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8 of the Most DELICIOUS Caesars in Halifax

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If there’s one thing Haligonians love, it’s a good brunch—and no Canadian brunch would be complete without that classic Canadian cocktail, the Caesar. This popular drink is a twist on a Bloody Mary and features vodka and Clamato juice—a mix of tomato and clam juice.

The drink was invented in Calgary, Alberta in 1969 and is now on menus across the country with millions of devoted fans. Caesar recipes have since been spiced up and garnished with just about anything you can think of.  One thing is for sure, there’s no shortage of variety when it comes to finding a great Caesar in Halifax.

While usually paired with brunch, these Caesars are so good you just might want to drink one at any time of the day!

Here are some of the best places to get a Caesar in Halifax:

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The Halifax Area Farmers’ Market Bucket List: 7 can’t-miss markets

Haligonians love a good Farmers’ Market and a well-known Saturday tradition in Halifax is rolling out of be to hit the markets for fresh produce, breakfast, people-watching, or a classic combo of all three!

To help you to organize your market visits, we’ve put together this list of 7 can’t-miss markets in the area. Happy browsing!


1 – Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers’ Market
About a 30 minute drive from downtown Halifax, the community of Musquodoboit Harbour hosts a small but mighty market in their community center every Sunday.

Offering everything from handmade woodwork, to fresh local vegetables and baked goods, the market in Musquodoboit Harbour has a Nova Scotian downhome feel.

I grabbed a couple of Bakehouse Cheese rolls from Dobbit Bakehouse and took the drive to Martinique Beach and had a snack on the white sands.

Location: 67 Park Road, Eastern Shore Community Centre
Hours:
June to December – Sunday 9am – 1pm. January – May – Every second Sunday


2 – Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market 
The Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market is the most popular of all the Halifax markets, drawing the biggest crowds and offering the largest selection of vendors.

Located right on the waterfront with a beautiful rooftop patio, it’s no wonder people make a Saturday morning tradition out of heading to the market for breakfast and enjoying the view.

Location: Pier 20, 1209 Marginal Road on the Halifax Waterfront
Hours:
Monday – Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday 7am-3pm; Sunday 9am-3pm

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3 – Historic Farmers’ Market 
The Historic Farmers’ Market – also known as the Brewery Market – is the original Halifax market.

Housed in the Alexander Keith’s Brewery on Lower Water Street, this market stretches through hallways and down to the lobby area of the Keith’s Brewery, ensuring there’s always something lovely to see (and taste, and smell).

Location: 1496 Lower Water Street
Hours: Saturday 7am – 1pm

The Farmers' Market at Keith's Brewery in downtown Halifax
The Farmers’ Market at Keith’s Brewery in downtown Halifax

4 – Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market
The Alderney Landing Farmers’ Market has become a bustling market with PLENTY of Saturday regulars, right on the Dartmouth waterfront.

Full of ready to eat foods, as well as freshly baked bread, herbs and homemade preserves, we’re just saying, you’re going to want to make sure to bring a big basket or bag to haul it all home!

Location:
Alderney Landing – 2 Octerloney Street
Hours:
Saturday 8am – 1pm, Sunday 11am-3pm

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Local tip: If the weather is nice, park your car by the Halifax Seaport Market, take a walk down the waterfront and hop on the ferry over to Dartmouth. The ferry drops passengers off right at the entrance to the market! Talk about convenient.


5 – The Vegetorium – Fall River
The Vegetorium is a one-stop-shop for free range eggs, vegetables, locally-roasted coffee and more. Make the drive out to the beautiful area and you won’t be disappointed – by the views or the food!

Location: 2900 Highway 2
Hours:
Monday – Sunday, 9am-6pm

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6 – Hammonds Plains Farmers’ Market
This market was designed as an easy stop for community members to pick up fresh, local produce, meats and baked goods on the way home from work, as well as a means to support the community itself.

While it features the usual farmers’ market food items, you can also expect to find local woodworking, including screen doors fabricated from recycled lumber. Local and environmentally sustainable – we like it.

Location: 787 Kearney Lake Road
Hours:  
Thursday 2:30pm-6:30pm


7 – Tantallon Village Farmers Market
The Tantallon Village Farmers Market is a real community affair, giving those that live in the area not only a place to support their local farmers and craftspeople, but also to connect with their neighbours.

Want the full scoop on who you can expect at the Tantallon Market? Learn more here.

Location: 5209 St. Margaret’s Bay Road – Redmond’s Shopping Plaza
Hours:
May-October – Tuesday 2pm – 6pm


Whether you’re a local or a visitor, a farmers’ market is a great place to discover the Halifax region and its residents. If you’re looking for more information on markets around the area, visit farmersmarketsofnovascotia.com.

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6 Things You NEED TO KNOW About the Halifax Oyster Festival

It’s happening people. It’s one SHELL of a weekend, one we’ve all been waiting for; it’s the 3rd annual Halifax Oyster Festival!!!

Celebrating the start of the Nova Scotia oyster harvest season, the Oyster Festival is a 2-day, all-you-can-slurp raw bar event on the Halifax waterfront, happening September 29-30, 2017. Continue reading

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8 FOOLPROOF TIPS to Sample Like a Pro at the NSLC Festival of Wines

The amateur wine lover’s guide to Halifax’s grapest wine event to hit Halifax.

FESTIVAL OF WINES QUICK FACTS:
WHEN: September 29-30, 2017
WHERE: The Cunard Centre, Halifax
WHAT: 350+ wines representing a dozen countries
TICKETS: Purchase tickets here!

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The wonderful world of wine can seem daunting for us amateur wine drinkers who, though enthusiastic, may not be confident in our ability to taste the difference between a Malbec from a Merlot.

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I believe firmly that wine should be enjoyed by all, so with the help of the NSLC and @TheRealWineGuy, Peter J. Rockwell, we’ve created a guide to the upcoming VIVA ESPANA: The NSLC Festival of Wines 2017! Now even the most inexpert among us can attend the Festival with all the confidence of a master sommelier!


HOW SAMPLE LIKE A TOTAL PRO
AT THE NSLC FESTIVAL OF WINES:

Tip #1 – Plan out your route ahead of time

From Argentina to Italy and every stop in between, the Festival will have wines from around the world, so make sure that you’re prepared with the event map.

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Tip #2 – Follow the Wine Discovery Guide

The Guide describes the tastes and flavours, and is organized into six colour-coded Taste Profiles. This will help you to determine which wines you like most and where to find them, both at the Festival and in store.

Take the Discovery Guide QUIZ before heading to the Festival. Even if you’re fairly comfortable with what you like, it can help you determine which wines to check out at the Festival, as well as provide some new suggestions you may not have known before.

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Tip #3 – Branch out and try something new!

Chances are, you’ve got a few standby bottles that have become tried and true favourites. Old faithfuls are always great, but the Festival is your chance to try something different! Pick a wine you’ve never heard of, or maybe can’t even pronounce. You may find a new favourite!

@TheRealWineGuy pro tip: Don’t be afraid to ask the pourer a bit about the producer, and the region of origin. The quickest path to becoming a wine expert is to feel confident in your own opinion.

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Tip #4 – Don’t arrive at the Festival with an empty stomach

There’s nothing worse than having to cut the experience short when the wine hits you harder than expected. Avoid this and enjoy the event to the fullest by getting something in your stomach before you arrive.

@TheRealWineGuy pro tip: Avoid spicy dishes when deciding on a meal to have before making your way to the event. The sharp, overpowering flavour of anything spicy will be hard to diminish and influence the flavour of every wine you try.

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Tip #5 – FUNCTION OVER FASHION!

Wear comfortable clothing. That means YES to sneakers and flats and NO to stilettos and slingbacks! Dress in comfortable clothing that you won’t have to adjust throughout the event.

@TheRealWineGuy pro tip: It is guaranteed that you’ll be on your feet for most of the Festival, so remember, it’s a long, long walk from Australia to Spain.

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TIP #6 – Swirl like a pro

For novice wine tasters, that swirl that people on TV do with their wine ACTUALLY HAS A PURPOSE! A little movement of the wine will release more of the wine’s aroma, which is another element of a wine’s profile and personality. Give it a light spin and breathe in the bouquet!

@TheRealWineGuy pro tip: Back away from the tasting table once you’ve been poured a sample. It allows other tasters a chance to approach and will give you more elbowroom to swirl your glass.

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Tip #7 – Get home safely

Part of planning to attend the event is planning to get home safely. Either have a designated driver, pre-book your ride home with NSLC’s taxi partner Yellow Cab, or arrange for accommodations within walking distance of the venue.

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Tip #8 – ENJOY YOURSELF

This is a fantastic event where you can learn and enjoy amazing wine from around the world. It really doesn’t get much better than this. So even if you’re like me and your relationship with wine veers more on the side of “enthusiast” rather than “expert”, remember, everyone is there to have fun and enjoy it themselves, just like you.

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Final tips from @TheRealWineGuy:

  • Don’t feel you have to drink everything you’re poured. You’ll experience a lot more of the Festival if your approach is to taste rather than drink your way around the room. You’re not going to fall in love with everything you try so spittoons are provided for you to pour out the less appealing choices that come across your palate.
  • Don’t come determined to try everything. With over 350 offerings it’s much better to browse through the catalogue you receive as you enter the Festival and highlight a few wines you find interesting or before the Grand Tasting use the NSLC’s Festival app to create your own personalized tasting plan.

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Get tickets to the event now!

Thank you to @TheRealWineGuy, Peter J. Rockwell for contributing his expertise.


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