City Harvest is a yearly event organized by I Love Local
Hfx, “a group of Community minded independent businesses that are
committed to supporting and strengthening our Community and to making Halifax
an exciting and vibrant place to shop, eat and live,” according to their
website. Each fall Halifax businesses offer deals and special events for the
It was a beautiful day, so I took my 1-year-old son
Jefferson and we went exploring! As much as I wanted to visit every Chamber
member involved with the day, that just wasn’t possible, so I picked out a few things that he and I could do together.
Our first stop was Propeller Brewery,
where Tess had a pop-up shop set up. There we ordered
a pumpkin crepe, filled with grilled veggies and a garlic aioli. We both agreed that it was DELICIOUS, a
perfect fall treat.
Our bellies full, our next stop was Woozles, a kids’ books-and-more store I have been visiting since I was young. (I used to
be allowed to pick out one sticker to buy.) The highlight of the visit for
Jefferson was their setup of wooden trains – I think he would have been happy
to just hang out there for the whole day and play! Their City Harvest promotion
was a free book for each visitor, which you could choose from their box of
advanced reading copies they get sent on a regular basis. I love the idea that
they are recycling these books by passing them on to encourage young readers,
instead of just turfing them in the recycling bin. We chose one called “Mack
and Muck,” about a tractor who gets jealous when a new baby tractor comes to
Once I tore Jefferson away from the trains, we headed for
Laing House. According to their website, “Laing
House is a peer support organization for youth living with mental illness,
where members can embrace their unique gifts and find their way in a caring and
supportive environment. Laing House youth are between 16 and 30 years of age
and have a diagnosis of mood disorder, psychosis, and/or anxiety disorder.” The
house is a Victorian mansion on Barrington Street, which has been serving as a
drop-in centre since 2001. Balloons and chalk drawings on the sidewalk drew us
into the house, where there was a great set-up for making your own buttons –
with paper, crayons and pastels, magazines to cut pictures out of, ribbon, and
(best of all) glitter, you could create your own design (or two) and then
run it through the nifty button-making machine to make a pin to take with you!
Jefferson created his own masterpiece with crayon and pastel, while I made a
glittery bird pin.
Once we had had our fill of arts and crafts, we walked down
to Garrison Brewery for some more tasty food
(Tacos El Pastor Borracho made with beer braised beef and a fresh ‘Nova Scotian
harvest slaw’) and a sample (for me, not the baby) of spicy harvest ale.
After a blustery walk along the waterfront boardwalk, our
next stop was Bishop’s Cellar, where staff were
pouring samples of some local wines; I had a taste of this year’s Nova 7. There
were also three varieties of grape laid out for visitors to taste, so I also
got to try the grapes that go into the same Nova 7, as well as two other
varieties. Jefferson was happy to be able to participate in that kind of wine
tasting as he happily gobbled all three varieties of grape and then asked for more.
We walked a little further along the waterfront while we ate
some ice cream, and wandered past the Segway Nova Scotia booth. I looked longingly at the Segways lined up waiting for riders, but since
you can’t really push a baby stroller and ride one at the same time, I had to
decline. I joked (half-seriously) to the attendant that they should modify the
baby carrier from the bike shop across the pathway, so I could take Jefferson
for a ride!
We had a great day exploring what our city has to offer,
sampling tasty goodies and participating in fun events. We can’t wait to see
what’s on the go for next year!
Jennifer Pierce is the Member Services Specialist at the Halifax Chamber of Commerce. If you would like to request a member visit please contact Jennifer. She can be reached at (902) 481-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.