After a glorious Thanksgiving weekend, I'm getting caught up on a bit of blogging and am excited to share my annual I Love Local HFX's City Harvest adventure with you! It was grey and rainy that day, but I was happy to see lots of people out enjoying the event despite the chilly weather. I started early at The Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market and then visited some locations I haven't featured before. Along the way I stopped in to visit friends I've made while shooting this event over the past few years. I love catching up and hearing how things are going. I was excited to see lots of new businesses on the list this year as well!
With so many businesses participating, it's tricky to fit them all into my blog post. I sadly missed Dartmouth this year, but I'll be sure to start there in the spring for Open City 2015. Covering the North End for me was Alana Correia who did a great job photographing some of the exciting new businesses on the list. I've also borrowed a few images from local blogger and foodie friend Kathy Jollimore of eatHalifax who always finds the most delicious spots for unique local food.
I hope you enjoy the photos!
Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market: Harvest Festival featuring Gordon Sparks carving a giant pumpkin from Howard Dill. Live Music featuring the Fine Tuners, Zulkemoon & Shrimp Daddy.
Java Blend and Bramoso Pizza were busy! I've got to try that breakfast pizza soon.
Fruition: The Pumpkin Seed Pâté made with local sweet potatoes and the Pumpkin Pie caught my attention! I've since been back to try the Mocha Cheesecake and it's amazing!
Garrison Brewing: Three special harvest beers! 3 Fields Harvest Wet Hopped Ale, Sweet Rye’d Harvest Wheat Ale, and Double Jack Imperial Pumpkin Ale. The 3 Fields was my favorite, a special treat for my dad over Thanksgiving.
Getaway Meat Market: Back Door Takeout at Garrison Brewing - Meatball Sandwiches!
Rousseau Chocolatier: Back Door Takeout – $3 House Hot Chocolate, perfect for a chilly rainy day.
Steve-O-Reno's: Pumpkin cupcakes and Rita's Immune Booster to keep you going!
Inkwell Boutique: 10% off Made in Nova Scotia designs and a prize draw for a lovely clock. First photo courtesy @inkwellboutique
Kitchen Door Catering: Back Door Takeout – $5 and $10 soups! PLUS: Live Soup Demos & Sampling at Attica.
Morris East: Back Door Takeout – $5 Mini Pulled Pork Cubans on Brioche... it was amazing! Love pulled pork!
Pro Skates: Anchored Coffee & Oddfellows Barbershop grand opening, Pop-up shop with Drifter Goods, Melody Hillman Ceramics & swinej. Oddfellows Invitational Mini-ramp contest.
Lost Cod Clothing Co.: Artist Bee Stanton was drawing on site! Final photo courtesy of @beejaedee
Amos Pewter: Artisan Demonstrations and personalized pewter City Harvest keepsakes.
Abode Boutique: Free gift from MOMA designs with any purchase over $20.
Duly Noted: Free Pumpkin Cookies from Cookie Cravings. Free Limited Edition City Harvest prints by Lisa Davie to first 50 customers.
Look who I found on their way to Krave Burger for round two of poutine!
Krave Burger: Back Door Takeout – $5 Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese with crispy fried onion ring. It was delicious! Perfect comfort food.
Wildflower Clothing: I always pop by for cupcakes, lemonade and 20% off shopping! Lots of new beautiful fall colours and textures.
Argyle Fine Art: Chris Hemsworth was on-site signing limited edition Heritage Moments prints. A special POP-UP Yoga Studio Session in the art gallery lead by Connie McInnes.
Alliance Francaise: Back Door Takeout – $2 crêpes with jam, Nutella and butter and sugar. Photos by Alana Correia.
Agricola Street Brasserie: Back Door Takeout. Photos by Alana Correia.
The Carrot Co-Op: Brand new community grocer! Photos by Alana Correia.
enVie: Back Door Takeout – $10 Creamy Butternut Squash Penne with Veggie Balls, $3.50 Pumpkin Pie Squares. Photos by Alana Correia.
Field Guide: Back Door Takeout – $5 Chinese Pork Bun, $2 hand crafted Fall soda. Photos by Alana Correia.
Hamachi Kita: Back Door Takeout – $10 Pad Thai or 12 pc sushi combo, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, California & Halifax Rolls. Photos by Alana Correia.
Highland Dr. Storehouse: Back Door Takeout – Meatball Sandwich. Photos by Alana Correia.
North Brewing Company: $1 off 750ml fills, $2 off 1.89l fills and 10% off merchandise. Photos by Alana Correia.
Nurtured Products for Parenting: Kids Activities & 2x Nurtured Points. Giant Tegu animal creations! Photos by Alana Correia.
Ratinaud French Cuisine: Back Door Takeout – Breakfast Sandwich. Photos by Alana Correia.
Independent Mercantile Co.: Pop-Up Tea Tasting with Satya & coffee with Emma & Sonny. Photos by Alana Correia.
Ace Burger: Turducken Burger, Chives: Stuffed squash, sage & pumpkin seed risotto croquette, Bishop's Cellar: samples of local wine and beer. Photos by Kathy Jollimore.
Field Guide: Chinese Pork Bun, 2 Doors Down: Local Beef & Pork Korean Chilli with Crispy Rice Sesame Cake, Indochine Banh Mi: Spicy BBQ Pork or Spicy BBQ Tofu Banh Mi. Photos by Kathy Jollimore.
La Frasca Cibi & Vini: Lorenzo's Grilled Salsiccia, Scanway Bakery & Cafe: Grilled Cheese featuring Oulton's Double Smoked Bacon & Dutchman's Gouda, DeeDee's: espresso gelato! Photos by Kathy Jollimore.
Phew! That's a lot to squeeze into one day! See you in the spring for Open City!