edmonton in May has been hailed a success by national delegates.

Slow Food Canada executive member, Michael Howell, was one of 30 delegates to experience the four-day showcase of Alberta regional cuisine through farm tours, meetings with local producers and chefs, visits to local farmers’ markets, and the sell-out Roots, Shoots, and Garden Boots conference gala.

‘After spending my time in Edmonton at this conference, I have a whole new appreciation for the incredible food culture here,’ Mr Howell said.

Conference organiser, Valerie Lugonia, also praised the conference and the collaboration of local growers and chefs.

‘The conference was a huge success and raised $8,275 for Slow Food Canada,’ Ms Lugonia said.

‘Our team of chefs at the gala were amazing. The front of house staff was incredible. The food from our local producers was outstanding. I see active collaboration as the unique signature of our local Edmonton food community.’



Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment. A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, we have over 100,000 members joined in 1,500 convivia – our local chapters – worldwide, including 35 in Canada, as well as a network of 2,000 food communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods.

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