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Six ways to taste summer 

Food and drink events that serve up a totally Nova Scotian experience.

  • illustration by Jessica Hartjes

Food Truck Parties
The Coast gathers all of your favourite food trucks—plus other snacks, beer and cider—for this third annual series. Pro tips from a FTP veteran: Bring cash and patience, wear comfortable shoes, be prepared to wait, bring friends and divide and conquer. Also, pre-party fasting doesn’t hurt.
June 16, Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer Street; July 21 and August 18, King’s Wharf, 30 King’s Wharf Place; September 15, Halifax waterfront

Keith’s new/old brewery
The historic Alexander Keith’s Brewery has been revamped and renovated to allow for small-batch brewing by brewmaster Stefan Gagliardi. He’ll release Keith’s newest beer—the Cornerstone Edinburgh Pale Ale—at the brewery’s open house on Thursday,June 16.
June 16, Alexander Keith’s Brewery, 1496 Lower Water Street

Big Summer Solstice Picnic The Common Roots Urban Farm hosts a down-to-earth public picnic right in the community garden. Celebrate the longest day of the year with live music, stories and food—you can buy on-site from enVie, Local Source and the CRUF market stand or feel free to bring your own basket. There’ll be furniture from Wicker Emporium (for sitting, and silent auction) but maybe bring a blanket, too.
June 21, Common Roots Urban Farm, Robie Street and Bell Road, 4-7pm, free

Strawberry Social
An entire event that centres on the summer’s biggest sweetie, strawberry shortcake. Biscuits, berries and cream are the dream team here, but there’ll be music and lemonade, too.
July 9, Cole Harbour Farm Museum, 471 Poplar Drive, 2-4pm, $5.50-$11

Dock and Dine
An annual series that pairs an evening paddle with East Coast Outfitters in Prospect with a local-inspired meal—prepared right on the dock—from chef Dennis Johnston. The menu remains a mystery at press time, but the experience is guaranteed to be great.
July 10, August 7 & September 11, Lower Prospect Road, $30 (paddle), $60+ grat. (dinner), $85+ grat. (paddle + dinner), 4-9pm, 902-852-2567

The Wolfville Magic Winery Bus
Taking the bus isn’t so bad when you know there’s wine to be had at the end of the trip. This magical double-decker kicks off its summer season on June 30, taking thirsty, responsible wine lovers from Wolfville to four valley wineries Thursday through Sunday.
June 30-October 16, Thursday-Sunday, Wolfville Visitor Information Centre,$30/$40,


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