Barbecues and Beer Gardens
By Lia Rinaldo, Managing Director, Devour! The Food Film Fest
Summertime! Sing it with me. Remember those moments back in winter when you couldn’t even imagine reaching this blissful time of year again? Well, we have arrived. Backyard barbecues, lazy beach days, farmers markets heaving with fresh produce and road trips around this beautiful province of ours — there’s certainly no shortage of stuff to do around these parts — or things to eat and drink for that matter.
This season in the city will mark the return of beer gardens, the rise of tasting rooms and fun food pop-ups and…decks! The Agricola Street Brasserie has expanded to the rooftop. Its happy hour has long been king, so you know that deck game is going to be strong. Just a short ferry ride, or better yet, on your own time with a quick cruise on the Halifax Water Taxi gets you onto some distinguished Dartmouth decks. The only decision you really have to make is whether or not you’re in the mood for Aperol Spritz at Il Trullo Ristorante, or a pint of craft beer at Battery Park.
Challenge yourself to do a little road tripping and eat brunch outside the city. Just a little more than an hour’s drive gets you to the sunny decks of the Port Pub Bistro in Port Williams, The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery in Summerville or Mateus Bistro in Mahone Bay. Grab those rays while you can!
Cool Brews for Hot Times
By Chris McDonald, Atlantic Canada Beer Blog
Finally…summer! While spring helps us ease out of the snow and colder temperatures of winter, it’s the warm weather and sunny days of summer that really make us feel that the wait was worth it. Beer goes well with any season, but when temperatures really start to climb, it’s only natural to feel a pull toward lighter, easy-drinking styles. Tatamagouche Brewing’s North Shore Lagered Ale is lightly-hopped and cold-conditioned, resulting in a smooth and quaffable hybrid style. Along the same lines, Garrison’s Seaport Blonde is a light-bodied Blonde Ale with a crisp, dry finish; at 4 per cent ABV, it is also the perfect “session beer,” able to be enjoyed in quantity. Ready to step it up a notch? Nine Locks’ IPA brings the hops, with plenty of citrus, tropical fruit, pine and floral notes to go along with its comparably elevated alcohol.
Local Wines: Fun, Fresh and Flavourful
By Amy Savoury,
Sommelier, Instructor at NSCC Three words define summer in Nova Scotia for me — fresh, flavourful and fun. It’s the season when our local farmers delight our taste buds and we celebrate the fresh flavours by entertaining outside, soaking up the summer sun. From backyard barbecues, lazy evenings on the deck, to picnics on the beach, the theme to summertime get-togethers is always fun. Chill some of our crisp local wines down for the perfect accompaniment to all things summer. Gaspereau Vineyards Riesling is a pure expression of the grape in true Nova Scotia style. Impeccably balanced with refreshing acidity, this is a fresh wine ready to tackle the summer heat. Talk about flavour — Avondale Sky Bliss is intense, exotic and delicious, a perfect wine to pair with seasonal dishes bursting with flavour. And of course Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 always brings joviality to any summer gathering. Sip Nova Scotia’s iconic wine and let the good times roll.