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Whether you’re here for Halifax’s famous lobster and seafood chowder or its up-and-coming wines, you’re sure to have an unforgettable food experience. Forbes Travel Guide’s editors have sorted out which foods you shouldn’t miss sampling when you visit this Nova Scotia city.
1. Seafood chowder. Creamy and rich, packed with hearty chunks of potato and tasty bites of fish, seafood chowder is the essential Atlantic Canadian comfort food and the ideal pick-me-up for a foggy Halifax day. On the Halifax waterfront, one of the best spots to find it is Salty’s on Lower Water Street. This seafood specialty spot offers a chowder jammed with local fish and shellfish, plus a unique lobster, corn and bacon chowder.
2. French fries. Try them unadorned and hot from the fryer, or as they’re served in the French-influenced Canadian maritimes as a dish called poutine, or fries doused in gravy and sprinkled with curd cheese. In the summer, locals love to visit Spring Garden Road for an informal lunch of crisp french fries made from golden Prince Edward Island potatoes drowned in malt vinegar and salt. Find the food trucks in front of the library on Spring Garden Road (Bud the Spud is the granddaddy of them all), get a piece of golden fried fish with your chips, grab a seat on the wall and watch the world go by.
3. Community lobster suppers. In villages all over the Maritimes, you’ll find small informal halls jammed with dozens of locals, feasting together on fresh boiled lobster, mussels, potato salad and all the fixings. The community lobster suppers are a cherished tradition. To experience one while in Halifax, take a 45-minute drive west to the Shore Club Lobster Supper in Hubbards. These events are wildly popular, so make a reservation.
4. Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market. Every Saturday, foodies swarm to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market at the crack of dawn. Despite its spiffy new home — a state of the art, earth-friendly building on Marginal Road — this is the oldest farmers’ market in North America. You’ll find countless goodies to take away or sample while there: rich lamb sausages, tangy saltwater taffy, gooey cinnamon buns, homemade jams and jellies and so much more.
5. Wineries of Annapolis Valley. Just an hour’s drive northwest of Halifax is the Annapolis Valley, one of Canada’s hottest wine regions, where a vibrant cluster of innovative wineries are producing award-winning vintages. Discover the region with the Between the Vines tour from Go North Tours. You’ll enjoy tastings at three wineries, have lunch at Restaurant Le Caveau (named one of the world’s top 20 winery restaurants), plus visit the Fox Hill Cheese House and Tangled Gardens, where they create unique jams and jellies. It’s an epicurean’s dream day.