Start Prepping for the Holidays Now on the Halifax Waterfront

It’s official; the holidays are on the way! With the first snowfall in Halifax out of the way and some decorations starting to pop up around the city, it’s hard to resist the holiday cheer.

The very best part of the holidays is celebrating with friends you don’t see as often as you’d like, spending quality time with family, and relaxing with wine, spirits, and delicious holiday snacks. We’re all about enjoying the finer things in life during the holiday season.

If you’re experiencing any worry over preparing for the holidays, we’re here to make it easy so you can enjoy yourself without any panic. Here’s our list of ways you can start preparing for the holidays right now to ensure everything is ready before the parties, dinners, and events get underway!

Board with meat, cheese, and a knifeStock Up on Drinks and Extras Before Your Party

Are you hosting this year? Make sure you have everything on-hand so you’re not running out at the last minute to pick up forgotten items!

  • Stock up on wine, beer, and spirits. Bishop’s Cellar has been chosen as the best liquor and wine store in Halifax yet again for 2017 by The Coast’s readers. Bishop’s Cellar has a great selection and a highly-knowledgeable staff, so drop in and they’ll help you determine what your guests will love and how much you’ll need.
  • Get a local, crowd-pleasing dessert. Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory makes the best rum cakes in town, from scratch, right on the Halifax waterfront. Don’t worry about baking before your party, just drop into Rum Runners and let them handle dessert—you’re busy enough already!
  • Don’t forget the extras! Haskapa produces delicious local preserves like jam, chutney, and savoury relish, all of which are a perfect addition to your cheese and cracker plate or charcuterie board. Pick up a few interesting flavours and introduce your guests to Nova Scotia’s very own haskap berries.

Dress to Impress

If you have a special clothing item that doesn’t get much wear, the holidays are the perfect opportunity to show it off. Dig through your closet to find that perfect piece and visit String & Theory to make sure it’s in tiptop shape. String & Theory’s dry-cleaning and alteration services will have your holiday outfit looking fresh and fitting like a glove. Don’t wait too long, though—you want to make sure you get that outfit back just in time for your holiday party!

Having that “I have nothing to wear” feeling? Alexa Pope can dress you for the holidays with clothing and accessories that are on trend. From sweaters and skirts to party dresses and jewelry, they’ll help you find the perfect outfit for any type of holiday gathering.

Book a Holiday Party Well in Advance

Are you thinking about hosting a holiday party for your friends, family, or coworkers? Act now and book a venue to prevent yourself from being stuck with nowhere to celebrate!

Hamachi Steakhouse Bar and Grill is a fantastic place to treat your group to a unique dining experience. The restaurant offers holiday group menus, ranging from $40 a person to $65 a person, featuring surf and turf dishes and delicious desserts and sides. To view more in-depth menus and book your party at Hamachi on the waterfront, visit their website.

Bottle of wine in a gift box

Start Picking Up Stocking Stuffers and Host Gifts

You may have your list of giftees ready, but are you sure you aren’t forgetting anyone? During all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget the small details like stocking stuffers, host and hostess gifts, Secret Santa gifts, or a little something for your co-workers.

Luckily, the Halifax waterfront has tons of local, unique, and affordable gift options.

  • Everyone loves something sweet. No matter how hard to buy for someone is, they’ll love to indulge in delicious treats made in Nova Scotia. Sugah!’s candy and chocolate use the best local ingredients, ensuring a rich and quality taste.
  • How about a unique gift they can’t get anywhere else? Moon Moon Cosmetics is Halifax’s Asian Beauty Store, selling everything from cosmetics and skin care to fun accessories like phone cases. Their items make great stocking stuffers, or grab a few items and put together a cute spa-themed gift basket for a great hostess gift!
  • A bottle of wine is always appreciated.

    can help you find the perfect bottle to bring to holiday dinner or to help complete a gift. They’re even hosting a Staff Wish List Tasting on December 1st at 5 p.m., so get your tickets now to attend the tasting and find out what the best bottles of 2017 are according to the knowledgeable staff at Bishop’s Cellar! Get your tickets for $30 each here.

Feeling a little more relaxed about the holidays? We hope so!

Bishop’s Landing is your one-stop-shop when it comes to holiday preparation. Whether you’re shopping for gifts or getting ready to host a party, you’ll find what you need on the waterfront. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to keep up with what’s new at Bishop’s Landing, and be sure to visit us in December to see our beautiful lights and decorations!


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Making Health a Priority With Help From the Halifax Waterfront

October 23, 2017

Remember last year when the temperature dropped in Halifax, and as a result, you started to feel a little under the weather? People are more prone to illnesses like the cold or the flu during the colder months, causing an increase in sick days from work, a decrease in social interaction, and even worse—a high level of discomfort.

While we still haven’t found a cure or surefire prevention method for the common cold, there are ways to be proactive about your health to reduce the risk of illness and feel your very best. We’ve compiled a list of the five best ways to mind your health and wellness with active living, wellness education, and some of the best healthy food in Halifax.

Try A Juice Cleanse to Boost Your Immune System

The Juice Press is Halifax’s first shop devoted to raw, freshly pressed juice. Experts have been boasting about the benefits of juicing for years, so it’s no surprise that a dedicated juice shop has been a massive success in the city.

Perhaps you’re looking for a way to get more Vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and aids with injury recovery, or maybe you’ve been thinking about trying a master cleanse to detoxify and nourish your body. The Juice Press has everything from individual bottles of delicious fresh pressed juice to full progression cleanses. On top of their juice offerings, The Juice Press also serves healthy food to Halifax every day with their raw pudding, raw salad bar, quinoa salad and bean stock salad for lunch. Whether you’re feeling a bit sluggish and need an energy boost, or you want quick and healthy options to keep your immune system in check, The Juice Press can help! Visit them from 8:30 am (10 am on weekends) to 4 pm on the Halifax Waterfront to learn more about the benefits of juicing—the staff at The Juice Press are highly knowledgeable and can help you get started!

Running on the Halifax Waterfront

Are you bored of your regular routine and looking for new ways to be active? Why not take advantage of the beautiful harbour air along the Halifax waterfront!

Now that Halifax’s tourism season is slowing down, there’s a lot more room on the waterfront to walk, jog, or enjoy a run while checking out the sights. Locals, newcomers, and visitors alike will appreciate passing classic Halifax landmarks like the Garrison Brewing Company, the Seaport Farmers Market, the Discovery Center, and of course, Bishop’s Landing while staying active. Great Runs has even mapped out a perfect Halifax waterfront running route, so next time you’re planning a solo or group run, head down to the harbour. As an added bonus, you can grab a sweet (yet nutritious!) treat after your run or walk at one of the many shops in Bishop’s Landing, such as Haskapa, The Juice Press, or The Smiling Goat.

Learn More About Plant-Based Diets and Dishes

Eating a well-balanced diet is an integral part of boosting your immune system and and staying energized. Haskapa offers plenty of wellness classes at their Bishop’s Landing location, including a plant-based cooking series that’s taught by Justin Andrews. Justin is a Professional Chef, a Holistic Nutrition Consultant, and a Student of Herbal Medicine, and he’s ready to show you how to stock your fridge with days worth of nutritious and delicious meals for you and your family. The next class takes place on November 15th and covers all the basics, so it’s a great place to start for beginners or anyone who’s already familiar with plant-based diets but wants to learn more about recipes and cooking techniques. Tickets are $45, and Justin will be teaching attendees how to make four full dishes, so click here to get started on your winter meal plan!

Stay Up-to-Date With Your Appointments  

Keeping up with regular checkups can be difficult when life is busy, but holistic health and wellness means taking care of every aspect of your body, including your teeth.

Perhaps it’s been awhile since your last checkup or cleaning, or maybe you’re new to the city and have yet to find a great dentist in Halifax. Bishop’s Landing Dental Centre is one of Halifax’s best dental clinics, with their Facebook page showing five-star reviews across the board from happy patients. They’re currently taking new patients are offering a $30 gift card with every new patient exam and cleaning. Call them at 902-423-4193 to book an appointment with Dr. Hassan or Dr. Seth and gain peace of mind knowing you’re staying up-to-date with appointments and putting your health first.

Balance is Key

While we’re happy to share all of these essential wellness tips with you, we’re also huge advocates of a healthy balance! Between runs, checkups, and cooking classes, don’t forget to put aside a little time to unwind and enjoy the present. Bishop’s Cellar frequently offers wine tastings with different themes—a great way to expand your grape knowledge and indulge in some new wines. Upcoming events include an overview of select Southern Italian wines, a tasting featuring some of the best crowd pleasing wines for entertaining guests, and a staff “wish list” tasting featuring favourite wines from 2017. Tickets range from $25 to $30 and include lots of wine and delicious snacks from local caterers. Check out Bishop’s Cellar’s full list of events and make plans to treat yourself to an upcoming wine tasting. Afterall, studies show that there are actually health benefits to enjoying a glass of wine every now and then, so it’s all for the greater good of your overall wellness!

Taking on the temperature drop in Halifax can be rough, but we’re here to motivate you to take care of yourself and feel your best this fall and winter. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on healthy lunch features and special classes and events offered at Bishop’s Landing!

Enjoy Fall with Local Food & Art Events on the Halifax Waterfront

September 20, 2017

Nova Scotia is known for its friendly people and rich culture, and those who live in Halifax are extremely passionate about local food, art, and entertainment. The Halifax Waterfront is home to many small, locally-owned businesses and is a venue for some of the biggest and best locally-run events in Halifax. Are you looking to take advantage of the best of Nova Scotia this fall? Look no further than these exciting events and activities happening on the Halifax Waterfront.

Taste the Best Oysters on the East Coast at Halifax Oyster Festival

The 3rd annual Halifax Oyster Festival takes place on September 29th & 30th, and this year’s festival is shaping up to be better than ever. With the purchase of a ticket, you’re invited to taste oysters from 16 different farms from across the Maritimes. The festival takes place under a big white tent on the Halifax Waterfront and the atmosphere is “upbeat, loud and jovial.” Enjoy the best of local oysters while watching seasoned shuckers compete in the Nova Scotia Oyster Shucking competition and experience the Halifax Caesar Competition, where the city’s top bartenders compete to create the most delicious Caesar cocktail. Click here for more details and to buy your tickets now!

Focus on Local with I Love Local HFX’s City Harvest 2017

On October 21st, businesses across Halifax will participate in City Harvest 2017, a celebration of locally owned businesses and how they strengthen our community. The event encourages businesses across the city to highlight their offerings by featuring special deals. Our very own Bishop’s Cellar, Rum Runners, and Sugah! are members of I Love Local HFX, so be sure to follow @ILoveLocalHFX on Twitter to stay up to date with what kinds of treats and treasures you can find at these locations.

Enjoy Local Art and Culture on the Halifax Waterfront

Bishop’s Cellar is constantly featuring the best of Nova Scotia beer and wine, and this October, they’ll be featuring local art as well. Throughout the month, Bishop’s Cellar serves as an impromptu gallery for local artist Harold Klee’s exhibit, Delphian Constructs, during Photopolis: The Halifax Festival of Photography. “These abstract images of Halifax landmarks accentuate the feelings of ambiguity many have towards the construction here,” Klee says. “Progress is inevitable. Many heritage buildings have been completely erased from the cityscape. But sometimes, new buildings incorporate historical styles or original facades. Look carefully. Like the buildings in my photographs, the past can still be seen.” If this exhibit piques your interest, you may also be interested in the accompanying tasting, Construction vs. Preservation: A Wine Tasting That Explores the Traditional & The Modern. The tasting takes place at Bishop’s Cellar on October 6th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with tickets priced at $25. Get your tickets today and stop into Bishop’s Cellar anytime during the month of October to experience Klee’s exhibit.

Looking to take in even more local art? One of Halifax’s biggest art festivals, Nocturne, is coming up on October 12th & 14th. The festival features art installations across the entire city with many exhibits on the Halifax Waterfront. Be sure to follow Nocturne on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest news.

Experience the Restaurant Putting Nova Scotia on the Map as Canada’s Next Top Dining Destination

As a driving force in the Halifax food scene, Little Oak has been getting lots of recognition for its rotating menu, innovative cocktails, and refined wine list. If you’re looking to top off your night out with a glass of wine, a bite to eat or a local craft beer, Little Oak is the place to go.

Little Oak was recently chosen as one of Air Canada’s contenders for Best New Restaurant in the country, with the cuisine type listed as “seasonal”. Chef Ludovic Eveno has established relationships with many local farmers and uses their top quality ingredients in his original, artistic dishes. On top of a fantastic dining experience, you’ll enjoy their extensive wine list, featuring both local favourites and bottles from across the globe. Visit the Instagram page to inspire your next night out!

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to experience the best of Nova Scotia on the Halifax Waterfront this fall. Interested in finding out more about local food, art, and events? Follow Bishop’s Landing on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with everything going on in the city. See you soon!