If there was one day to really see Halifax, it’s City Harvest. Or rather Open City, it’s Spring counterpart.
Now in it’s second year, it’s safe to say both Open City and City Harvest have been huge successes, a resounding high five between local businesses and those supporting them. The day sees the city’s best, from its chefs and farmers to its museums and small businesses, put on display, reminding us all how much there is to love on our own doorsteps.
Open City would never have been possible if it wasn’t for the hard work of Gordon Stevens of I Love Local Halifax. By working tirelessly to encourage Haligonians to support local businesses, it’s safe to say Gordon has done more for our city than those governing. Honestly. He has set the standard for creating a sustainable local economy and Open City is its manifestation.
Past Open City and City Harvest events Brent and I explored the city together, eating everything in sight along the way. This time was no different save for the accompanying posse. Kelly and I threw together a tour schedule and invited the Halifax Food Bloggers and friends on a City Harvest tour. And by tour I obviously mean eating and walking and eating and walking with some food photography thrown in. With some friends plus bloggers Dallas, Katie, and Michelle along for the ride, the company couldn’t have been better.
Though we certainly didn’t see the crowds we had in previous years, it became clear once we hit the waterfront, the entire city was at the Food Truck Ralley. The first of its kind in our city, folks came out in droves to get their fill. By the time we arrived, lines were long and an hour wait was imminent. Now near the end of our tour, we were all full enough to keep on. Looks like I’ll be making that trek to Bedford to check out Tin Pan Alley and Bite Me Urban Diner after all.
It’s quite clear the highlight of our City Harvest was the food, the plethora of ‘back door take-out’ focusing on the Fall harvest. But, to be honest, City Harvest meant so much more. It was about spending time with friends, experiencing the city by foot, sharing in our excitement over our amazing local cuisine, and connecting with the people – the chefs, business owners and producers – that make it all possible.
It was and will continue to be a truly amazing way to experience Halifax in a day.
Clockwise from top left: Ace Burger Co., EnVie, DeeDees, Ratinaud, Propeller & Tess, Saege, Moda, Estia, 2 Doors Down, Morris East, Bishops Cellar, Garrison & Getaway Meat Mongers