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

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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!

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Photo 3: Press Gang Oyster Bar