Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Do your weekend feasting at the Pakistan Food Festival

The annual event is back on a grander scale

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 5:01 PM

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“I was fascinated with the Greek Festival, I loved to go there and see the culture,” says Anila Najaf, president of the Pakistani Canadian Association of Nova Scotia and organizer of this weekend’s Pakistan Food Festival.

She was the woman in charge of the first iteration of the celebration back in 2016, an event that drew in 700-plus attendees–over double the number of people she expected. “That was the incentive behind it, we thought ‘People actually have an appetite for this.’” After a couple of years in transition, this year’s festival will take place on a much grander scale, Najaf says.

On Saturday, March 23, vendors, entertainers and food stalls will take over St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church (38 Purcells Cove Road) from noon to 6pm.

“I think we have a lot of offer, a lot of show off and we just love to eat. In Pakistan every recipe, every problem, the solution is food. Why not show that to people?” says Najaf. “We don’t actually have a Pakistani restaurant here. This is a great advertisement for small businesses that don’t have the money to invest in publicity for themselves.”

On top of Pakistani food vendors, there’ll also be some Indian food to cater to vegetarians and vegans, plus henna, jewellery, performances and fun stuff for the kids, too. “There’ll be a lot of unique stuff,” promises Najaf, “things people from Nova Scotia have never seen.” 
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Seven Open City stops to explore

If we were at a bookstore, these would all have stickers that say "Staff Pick: Becky."

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Wine, dine and climb (maybe not in that order) at this year's Open City. - JORDAN BLACKBURN
  • Wine, dine and climb (maybe not in that order) at this year's Open City.
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Here’s hoping the rain stays away for this year’s Open City. Dozens of local businesses are providing good eats and store sales, so you may need to do some running around to get the most of it. The full schedule is on the I Love Local (HFX) website. I honed in on several of my favourites here, because I’m nice like that. 

1. Back Door Takeout at Humble Pie Kitchen
There are tons of things to chow down on during Open City and I would love to eat everything. If you’re trying to narrow it down, though, Dartmouth’s Humble Pie is amazing. Five-dollar pies are on offer starting at 9am and folk musician Jen Miller will be there for entertainment around noon. 77 King Street
For those who aren't venturing to Dartmouth, Humble Pie will be set up and slinging pies at Ocean Optometry. 5240 Blowers Street

2. World Tea House
Deals on tea all around, as well as ten-dollar tarot “speed readings” if you’re feeling spiritual. Is there more tea in my future? Yes. Yes, there is. 1592 Argyle Street

3. Seven Bays Bouldering
I guess we should include some exercise here, eh? In all seriousness, rock climbing is fun, but it can get pricey. Luckily, Seven Bays is charging just five bucks on Saturday, with two-dollar espresso drinks if you need that extra boost to work your way to the top of the wall. 2019 Gottingen Street

4. Back Lot Party at Cyclesmith
There’s going to be a bunch of things going on here, but let’s not beat around the bush. Hatfield Farms is bringing a petting zoo, and that alone is reason enough to go. 2553 Agricola Street

5. Bishop’s Cellar
Drink local and participate in some free tastings from 11am to 3pm. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere. 1477 Lower Water Street

6. Made in the Maritimes
Ideal if you haven’t gotten your mom a Mother’s Day gift yet, you terrible child (just kidding, I haven’t either). A free mother’s day card by Dartmouth-based artist Sarah Duggan comes with purchase. On top of that, Nova Scotia Fisherman skincare will be offering up free samples and folk artist Shelagh Duffett will be live painting. 5527 Young Street

7. Roll On Two Bakery
Now’s the time to try one of those chimney cakes if you haven’t—you get a coffee for $1 with your purchase. 1810 Granville Street

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Get your buns in gear for Burger Week

Eat your heart out, Halifax

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 4:00 AM

This, my friends, is a #HfxBurgerFace16 - LENNY MULLINS
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Grill you know it's true. It's almost time to get fired up about Halifax Burger Week. You might as well start laying out the stretchy pants now because we're pre-heating the grills for the fourth annual eating extravaganza.

This year, 79 (!!!) restaurants will participate the the city-wide celebration of patties and buns, making it the most massive Halifax Burger Week yet. While the actual eating doesn't actually get going until March 18, the burger mania is in full swing.

Need to ketchup? Here are a couple of reasons to flip.

Tickets for the Burger Bus are already selling like hotcakes—er, beef patties. The eating mobile will be picking up hungry passengers March 4-6 and 11-13 and taking them on a wild ride to Flavour Town (population, these participating restaurants). Don't sleep on getting your ticket to ride.

The burger overlords are currently seeking not one but two Burger Ambassadors. What's a Burger Ambassador? Not only a highly important part of the royal burger family, but an individual who gets to EAT FREE BURGERS ALL WEEK. The application process for the sought-after role is simple: post a burger selfie, AKA of a photo of yourself shoving a burger into your face, with #HfxBurgerFace16. Proof of pig-out, that's it.

While you await all the juicy details of the offerings of the participating Burger Week restos, feast your eyes on the Facebook event here, the official website here and be mesmerized but the following.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Your guide to Oyster Fest

All the deets you need to inform your festing/feasting

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 at 12:51 PM


We wanted to give you a break down of how thing's are going to go at our first Halifax Oyster Fest.

Dress: It's fall. You’re on the Halifax Waterfront. Dress in layers! The event is rain or shine. If it's raining bust out the Hunters and a rain coat for ultimate comfiness. You'll be under our main tent most of the time anyway.

Main tent: The Halifax Oyster Festival grounds will feature a massive main tent which will house 12 Maritime oyster farmer booths and beverage producers. The oyster booths will have pro-shuckers shucking as fast as they can to serve you, the ticket holder.

Included in your ticket: A sample of Benjamin Bridge’s Nova 7 + all-you-can-eat oysters from all our 12 producer booths. Bonus: the Aquacutlure Association of Nova Scotia will be sampling local mussels and oysters. Pete’s Fine Foods will be sampling BBQ’ed and mignotte oysters as well. Eat it up.

How to: Make your way from farmer to farmer to taste as many oyster varieties as you can. If you can fit it all in, do it again.

Drinks: Buy drink tickets from the ticket booth before entering the main tent. Garrison Brewing Company, Gahan Halifax and Bulwark Cider will all be on site selling sample size 4oz pours. Benjamin Bridge will be on site with three varieties of Nova Scotia wine. Pair your oyster with a different sip each time.

Food: If you're hungry for something other than oysters, Taste of Nova Scotia will be on site selling seafood chowder crafted by chef Thomas Carey from NSCC's Culinary Institute. Our food truck friends from Tin Pan Alley will be selling flavour tossed frites. Both snacks will be under $5 and purchased with your food tickets found at the ticket booth.

Entertainment: Throwback classics from local DJs Young Hearts will provide the chill until things pick up an hour into your session for the first ever Nova Scotia Oyster Shucking Competition presented by Gahan House Halifax. Make your way to the main stage to catch Halifax restauranteurs and Canadian pros shuck for cash prizes and the big title. We're flying in Daniel Notkin, Canadian oyster guru and founder of Montreal Oyster Fest, to host the events. The afternoon session will feature local shuckers and the top three winners will move on to the evening competition. The evening session will feature professional shuckers from the east coast and across Canada.

Win stuff: Because we are thankful that you're attending our special Oyster Festival, you have the chance to score a Gr8 Day Package from White Point Beach Resort including an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast for two the next morning. Enter to win by posting our hashtag ‪#‎HfxOysterFest ‬on Twitter or Instagram. The winner will be announced following the event!

Buy stuff: As a tasty take-home, we'll be selling our official Halifax Oyster Sauce hot sauce, Shuckin' Delicious, locally crafted in Prince Edward Island by Maritime Madness. Pick it up from the ticket booth outside of the meain festival tent for $10 a bottle.

Get tickets: Halifax Oyster Fest

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