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Four Culinary Experiences That'll Keep Your Spirits Bright

Whoever it was that said that winter sucks, surely doesn't live in Nova Scotia. Sure, the snow plows have a way of dampening spirits, but here in Halifax we know a thing or two about making the most of a situation, and these four events are examples of how we go about it.

1) The Fourth Annual Craft Beer & Local Food Celebration

Thursday, January 12 at 7:00pm

This is Local Connections Halifax's annual craft beer and local food winter flagship. It keeps getting better every year, and this year no less than 16 craft breweries and 16 local eateries will be on hand, crafting some deliciously local food and drink pairings. Throw in a couple of local cider producers and the Mike Cowie Quartet, and you have a party! Tickets are, as always, all-inclusive, and in limited supply.

2) The Kitchen Table

Online reservation required.

If you've ever found yourself watching Chef's Table on Netflix, wishing that you could experience this style of dining in Halifax, well, you can. The Kitchen Table, located inside Ratinaud French Cuisine in the North End, offers 8-course tasting experiences that are changing almost weekly. Prices, for what you get, are very reasonable (we call it Halifax pricing). You also have the option of booking wine pairings, which we recommend.

3) Nova Scotia Icewine Festival

February 25 – 26, March 4 – 5, 12 pm – 4 pm

The Nova Scotia Icewine Festival is perhaps best described as fabulous and accessible, and is a wonderful reminder why we love the Annapolis Valley so much. The name can be a bit deceiving though, as the Nova Scotia Icewine Festival is actually more about showcasing wines in winter than it is about ice wine specifically. That's not to say you can't have a glass of ice wine, you can, but you can also have wines of any style, while choosing from a very good selection of food pairings. The best part about this event is perhaps the price. At $25, how can you go wrong?

4) Savour Food & Wine Festival

January 26 to March 9

The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia's annual food and drink festival has become a Halifax tradition, which has seen the addition of new events over the years. There's something for everyone. Whether you're into wine, beer, dining, chocolates, or cocktails, RANS has you covered. They even have a Dine Around program, which takes you out of the ballrooms and right into local restaurants.

See? Winter ain't so bad.