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Slow Food Nova Scotia's Spring Supper

Saturday May 2, 2015 at 6:30pm

It's baaaaccck! The 6th Annual Slow Food Nova Scotia Spring Supper will take place on Saturday, May 2nd in Dartmouth. Grab your tickets for one incredible meal featuring Mark Gray (The Brooklyn Warehouse), Chris Velden (The Flying Apron Cookery), Chef Craig Flinn (Chives Canadian Bistro), Andrew Farrell (2 Doors Down), David Smart, Andrew Aitken & Sarah Griebel (Wild Caraway Restaurant and Café), Kristy Burgess (Lion & Bright Café Wine Bar) and Rob Reynolds (EDNA). If you're a current Slow Food member, you should have received a promo code for a significant discount ($30 savings!).

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Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

Friday May 8, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015

Join the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia May 8 - 17 as they celebrate Nova Scotia's first-ever Craft Beer Week. These 10 days will be packed with things some amazing craft beer related activities, which include the following signature events:

MAY 8 - Symphony Nova Scotia's Beer & Beethoven
MAY 9 - Open Brewery Day (at participating breweries)
MAY 10 - The 2015 Stillwell Open (SOLD OUT)
MAY 13 - Beer Cocktail Face-Off at Auction House
MAY 14 - The Science of Beer at the Discovery Centre
MAY 15 - Brews Cruise on the Tall Ship Silva
MAY 15 - Race the Kegs at Gahan House
MAY 16 - Full House at the Olympic Community Centre (SOLD OUT)
MAY 17 - Brewers Brunch at The Stubborn Goat

Along with the events listed above, there will be loads of tap takeovers, beer dinners, etc at participating restaurants. We'll do our best to list the best ones here on local connections.ca as they become available.

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Beer & Beethoven

Friday May 8, 2015 at 7:00pm

Join Symphony Nova Scotia Friday, May 8 at the Halifax Forum for Symphony Nova Scotia’s annual Beer & Beethoven fundraiser and help kick off the first ever Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week! This year we’re staying local –musical guest Dave Gunning takes to the stage with our musicians while you enjoy local craft beer (with sampling included from 7 to 8 pm) and meet the brewers.

Long & McQuade is bringing back their musical instrument zone – be sure to stop by and check out the instruments with our some of our musicians. Watch for our on-site fundraiser – funds raised support free community programming and concerts like our Family Series, Symphony Week and our work with school children. More details to follow.

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Craft Beer Week is a showcase of events to celebrate the Craft Beer creators in Nova Scotia. Here at the beach, we decided to make sure our guests got their fill of Craft Beer too.

We’ve created a full line-up on May 9th, so you can fill-up on the best of Nova Scotia!

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Open Brewery Day

Saturday May 9, 2015

Visit your local brewery for tours, tastings and to meet your brewer! See how Nova Scotia craft beer is made fresh and delicious.

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The 2015 Stillwell Open

Sunday May 10, 2015

Alright folks, this one should be hot.

In connection with the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia‘s Craft Beer Week, we’re hosting a friendly little showdown we’re calling The Stillwell Open.

It goes like this: The best and brightest breweries from Nova Scotia will go head-to-head on our wall on Sunday, May 10. We provide the challenge—this year, it’s “Brew your best backyard BBQ beer”, an intentionally broad theme that should see a variety of styles on the wall—and Nova Scotia brewers who want to step up to the plate take their best stab at it. We’ll accept 12 breweries/brewers, and then, on the day, serve those beers blind (only numbers on the wall, no names) for one ticketed session where the drinking public gets to judge and vote. Doors then open to the public at 5 pm, voting continues, and then from 6 ’til midnight, we write eliminated beers up on the wall one at a time, every half-hour, until we write the final beer up, at midnight, which will have been chosen by you as the champion of the 2015 Stillwell Open!

(The real winner will be, of course, the beer drinker.)

This non-serious competition will encourage thoughtful beer tasting. As Budweiser would say, these beers will be fussed over! This is also an opportunity to get together with beer fans and brewers in one room and have a party. For breweries, it’ll be a good chance to have your beers evaluated, blind, by your drinking public.

In the kitchen Graeme Ruppel & his crew, true to theme, will be putting out a special menu of backyard BBQ classics all day (and you already know that will be good).

Head over to barstillwell.com/theopen to get your tickets for the afternoon (first beer and first bite included in the ticket price), and/or stop in after 5 pm on Sunday, May 10, to try some amazing new beers!

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Fifth Wind

Sunday May 10, 2015 at 2:00pm

Fifth Wind Quintet, an emerging force on the music scene in Nova Scotia, winds up the 2014-2015 season of Cecilia Concerts. Fifth Wind, masters of a wide range of genres, is composed of some of the finest classical musicians in the province: Jack Chen (flute), Musician in Residence Suzanne Lemieux (oboe), Eileen Walsh (clarinet), Ivor Rothwell (bassoon) and Mary Lee (French horn). Beginning with Giovanni Cambini, the composer who likely wrote the first wind quintet around 1802, Fifth Wind will take us on a tour of “Three Centuries of Wind Quintets”. The wide ranging tour will include works by twentieth century composers Carl Nielsen, Paul Hindemith, and Gyorgy Ligeti.

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Four courses. Eight beers. Two breweries.

Join us for the first in our Brewmaster Dinner series as Big Spruce Brewery & Boxing Rock Brewery go head-to-head to each pair one of their own beer with each course of our locally sourced dinner created by Chef Kristy Burgess. Each course will feature one beer from Big Spruce and one beer from Boxing Rock - you decide which pairs better.

Brewers from both breweries will be on-site during the competition to chat about their beer, their company and their passion.

Only twenty tickets available. Please contact the event organizer with any allergies or dietary considerations.

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BEER COCKTAIL FACE-OFF

Wednesday May 13, 2015 at 7:00pm

Join the Auction House bartenders and your favourite Nova Scotia craft breweries as they design and face off with bespoke beer cocktails. Live music and a great time.

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Four courses. Eight beers. Two breweries.

Join us for the second in our Brewmaster Dinner series as Sea Level Brewing & Propeller Brewery go head-to-head to each pair one of their own beer with each course of our locally sourced dinner created by Lion & Bright Chef Kristy Burgess. Each course will feature one beer from Sea Level and one beer from Propeller - you decide which pairs better.

Brewers from both breweries will be on-site during the competition to chat about their beer, their company and their passion.

Only twenty tickets available. Please contact the event organizer with any allergies or dietary considerations.

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the Science of Beer (at the Discovery Centre)

Thursday May 14, 2015 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm

This fun-filled evening of science is one of the Signature Events during Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week. The event, which will be held at the Discovery Centre in downtown Halifax, will feature a total of 7 "Science of Beer" presentations from a hand-selected roster of local brew experts. Guests will also be treated to 12 different beers from 6 local craft breweries (Boxing Rock Brewing Company​, Garrison Brewing Co.​, North Brewing Company​, Propeller Brewing Company​, Wrought Iron Brewing Company​, and Sea Level Brewing​), and delicious snacks from 3 local eateries, including The Stubborn Goat Gastropub​, Morris East Restaurant​, and Ace Burger Company​.

Here's our list of beer science presentations:

MAIN THEATRE WITH ANGELINE MACLENNAN & CHRIS MCDONALD
How beer is made.

WROUGHT IRON BREWING
Off-tasting.

BOXING ROCK BREWING
The mashing process.

GARRISON BREWING
Strange ingredients.

NORTH BREWING
Wild fermentation.

PROPELLER BREWING
Yeast and fermentation.

SEA LEVEL BREWING
Hops.

Ticket booth is NOW OPEN!

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Beer Dinner at Lion & Bright ft. North Brewing

Thursday May 14, 2015 at 7:00pm

Join us for some North End Love with our neighbour North Brewing Co. for a four-course locally sourced dinner, paired with four locally crafted brews.

Spend the evening enjoying the menu created by Lion & Bright Chef Kristy Burgess, inspired by the beer of North Brewing. Menu items include mussel bouillabaisse, beer pretzels, IPA brined turkey roulade and rum raisin ice cream float.

North Brewing will be answering questions about their Belgian inspired beer and how they are working towards creating a zero emission brewery right here in Halifax.

Show the North End some love!

Only twenty tickets available. Please contact the event organizer with any allergies or dietary considerations.

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Brews Cruise

Friday May 15, 2015

Cruise the Halifax harbour on the Tall Ship Silva and enjoy craft beer from around Nova Scotia.

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Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon

Friday May 15, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015

The Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon has a variety of events for all fitness levels - walkers or runners. From the 4.2k Youth run to the 42.2k Full Marathon, there is something for everyone.

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Race the Kegs

Friday May 15, 2015 at 7:00pm

Join the arrival party at Gahan House for conspiracy brews from the North and the South of Nova Scotia. Craftbreweries from across the Province have teamed up to face off for this challenge, whichincludes racing the kegs of their conspiracy brews to Halifax Harbour by sail.

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Full House Craft Beer Fest

Saturday May 16, 2015

Join us on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Olympic Community Centre for the Nova Scotia FULL HOUSE Craft Beer Fest. This event will showcase all members of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia, so basically it's pretty much all the beers in Nova Scotia in one spot at one time (or two times if you do both sessions). Your ticket purchase includes access to the event, a Belgian-style take-home glass, and 12 beer samples of your choosing. Additional samples will be $1/each, while food will be available by cash purchase. There will also be entertainment, a pop-up craft beer swag shop, and many other amazing things.

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Brewers Brunch

Sunday May 17, 2015 at 11:00am – 2:00pm

Join The Stubborn Goat Gastropub for a most delicious brunch experience during the final day of Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week.

Grab your Craft Beer Week branded beer glass, which is yours to keep, and the first fill is included in the ticket price, along with the brunch of course. A special selection of craft brews from members of NS Craft Brewers Assocciation will be featured on tap during this event.

BRUNCH MENU

Omelets + eggs to order, with a selection of local + imported ingredients
Oulton’s ham, chutneys, house-made mustards
Stuffed leg of lamb, lemon confit, olives
Smashed rutabaga
D.I.Y. Mac 'n' Cheese!

HOT

Cedar planked Atlantic salmon
Butter chicken, basmati rice
Roasted vegetable lasagna, house-made ricotta, fire roasted tomatoes
Eggs benedict, hollandaise, chives
Bacon + house-made sausage
Roasted new baby potatoes

COLD

Organic greens
Roasted beet + feta salad
Caesar salad with sour dough croutons
House-cured gravlax
Charcuterie + patés
Scanway breads + pastries

SWEET

Warm waffles
Ice cream + sorbets
Fresh berries

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12 Tides - A Wine Tasting Event

Thursday June 4, 2015 at 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Discover Nova Scotia’s premium white wine, Tidal Bay. For the first time, taste the new 2014 vintages of Tidal Bay side by side.

Challenge your palate at the blind tasting bar, enjoy award-winning Nova Scotia seafood and hear from special guest speaker, Tony Aspler, accomplished wine educator and Canada’s leading wine writer.

Each winery will be pouring their 2014 Tidal Bay along with two other exciting new wines. See why Nova Scotia is blazing the appellation trail and unveil your senses with wine and food while overlooking Halifax Harbour.

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Brigadoon's Wine & Dash

Sunday June 14, 2015

Save the date, runners, walkers and wine lovers! Brigadoon's newest event, Brigadoon's Wine & Dash, takes place Sunday, June 14, 2015 in Nova Scotia's Gaspereau Valley!

Participants will complete a 10 mile route on foot by running, walking or both and have an opportunity to experience Nova Scotia vineyards in a new way, by enjoying different flavors of Nova Scotia wine along the route! Domaine de Grand Pre*, Luckett Vineyards*, l'Acadie Vineyards*, Gaspereau Vineyards*, located along the route, will host a wine experience and water stop.

This event will bring the community together to create awareness and raise funds for Brigadoon Village, while enjoying some of the most scenic views and tasty wine that the Valley has to offer!

Registration opens Monday, January 19, 2015. For more information please contact Kerri Ann Hillier by emailing kerriann.hillier@brigadoonvillage.org or by phoning 1-888-471-5666.

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Sausage Fest 2015 Program Launch

Tuesday June 30, 2015

THIS EVENT IS FOR MEDIA OR BY SPECIAL INVITATION ONLY

Join us for the official launch of Sausage Fest 2015. This year's program, dubbed "Rise of the Sausage" will feature a curated culinary and events program, a brand new mobile-friendly website, three Official Beers of Sausage Fest, two official T-shirts, and much, much more.

At this event you will have access to just about everything Sausage Fest, including some deliciously local sausages and beer, which we will be serving on an outdoor patio in Downtown Halifax.

For more information, contact: magazine@localconnections.ca