July Events Roundup

July always starts with huge Canada Day celebrations in both downtown Halifax and Dartmouth — a great way to kick off a fantastic month full of fun festivals and events. With Canada Day AND the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo happening, the first day of July is always buzzing with excitement. One of my favourite things to do is check out the free concert at Alderney Landing (this year the Arkells are headlining) by taking the ferry from the Halifax waterfront, there are so many people out and about, the vibe is awesome. The Tattoo extends to Tuesday, July 7, so be sure to take in at least one of the performances — it’s a guaranteed fun time for all ages.

Right after the Tattoo ends, Halifax Jazz Festival begins! Music lovers, you’re in luck, the headliners for this year’s event (as always) are incredible. The great thing about this festival is that it’s not just jazz — there’s blues, R&B, hip-hop, funk, latin and world music. I know I’ll be there to see Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings! Plus, there’ll be an array of food trucks this year.

Speaking of food trucks — the July edition of The Coast’s Halifax Food Truck Party is on July 16th, just across the street from us in the parking lot of the Museum of Natural History, and they always offer admission by donation during the party until the museum closes!

Overlapping with Jazz Fest is Lebanese Festival, which begins on July 9 and goes through July 12. This one is very close to our hotel, just a five minute walk down to the Saint Antonios Antiochian Orthodox Church on Windsor Street, and has a huge outdoor component. What a great time, with lots of fantastic food (zaatar prepared traditionally on the saj) music, dancing, and even shopping. Admission is free, so there’s really no excuse not to check it out.

Halifax Pride — Canada’s fourth largest pride festival — begins on July 16 and ends on July 26. The day you really want to mark your calendar for is July 25, when the Pride Parade takes over downtown Halifax! There’s a TON of associated events with Pride, and a big ol’ kick-off happening at Grand Parade the first day.

On July 26, you can have the chance to slide down a giant slip-n-slide in downtown Halifax. Sounds crazy to me, but it should be a lot of fun… Slide the City is starting on Citadel Hill, and you can pre-register for your pass to slide on their website.

And last but not least, to cap off July and take us into August, is the beloved Halifax International Buskers Festival. But more about that in the next blog post…

Have fun!

 

photo source: The Coast
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June 2015 Events Round-up

source: multifest.ca

There’s a LOT happening in Halifax over the month of June, the official start to our summer! Nova Scotia hosts a heavy festival and events season over the summer, understandably, and it all really starts to take off in June. Here’s a glance at events happening near us:

FIVB World League Volleyball is coming to the Scotiabank Centre (June 5-6th, 2015) where you can watch the Canadian men’s team take on Argentina. As part of the international FIVB men’s and women’s volleyball competition, this is a unique experience in Halifax.

Mark your calendar for Doors Open Halifax (June 6-7, 2015) the only weekend where you can enter buildings in HRM with historic or contemporary architectural significance that normally aren’t accessible to the public! A great cultural event and fantastic way to learn more about Halifax’s history and architectural influences, new and old.

Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival, or MultiFest (June 26-28), is always a fantastic family event, with generous children’s programming, delicious ethnic food and great entertainment. This year the festival will offer an event in Dartmouth, a health and wellness series and the Multifest parade, in addition to the feature festival weekend at the Halifax Seaport.

Don’t forget… the Nova Scotia Open (Web.com Tour) kicks off on June 29… check back for our July event highlights for more information on this!

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Culinary 101: Latin American Food Experience

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The next edition of executive chef Luis Clavel’s highly successful series of cooking classes, Culinary 101, is coming back on April 25 with a very special surprise. Chef will be joined by his absolute favourite chef in Halifax: Maria Ramos, his mom!

Perfect timing to ramp up for Mother’s Day! Don’t miss your chance to learn to cook from a member of Culinary Team Canada, and one of the best chefs in the country. This is a unique opportunity to see chef in action with the woman who influenced his love of great food. Chef and his mom will be creating the Latin American Food Experience.

As always, any skill level is welcome!

Menu:

  • Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas) Puerto Rico/Latin Caribbean
  • Pupusas (cheese and sour cream stuffed tortillas) -  El Salvador/Latin Central American
  • Tamales – steamed masa dumpling with pork, olive and raisins – Mexico/Latin North American
  • Flan de leche – coconut flavored crème caramel – Colombia/Latin South American

Saturday April 25, 3-5pm

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today! 

$25 per person plus applicable taxes

For reservations or inquiries please call 902.490.3366 or email jkline@atlanticahalifax.com

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Events Roundup: Spring 2015

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What Halifax looks like in the spring. In case you forgot.

 

The extended winter season in Halifax may have you forgetting that there are a number of fantastic spring (and summer) events lined up, just around the corner. While we’re all waiting for that snow to melt, make plans to get out of the house and enjoy a fantastic event in Halifax in this season.

Halifax Comedy Fest

Celebrating it’s 20th year, the funniest festival in Halifax is bigger than ever, with several downtown venues and some very big names in comedy. A couple headliners include Harland Williams, Caroline Rhea, and Mark Critch, just to name a few. This year there will also be a lunchtime show at the Halifax Central Library! It’s all happening April 22-25, check out all the details here.

Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week

The Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia, working with partner Local Connections Halifax, have put together the first annual, week-long festival celebrating local craft beer, May 8-17. With events all over the city at various pubs and restaurants, along with the flagship festival happening just down the road from us at Olympic Community Centre, this is a great reason to be in Halifax over Victoria Day long weekend this May. More details here.

East Coast Guitar Festival

Add another cool event to the growing list of reasons to visit Halifax this spring. The first ever East Coast Guitar Fest, an all-ages, three-day show happening at the Cunard Centre April 24-26. The event is a combination of large evening concerts, a daytime trade show, and other special events. Whether you’re a music lover, guitar collector, or musician, it sounds like there’s something for everyone. Read more about it here.

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Our Amazing Easter Brunch

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You’ve worked hard shovelling snow all winter long, and now spring is (kind of) finally here! Take a break with the family and head out for Easter Brunch this year. Our amazing brunch buffet has something for absolutely everyone.

~Easter Brunch 2015~

Sunday, April 5 11am until 1:30pm

Selections of bread rolls, loafs and crackers

Whipped butter

Beginnings

Seafood chowder

Grilled romaine salad, sourdough croutons, lardons and garlic dressing

Dried fruit Waldorf salad- soft quinoa, toasted savoury granola

Pork and chicken dumpling salad, shiitake and sesame mayonnaise

Portabella mushroom and asparagus salad with balsamic glaze

Focaccia salad with feta, roasted tomatoes, olive vinaigrette

Platters

Selection of domestic and international cheeses

Maritime seafood platter with marinated mussels and smoked salmon, seafood Cajun salad, and pickled fish

Charcuterie platter – selection of condiments and pickles

Atlantica sushi experience

Early day

Sweet potato and raisin breakfast sautéed

Linked Italian sausage

Peppercorn-crusted bacon

Huevos rancheros

Cracked pot beans and molasses

Crispy cinnamon toast with maple cream

Mangolicious smoothie

Carver

Smoked brisket Kentucky style – bourbon BBQ sauce

Mains

Chicken spanakopita – asiago, roasted red pepper- basil sour cream sauce

Thai style peanut braised shrimp finished with cilantro and lime

In house smoked double pork chops with maple gastrique

Wild mushroom gnocchi – brown butter finish

Vegetable of the day

Desserts

Peanut caramel cheese cake,
Award-winning Bavarian cake
Italian cookies and macaroons
Seasonal fruit with mango fondue
Double crème brulée,
Upside down panna cotta,
Mousse verrines
Chocolate extravaganza, mini gourmet pies, chocolate soup with toasted brownies
Nitrogen ice cream- various garnishes

Hot Dessert: white chocolate bread pudding and traditional apple crisp with Chantilly cream

$55.95 per person

Taxes and gratuities not included

For reservations please call 902.490.3331 or email jkline@atlanticahalifax.com

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