News release

Applicants Invited to Host IncrEDIBLE Community Suppers

Nova Scotians can share a delicious meal made with local food, and the warmth of friends and family by going to a Select Nova Scotia sponsored IncrEDIBLE Community Supper this February.

Dispelling the notion that locally grown food is not readily available during the winter season, Nova Scotians are gearing up to host another series of community suppers. The Department of Agriculture, through the Select Nova Scotia program, is inviting applications to host community meals during February that feature locally produced food.

"These community suppers encourage partnerships and involve a wide variety of participants such as farmers, food markets, schools, churches and service clubs," said John MacDonell, Minister of Agriculture. "This is a great way to show that buying local is not only a delicious and nutritious choice but it boosts the economy and helps sustain our farmers."

This is the second year for the IncrEDIBLE community suppers. Last year, 30 community meals were held throughout the province in community halls, legions, and church basements as part of IncrEDIBLE February and Select Nova Scotia's winter, local food promotion.

"Our roast turkey supper with all the trimmings became a local food celebration," said John Marshall, Kingston Lion's Club. "We partnered with the Kingston Farmers Market to get ingredients and KingsTech Culinary Program for a chef's demonstration. We felt really good about using local ingredients and being able to bring neighbours and community together to enjoy a great meal."

Applicants must demonstrate their commitment to locally produced ingredients by submitting their local food menu along with details of suppliers. The events are not limited to supper and could be a breakfast, brunch or lunch. Successful applicants receive $500 toward their event.

Applications are available at www.SelectNovaScotia.ca. The deadline to apply is Jan. 5.

Select Nova Scotia is an initiative of the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture to promote greater awareness and consumption of Nova Scotia grown and produced food.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

Select Nova Scotia is sponsoring community suppers as part of its winter fresh campaign. Applicants are invited to apply on line for funding. Suppers should feature locally grown food available in winter.

Agriculture Minister John MacDonell says buying local boosts the economy and helps to sustain our farmers.

Applications can be found on Select Nova Scotia's website. The deadline to apply is January 5th.

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Media Contact:

Pam Menchenton
Department of Agriculture 902-424-2216 E-mail: