In America, people often rib their Canadian neighbors about Canadian cuisine. They supposedly eat poutine for every meal with the occasional exception of a moose steak and wash everything down with watery beer.
In reality, Canadian food is no joke, and that rings especially true in the maritime province of Nova Scotia. Here are a few foods not to miss the next time you are in the area.
Being a coastal province, you can expect amazing fresh seafood basically everywhere. You will find some of the world’s best sea scallops, haddock, cod, and clams, to name just a few favorites. The real king, however, is lobster. You can’t call yourself the best dining restaurant Dartmouth NS has without it.
The summer months are especially kind to Nova Scotia, and the harvest of delectable summer vegetables is something to look forward to. Hodge podge is essentially a light summer stew of mixed local veggies like beans, potatoes, peas, carrots, and anything else your garden gives you. It’s simmered with butter and cream and is the comfort food that embodies Canadian summertime.
The donair may be found in other parts of Canada, but it originated in Halifax, NS. This king of street foods is the go-to meal after going to a hockey game but can also be found on the menu of nice restaurants. It is spit-roasted spiced beef sliced onto a pita and topped with tomatoes, onions, shredded lettuce, and donair sauce. It contains all the food groups! It’s been the official food of Halifax since 2015 for good reason.
Another specialty is wild blueberries. This delicious treat is the focus of the famous Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival that is celebrated in late August all across the central regions of Nova Scotia. Perhaps the most famous dessert is called blueberry grunt, a dish of stewed blueberries with sweet dumplings.
The next time you visit Nova Scotia, be sure and indulge in the local fresh seafood, a bowl of hodge podge, a donair, and certainly a helping of blueberry grunt. Also, try the lobster poutine when no one’s looking.