This weekend I finally had a chance to explore our neighbourhood. And we’ve discovered that we live in a very fine neighbourhood indeed. On Saturday night we enjoyed dark ‘n stormies at Fables, a pub in Tatamagouche run by the Loquacious Compendium Society - of which we are the two newest members. We saw Matthew Hornell who is one of my all-time favourite musicians and what a treat to see him in such a small and beautiful venue with only 20 other people. Awesome.
On Sunday we participated in an amazing Slow Food event held at Waldegrave Farm. As they say on their website, Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. To do that, Slow Food brings together pleasure and responsibility, and makes them inseparable. You mean eating delicious, locally-grown food is acting responsibily!? Sign me up!
We arrived at Waldegrave to the smell of lamb cooking and garlic roasting in the stone oven they had recently built. We toured their market garden and greenhouses and learned about sustainable agriculture, made lots of new friends and best of all, were cooked a delicious meal by Craig Flinn of the tasty Halifax-based Chives Bistro and Chris Aemi of the Rosemount Inn in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick. It was a really special day – people of all ages and backgrounds, hailing from all corners of the province, coming together to celebrate food with a glorious harvest feast. We both felt really lucky to be a part of it.