Whether you like to get outside for a crisp walk along the Halifax boardwalk or indulge in some hearty comfort food, almost everyone loves to enjoy autumn. This weekend is the perfect time to do just that—City Harvest is being held Saturday, October 20th at local restaurants and shops around Halifax and Dartmouth. The spirit of community comes alive during the annual event: Haligonians come out to support local businesses, who in turn offer promotions and specials such as off-menu backdoor takeout, free samples, and discounts.
Coinciding with Small Business Week, it’s the perfect time to plan your day around enjoying what our city has to offer. In downtown Halifax, Waterfront Development is making this year’s City Harvest even more accessible by offering complimentary parking in their Lower Water Street parking lots. In this article, we’ve provided tips on how to make the most out of your City Harvest local adventure.
Sip Some Samples
City Harvest is a great opportunity to try something new! For instance, Bishop’s Cellar will be pouring free samples from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM—you may discover a new favourite wine. They will also be running some fun contests in store and online throughout the day, so be sure to add Bishop’s Cellar to your “must visit” list when planning out your afternoon.
If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, head over to Juice Press for one of their fall-flavoured juices such as Pumpkin Patch Smoothie or Sweet Potato Pie.
Taste Local Flavours
After you’ve enjoyed backdoor takeout from places like Durty Nelly’s, Stubborn Goat, and East of Grafton, enjoy a hand paddled ice cream from Sugah! Confectionary for only $3! The best thing about eating ice cream in the fall is that it doesn’t melt as quickly—but with all the delicious flavours and toppings it won’t last that long anyway.
Start Your Holiday Shopping at Local Boutiques
Even though summer is still fresh in our memories, it’s not too early to start your holiday shopping. For those who live away and may be missing home, a gift from Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory is sure to put a smile on their face. During City Harvest, Rum Runners is offering 20% off all giftware and clothing!
While you’re at Bishop’s Landing, stop into MXM Fashion Studio where you can pick up clothing and accessories for your loved ones (or for yourself). New in stock are luxurious 80% cashmere tank tops, perfect for layering as the weather gets cooler.
Whether you enjoy City Harvest with your family, solo, or make it an afternoon date, show your love for local business on social media to encourage others to participate. Use the hashtag #CityHarvest and tag us in your posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when you’re visiting the retailers at Bishop’s Landing.