Top 6 Halifax festivals & events food lovers NEED to attend!

Here in Halifax, we’re lucky to have fresh food and ingredients everywhere, whether it’s our locally caught seafood or the freshly grown produce. It’s clear that here in Halifax we strongly believe food is worth celebrating, and now that spring is just around the corner (hopefully), we’ll have plenty of festivals going on all over the Halifax region where you’ll be able to try all kinds of unique and exciting local dishes.

If you love discovering new flavours, here are some of Halifax’s food festivals and events to mark in your calendar:

  1. Savour Food & Wine Show

Celebrating its 15th year, Savour Food & Wine Show, showcases over 70 of Nova Scotia’s finest restaurants, wineries and distilleries. Spend the evening indulging delectable foods, legendary cocktails and award winning wines. It’ll be an evening you won’t forget!

When: March 9, 2017
Where: World Trade and Convention Centre, Downtown Halifax
Visit http://www.savourfoodandwine.com for more information.

  1. Halifax Burger Week 2017

It’s almost that time over year again! No, not summer but the next best thing: Halifax Burger Week! The Coast knows the best way to help Haligonians get through the final days of winter is by warming their hearts and stomachs with mouthwatering burgers! From bacon jam cheeseburgers and lamb and mint pesto burgers to peanut butter bacon vegan burgers and mac n’ cheese burgers, there really is a burger to fit everyone’s tastes.

Feeling the #HFXBurgerLove? Become The Coast’s 2017 Burger Ambassador and win $500 cash to eat out at participating Halifax Burger Week locations. Click here for full details on how you could become the next Burger Week Ambassador!

Looking to experience Halifax Burger Week a little differently? Hop on the Burger Bus!

When: March 23 – 29, 2017
Where: All over Halifax
Learn more about Halifax Burger Week and find the list of participating restaurants here: http://burgerweek.co/. 

  1. Halifax Ribfest

Halifax Ribfest is a fun-filled food festival hosted right on the Halifax Waterfront. With a variety of award-winning ribbers, and tons of mouth-watering foods, it’s a guaranteed saucy good time!

When: June 30 – July 3, 2017
Where: Participating restaurants throughout Halifax
For a full list of Halifax Ribfest vendors, visit http://ribfesthalifax.ca/.

  1. The Coast’s Food Truck Parties

Who doesn’t love a delicious well cooked meal on wheels? This year, be sure to head to one of The Coast’s Food Truck Parties to indulge in some of Halifax’s top street eats. Experience a range of culinary dishes ranging from Canadian style comfort foods, and seafood to tacos, and barbecue. And don’t worry – of course there will be sweet treats as well!

When: June 15 and September 14, 2017
Important Notes: Entry is $2 per adult, but kids under 12 are free. The Food Truck Parties are cash only and there are usually multiple breweries on site!

  1. Halifax Oyster Festival 2017

Yes, we know… “all-you-can-eat oysters” sounds a lot like it could be some Nova Scotian folklore, too good to be true. Luckily, all-you-can-eat oysters are very real. Halifax Oyster Festival is a three-hour event where more than 15 producers shuck while you slurp down as many oysters as you can. This is a Halifax event you won’t want to miss.

When: September 29 – 30, 2017
Where: Halifax Waterfront
For tickets and more information visit: http://oysterfest.ca/.

  1. Devour! The Food Film Fest

Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest festival focused on celebrating food, wine and film. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Annapolis Valley in the town of Wolfville, only an hour drive from Downtown Halifax, it’s the perfect event to celebrate everything food and film.

Not only will you get to fill your stomach with amazing food, you’ll also get to fill your soul with engaging documentaries, dramas and short food-related films. Devour! aims to inspire and educate their audience on the impact of food, food culture and the current food systems in our lives.

When: October 25 – 29, 2017
Where: Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Visit http://devourfest.com/ for more information.

Want to indulge in even more food related festivals and events in Halifax? Be sure you check out Halifax’s Greek Festival, Lebanese Festival and CRAVE – A Food + Drink Experience.

Did we miss your favourite Halifax food event? Tweet us @hfxnovascotia and let us know!

Photo 3: Press Gang Oyster Bar

Image made By Scott MunnImage made By Scott Munn

7 big anniversaries to celebrate in Halifax this year!

While it might be the one we hear about the most, Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation is not the only big milestone in 2017. In fact, there are lots of local festivals and businesses celebrating anniversary’s this year.

Here’s a rundown of seven other big anniversaries to celebrate this year in Halifax:

1. Propeller Brewing – 20th Anniversary
Halifax is lucky to have a flourishing craft beer scene. From establishments like Stillwell that serve the best from local breweries and beyond, to Good Robot, who brew and serve their own beers. And of course, there are those fixtures of the scene, the people who have been there through it all, like Propeller Brewing.

This year, they’re celebrating 20 years in business with some renovations to their tap room (don’t worry – you can still stop in to get your growler filled!), and other special events on the horizon. They’ll also be releasing a “series of extra special anniversary-worthy One-Hit Wonder brews” and I’m not going to lie – I’m really looking forward to them! Also, keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming special birthday party plans.

2. Segway Nova Scotia – 5th Anniversary
If you’ve spent any time on the Halifax Waterfront in the summer months, you’ve probably encountered a happy tour group exploring the city on segways. Chances are they were part of a Segway Nova Scotia group – a company that is celebrating their 5th anniversary this year! Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and visit their website, because they’re planning on having some birthday specials throughout the year.

3. Halifax Public Gardens – 150th Anniversary
June 10, 2017

One of Halifax’s most popular attractions is marking a big milestone this year. The Halifax Public Gardens is celebrating their 150th birthday on June 10th! While not many details have been released about the evets, you can be sure it will be a draw for anyone with an interest in spending time in the gardens – whether that’s admiring their Victorian layout, or snacking on ice cream from Sugah! Check out the website of The Friends of the Public Gardens to keep up to date on event plans.

4. Halifax Pride Festival – 30th Anniversary
July 13 – 23, 2017
The first Halifax Pride Parade consisted of roughly 75 people on a route through the North End as, “primarily a protest over the lack of legal protection from discrimination, and the all-too-common threat of homophobic violence.” Over the years, the Halifax Pride Festival has flourished, becoming a large-scale celebration of diversity. From the always-popular parade, to the annual Dykes and Divas softball game on the Halifax Commons, Pride welcomes upwards of 150,000 participants each year and I can’t wait to watch that number grow!

5. Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) – 55th Anniversary
Bio Expo: September 23 – 24, 2017
Did you know that Canada’s largest centre for ocean research is located in the HRM? Located on the Bedford Basin in Dartmouth, BIO is “a modern oceanographic research facility, established in 1962 by the Federal Government of Canada.”

One of its biggest events each year is the BIO Expo, and with this year being the 55th anniversary, you can expect it to be even better! BIO is open to the general public for the BIO Expo on September 23 – 24 from 9am to 3pm, and best of all, admission is free! Keep visiting www.bioexpo2017.ca for more details as they are released.

6. Halifax Pop Explosion – 25th Anniversary
October 18 – 21, 2017
Halifax had its first encounter with the Halifax Pop Explosion in September 1993. While a lot has changed since then, (did you know for a while the fest was called  ‘Halifax on Music?’, the fact that the event has been bringing good times to all attendees for 25 years has remained the same.
The lineup for the 2017 edition hasn’t yet been announced, but seeing as it’s the 25th year I’m sure we’re in for something great. If you’re a real keener, you can even grab a ‘Super Early Bird Special’ pass now! For only $59 + tax you get access to the entire festival from October 18 – 21 and guaranteed entry to the headliner shows. Plus, you’ll definitely be the coolest out of all of your friends.

7. Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary
December 6, 2017
On December 6, 1917, Halifax was devastated by an explosion that resulted from the collision of the SS Imo and the SS Mont-Blanc in the Narrows of the Halifax Harbour. The Halifax Regional Municipality is currently working with the Halifax Explosion Anniversary Committee to plan commemorative events around the December anniversary. Check back on their website to see the plans as they are released.

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5 unique fitness activities in Halifax!

New year, new you? Whether you believe in resolutions or not, taking care of yourself is never a bad idea, at any time of year! That includes exercise. But who wants to do the same workout every day, every week – boring! Why not jumpstart your motivation, and put some fun back into your routine by trying one of these unique fitness activities.

  1. Timber Lounge

If you’re looking for a more AXEciting workout, look no further than this axe-throwing lounge located in Halifax’s North End. What better way to let off steam and firm up those biceps than repeatedly throwing an axe at a target? Coaches are always close at hand to help ensure you are using the proper form and safety, and when you’re done (or during – one does need fuel for such an intense AXEtivity) you can enjoy yummy snacks, craft beer and even live music. Excellent for groups (19+).

  1. Get Air Trampoline Park

Feel like a kid again at this massive indoor playground for all ages. Between the wall-to-wall trampolines, dodge ball, and foam pits your feet will hardly hit the ground at all. The variety of activities will work every muscle, and best of all, there is no talent or special skills required. Bring the kids for Toddler Time Tues/Thurs mornings, or just your adult friends for “Club Get Air” Friday and Saturday 9pm-midnight.

  1. Seven Bays Bouldering

This 6000 sq ft facility is not just a rock climbing gym, it is also a licensed café (I’ve heard their tacos are delicious) and lounge where you can relax after burning those calories. Open early to late most days, this is one activity that’s easy to fit into your schedule, and membership prices are really reasonable. Day passes are less than $15.

  1. Studio in Essence

This fitness studio offers a huge variety of fun and interesting classes, including pole fitness, trapeze, hoops, aerial silks, burlesque, contortion, barre fitness and even acrobatic yoga! Experienced and helpful coaches will push your body to new heights and make you appreciate what it can do much more in the process. You will likely laugh as much as you sweat, so these classes are truly a workout for the body and the soul.

  1. Halifax Circus

Who says working out has to be serious? Pick up a fun party trick and tighten your core through classes in cyr wheel, aerial stunts, juggling, unicycle, and rola bola (balance board), taught by real circus performers. These activities will not only increase your strength but also improve dexterity, reflexes and inspire personal growth through “calculated risk and trust developed through shared experience”.

Try each of these activities over the coming months and you will be sure to stick to your goals!