slow food on a sunday

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.




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  • September 19, 2011 - 12:20 pm

    Kerri Touesnard - Wow that looks like an amazing time and amazing food! Like something out of a Martha Stewart magazine…seriously :)ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2011 - 8:07 pm

    Laura - Looks like you had a beautiful day for a slow food feast!! Glad to hear it was fun and delicious!!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2011 - 10:47 am

    Dawn - AMAZING!! So glad you are enjoying your new home! Makes me soo happy! xoxox Cant wait to see you next weekend!! :)ReplyCancel

  • September 26, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    Aurora - Love the hay-bale benches – it gives me a great idea for some new refurbished patio tables as ours are falling apart. The pics are great and the spread looks amazing – I’ve got to get to one of these! (It’s hard when you live in two places and your life is like camping… but I’m trying!)ReplyCancel

  • September 27, 2011 - 12:12 am

    Melissa Velden - Wonderful photos of a wonderful day. Makes me happy to be in Nova Scotia. Our daughter Adelina is the little one in purple holding the flowers in the photo, thanks for the smile!ReplyCancel

  • October 10, 2011 - 10:17 pm

    Michael Howell - What a beautiful day, and what great photos. thanks for making a nice record of this day. wished I’d been there.ReplyCancel

  • October 16, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Remembering Waldegrave Farm Visit | Slow Food Nova Scotia - […] out her blog for her memories and […]ReplyCancel

  • October 18, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    Zoe -SlowMama - Oh, these made me homesick! You captured the SlowFood ethos so well in these pics. Wish I could have been there. Happy settling into your new home!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Brenda Leenders - I am a memeber of Slow Food Northumberland Shore, and have been tasked with drafting ideas for some promo poster boards. Naturally we want to use local photos depicting our events, spirit, purpose. Can we include your photo ‘Weekend fun 57’, with three children starting to eat their lunch? I have a powerpoint mock up as to where we hope to use it. Will need to know how you wish to have your work recognized. Thanks, Brenda Leenders
    We hope to have this ready for Seedy Sat Feb 25th.ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2012 - 2:08 pm

    Brenda Leenders - Christine, I’m hoping that you are back, and still around NS somewhere. Can we connect to get our final Slow Food Northumberland Shore poster done with your photo? Email me back and we can go from there. Thanks.ReplyCancel