The Savour Food and Wine Show, a fun-fair for foodies happening on Thursday, February 16, is the centrepiece of a month’s worth of food-and-drink-related events around the province. We talked to Christine White of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia to get the details.
Q: What is the Savour Food and Wine Show?
A: The food and wine show showcases the best of food, wine, beer and spirits from Nova Scotia. Attendees will have a chance to eat delicious dishes prepared by chefs from across the province, and to drink a variety of drinks from 15 of their favourite local wineries, breweries and distilleries.
Q: How long has this been going on?
A: This is the third year that the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia has organized this food and wine show.
Q: What’s different this year?
A: This year, the show is bigger and better than ever before, with more exhibitors from further afield—which means even more great tastes for our visitors. More than 35 restaurants and 15 wine and spirit producers will be represented at the show.
Q: What can we expect?
A: Expect to have a lot of fun! When you walk into the Westin, you’ll see that we’ve constructed a metropolis of tastes. Touring the show will remind you of walking down different streets—like Sunset Boulevard and the Champs-Elysee— and stopping at different restaurants along the way. Each time you stop you’ll have a chance to taste another sample of the best food and drink the province has to offer.
Q: What kinds of food and drink?
A: There will be quite a variety, with an emphasis on showcasing the talents of local chefs and on the quality of local ingredients. For example, at the booth for Le Caveau, from Grand Pre, you’ll find fondue, duck and smoked salmon; at the Keltic Lodge booth you can try Yukon gold potato pancakes with raisin balsamic drizzle, cranberry apple winter chutney and sliced barbecued chicken breast. You can also try wines from Jost and St. Famille, or beer from the Garrison Brewing Company, among others.
Q: What is the goal of an event like this?
A: February can be a slow month for restaurants in Nova Scotia—people would rather stay inside where it’s warm than head out for supper. The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia founded this event to help promote Nova Scotia’s food and wine culture. The food and wine show is the centerpiece of a month of events designed to encourage Nova Scotians to get out and enjoy the province’s great food and wine—even though it’s the dead of winter.
The Savour Food and Wine Show is Thursday, February 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Westin Nova Scotian. For information on other Savour Food and Wine Festival events happening around the province, or to buy tickets for the show, visit the RANS website at www.edining.ca