One of my favourite events of the year, the IncrEDIBLE Picnic put on by Select Nova Scotia, is coming back to exhibition halls, parks, markets and community centres across Nova Scotia in August. Picnic fans may remember that in the past the Halifax picnic has been on Citadel Hill’s Garrison Grounds, and that last year there was no Halifax picnic due to weather that was so consistently dastardly that you’d think Mother Nature had tied sunshine to some train tracks, and spent the last half of August twirling her moustache.
If it’s not clear by now, I am pretty excited about the prospect of this year’s community get-together.
In case you’re not familiar with the IncrEDIBLE Picnic, it brings together local farmers, producers and restaurants at a picnic site where members of the community can sit down in a big communal picnic and enjoy some excellent Nova Scotian food. The picnics are peppered throughout the province, so ants are going to get a workout wandering from one location to another. If while the ants are carrying 20 times their body weight from picnic to picnic, you want to try to eat 20 times your body weight by hitting all of them, here’s when and where they’re happening:
August 1 – Windsor
Hants County Exhibition
August 8 – Truro
Downtown Civic Square
August 15 – Wolfville
Noggins Corner Farm
Muir Murray Winery
August 22 – Dartmouth
August 22 – Mabou
Mabou Community Centre
August 22 – Musquodoboit Harbour
Musquodoboit Harbour Farmers Market
August 22 – Annapolis Royal
Annapolis Royal Farmers and Traders Market
Incidentally, there was just a report on CBC about how Nova Scotia’s don’t eat local. This is our chance to ’em wrong!