Nova Scotia Cuisine at Heart of Month-Long Savour Festival in Halifax

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Signature events -- Savour Food & Wine Festival and Nova Scotia Ice Wine Festival -- anchor Halifax, Nova Scotia’s culinary celebration

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“There is a real desire among foodies to try new things and increase their knowledge,” says Gordon Stewart, executive director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS).

Nova Scotia cuisine takes centre stage as Halifax gears up for a month-long celebration of all things local and delicious, just five months after hosting the inaugural Culinary Tourism Thought Leadership World Summit. Savour Food and Wine Month, kicking off February 1st, encourages locals and visitors to experience Halifax’s culinary culture. Rare wine tastings, wine and icewine pairing events, prix-fixe menus, and winery tours are just a few of the events planned.

The fourth annual Nova Scotia Ice Wine Festival, taking place at wineries and in restaurants across the province (February 3-13) is an ideal complement for Savour signature events Decadence (an evening of wine, chocolate and cheese – February 3), Rare and Fine Wines (rare and vintage wine tasting – February 18) and the Savour Dine Around (featuring special three-course menus at Halifax restaurants at a set price of between $35-and $45 – February 1-28).

“There is a real desire among foodies to try new things and increase their knowledge,” says Gordon Stewart, executive director of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia (RANS). “We aim to make the events educational as well as entertaining.” The Savour Food and Wine Show, the frequently sold-out foodie festival, is the culmination of the month of activities and takes place at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel on March 2nd. “The Savour Show is an opportunity to experience the best of Nova Scotia’s chefs, food and beverages in one place,” adds Stewart. “We started with the Savour show eight years ago and have expanded from one night to an entire month dedicated to our culinary appeal.”

“Halifax’s reputation as a destination for food-lovers was solidified when we were chosen to host the International Culinary Tourism World Summit,” says Patricia Lyall, Destination Halifax President & CEO. “Halifax chefs make magic with local ingredients. The Savour events are a wonderful way to showcase their talents and prove that we do live up to our reputation.”

The Destination Halifax culinary site offers information about culinary festivals and events, culinary Halifax vacation packages and links to Halifax restaurant listings.

To watch videos of chefs from Halifax restaurants creating signature local dishes or learn about Nova Scotia cuisine, visit: http://www.destinationhalifax.com/culinary.

Province of Nova Scotia, the Halifax Regional Municipality, the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia, the World Trade and Convention Centre, and participating industry members. Since its inception in 2002, Destination Halifax has operated with a goal of promoting the Halifax Regional Municipality as a year-round destination of choice for business and leisure travelers.

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