I Love Local HFX: Open City 2018

I Love Local HFX: Open City 2018

I love this time of year when the weather warms up, the blossoms are on the trees and everyone is ready to spend some time outdoors. Open City, organized by I Love Local HFX, is such a fun annual spring event! For me, it's a chance to reconnect with local business owners I have come to know over the years and to visit some new exciting restaurants and shops here in Halifax and Dartmouth.

For the month of May, I have an awesome NSCC student working with me named Sarah. We teamed up to document our Open City adventure. Because there are SO MANY locations on the list, we ended up focusing more on downtown Dartmouth and the north end of Halifax this time around... I've included more of downtown Halifax and the Seaport Market in previous years and I'll be back in that area again in the fall for the annual City Harvest event.

I hope our photos inspire you to visit a local business that is new to you!

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Sarah and I started our day at Halifax Seed where they had a planting station to get your garden started.

Sarah and I started our day at Halifax Seed where they had a planting station to get your garden started.

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Breakfast #1:  Salvatore's  "Breakfast Sal-zone" with eggs, mozzarella, pancetta, sweet/spicy sausage, tomato, lettuce and caesar mayo. I wish they had these every weekend!

Breakfast #1: Salvatore's "Breakfast Sal-zone" with eggs, mozzarella, pancetta, sweet/spicy sausage, tomato, lettuce and caesar mayo. I wish they had these every weekend!

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Breakfast #2:  The Foggy Goggle 's Mini Crepe with Windy View Farm local eggs, spinach, cheddar, roasted tomatoes, chili-garlic aioli, hollandaise and garden fresh chives.

Breakfast #2: The Foggy Goggle's Mini Crepe with Windy View Farm local eggs, spinach, cheddar, roasted tomatoes, chili-garlic aioli, hollandaise and garden fresh chives.

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Sweets at  The Old Apothecary : classic and double-chocolate eclairs with Vietnamese coffee.

Sweets at The Old Apothecary: classic and double-chocolate eclairs with Vietnamese coffee.

The Banook Pop Up Market: print by Katherine Victoria Taylor of KVT Prints, Ice Cream Sundae by  Honey & Butter.

The Banook Pop Up Market: print by Katherine Victoria Taylor of KVT Prints, Ice Cream Sundae by Honey & Butter.

The Banook Pop Up Market

The Banook Pop Up Market

Katherine Victoria Taylor, KVT Prints

Katherine Victoria Taylor, KVT Prints

Nardin's Gardens

Nardin's Gardens

The Hive Ceramics

The Hive Ceramics

Of the Island

Of the Island

Adrienne Of  Seam Work  and Max of  Urban Garden

Adrienne Of Seam Work and Max of Urban Garden

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Humble Pie Savoury New Zealand style pie and  Propeller Brewing Co  beer.

Humble Pie Savoury New Zealand style pie and Propeller Brewing Co beer.

The Brooklyn Warehouse : Fried Chicken Bahn Mi with daikon slaw, cilantro lime aioli, pate and five spice honey glaze.

The Brooklyn Warehouse: Fried Chicken Bahn Mi with daikon slaw, cilantro lime aioli, pate and five spice honey glaze.

Cider Tasting and Seafood Boil

Cider Tasting and Seafood Boil

Ol' School Donuts  Food Truck
Élana Camille of  Élana Camille Creates  and Savannah Shippien of  Lola & Odin

Élana Camille of Élana Camille Creates and Savannah Shippien of Lola & Odin

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Matcha Ice Cream!

Matcha Ice Cream!

Argyle Fine Art : Artists  George Spencer ,  Jan Davidson  and  Kimberley Eddy  were onsite to chat about their artwork.

Argyle Fine Art: Artists George Spencer, Jan Davidson and Kimberley Eddy were onsite to chat about their artwork.

Artists Jan Davidson and Kimberley Eddy

Artists Jan Davidson and Kimberley Eddy

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Wild Feast Nova Scotia: Wild Feast & Foraging Hike

Wild Feast Nova Scotia: Wild Feast & Foraging Hike

Wild Caraway Restaurant & Cafe – Wild Foraging Dinner

Wild Caraway Restaurant & Cafe – Wild Foraging Dinner