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Top Foodie-Inspired Must-Sees in Atlantic Canada
The seaside communities across Atlantic Canada feature some of the country’s best culinary customs and cuisine culture – from awesome foodie festivals and winery tours, to top-notch restaurants.
Plan a trip to the Maritime Provinces and come hungry; here are the Top Foodie-Inspired Must-Sees in Atlantic Canada:
Our Favourite Food Destinations
A Taste of History Brewery Tour
What better way to explore Atlantic Canada’s Craft Beer Capital than by hitting a guided brewery tour?
Available from June through October, the A Taste of History Brewery Tour explores some of Fredericton’s longstanding, fan-favourite breweries, as well as the newcomers to the local brew scene.
Halifax Food Truck Parties
If you’re visiting Halifax this summer, be sure to pack your appetite – the annual Halifax Food Truck Parties, held at locations in both Halifax and Dartmouth, feature some of the best locally made grub Nova Scotia has to offer.
There are generally four parties each year, from mid-June through mid-September, so check the schedule and plan your visit accordingly.
Halifax Seaport Beerfest
Don’t leave Halifax just yet – the Halifax Seaport Beerfest is one of Canada’s biggest craft beer events, held annually in early August at Cunard Centre and Pier 23.
On top of the delicious craft beer samples and festival foods provided by local pubs, restaurants, and breweries, festivalgoers will enjoy the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.
All across New Brunswick, Uncorked Tours offer a convenient and fun-filled way of discovering some of the province’s most beautiful cities and renowned wineries and breweries.
Uncorked Tours are offered in St. John, Fredericton, Moncton, and St. Andrews – checkout out tour highlights like the galleries in Uptown St. Andrews, the breweries along the St. John River, and the delicious blueberries grown on the Fundy Coast.
Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours
Discover the charm of Nova Scotia’s picturesque wine country with Grape Escapes Nova Scotia Wine Tours. The tours are available from early May through late October, each and every Saturday.
There are six different packages to choose from, including the Wine & Bistro Lunch Escape and the Wine & Dinner Escape, each beginning in Halifax for extra convenience.
Billy's Seafood Company
One of NB’s most beloved restaurants, Billy’s Seafood Company is a must-see stop for the hungry Saint John traveler.
Not only will you be subjected to some of the city’s freshest seafood, but you’ll also have the option of taking home everything from fresh salmon and haddock, to lobster and oysters, available at the on-site fish market.
In July, the coastal city of Yarmouth proudly hosts Seafest, the annual festival featuring all kinds of foodie-friendly events, including a pirate-themed pub-crawl, lobster boil, and a huge chowder cook-off. Even better, the festival is known for its wide variety of entertainment and events – don’t miss out!
Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival
For over two weeks every summer, the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival brings together communities across central Nova Scotia – from Amhert to Truro – as over 20 restaurants prepare special blueberry-inspired dishes and host special culinary events.
Plan a trip into Truro this summer and be a part of the festivities, which includes everything from pie-eating contests and baking competitions, to a blueberry wine fest and blueberry pancake breakfasts.
Discover the mouthwatering side of Moncton with a Taste This! walking food tour, available year-round.
The Best of Downtown tour makes stops at an award-winning gastropub and brewery, while the Hidden Gems of Foodies tour explores award-winning local foods and samples local and imported beers, among other delights.
Enjoy Some Ploye
When in Edmunston, you’d be remiss not trying ploye, a made-from-buckwheat, crepe-like treat, and one of the region’s most beloved native dishes.
The tastey morsel is served in many Madawaska Valley restaurants and eateries, including local-favorites like Vieux Poêle Steakhouse, the Hill Street Famers Market, and Station 127.
Good Cheer Trail
This culinary journey stops at some of Nova Scotia’s best wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, and cideries, offering samples of award-winning beverages along the way – from Yarmouth to Cape Breton. Even better, the trail doubles as a convenient way of seeing the beautiful countryside and some of its historical landmarks, like the Port Royal National Historic Site.
The Chowder Trail
Each summer, Nova Scotia’s Chowder Trail invites hungry visitors to sample the province's richest chowder recipes at more than 40 participating restaurants, from Halifax and the south shore, to Bay of Fundy and Cape Breton Island.
Check this year’s schedule, grab a Chowder Trail Passport, and start checking off locations.
Regional Potato Festival
Grand Falls residents celebrate Canada Day weekend with nearly a week’s worth of agriculture-themed events and festivities at the annual Regional Potato Festival. Come grab some festival goodies and enjoy the games and family-friendly fun, all found in downtown Grand Falls along Broadway Boulevard.
Have a Bite in Bathurst
While Bathurst may not boast a big-time foodie festival, it still features more than enough charm and mouth-watering activities.
Try your hand at hazelnut picking, enjoy the fresh seafood at the wharf, take scenic picnics on the beach, or peruse year-round farmers market on Monroe Street.
Durkshire Farms & Farmers Markets
When in Woodstock, be sure to check out Orchard Shade Farms, longtime growers of the delicious Durkshire Apples. Pick up a bushel August through February, with U-pick beginning in September.
As if that wasn’t enough – hit up one of Woodstock’s festive farmers markets for hosts of fresh and locally grown produce and vegetables, as well as baked goods, jams and jellies, and more.
Local markets include the Woodstock Farm & Craft Market, Hilltop Market, Grafton Bridge Market, and the Strawberry Farm Market