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Nova Scotia’s culinary delights

 

Nova Scotia is known the world over for our fresh seafood. But no true culinary experience would be complete without also sampling some of our extraordinary wines and locally grown organic produce, as well as local and cultural dishes.

 

The Nova Scotia lobster season is full of many opportunities to enjoy our delicious seafood. A Nova Scotia vacation will not be complete without enjoying some of the great restaurants in the province and indulging in a lobster dinner. Nova Scotia lobster is world-famous – and for good reason. We have some of the most fertile lobster fishing grounds, not just in Canada, but on the planet. Learn everything from how they’re caught to the best ways to prepare them with local lobster tours and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

 

Along with Nova Scotia lobster, visitors will also wish to experience Digby scallops and smoked salmon. Join a local clam digger and enjoy digging through the sand and mud along the Bay of Fundy to find your lunch – it doesn’t get any fresher than this.

 

Acadian cuisine is alive and well in the province and offers a unique taste experience. Try Rappie Pie, a casserole dish of grated potatoes with the liquid removed, broth, chicken, pork or seafood, meat and onions layered together.

 

Nova Scotia is the largest processor of wild blueberries in the world. As Nova Scotia’s provincial berry, it’s celebrated annually during the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival each year in August. For a special dessert, try Blueberry Grunt.

 

Not only does Nova Scotia produce some fantastic food, it also has some truly great award-winning wines. Situated on one of the cooler climate limits for vines, Nova Scotia has had a long and rich tradition for growing grapes for wine dating back to the 1600s. For almost 25 years the province's wineries have differentiated themselves into several very distinct regions. With over 400 acres of vines and eight thriving vineyards, visitors can sample internationally successful varietals, including Marechal Fock, DeChaunac, Baco Noir, Leon Millot, Seyval Blanc and L’Acadie Blanc.

 

Discover the passion and artistry of the province's wine makers at two of the province's food and wine events, The Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival in late September and early October, and the Nova Scotia Winter Ice Wine Festival in February.

 

Don’t forget to tour the Glenora Distillery, Canada’s only distiller of single malt whisky.