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Nova Scotia: Foodie travel destination?

Lobster, blueberries, wine — Nova Scotia has a lot to offer theculinary tourist, but experts say more can be done to get them here indroves.

Lobster, blueberries, wine — Nova Scotia has a lot to offer the culinary tourist, but experts say more can be done to get them here in droves.

Speaking at a World Culinary Tourism Summit in Halifax yesterday, Janice Ruddock with Taste Nova Scotia said tourists should know they’re in a culinary paradise as soon as they arrive in the province.

That means having local food on hand at the airport, train station and visitor centres.

“Culinary is important to us and when people come off the plane they should have a taste of Nova Scotia,” she said.

Ruddock added the province needs to host more international culinary events to draw people who love food.

One of the speakers for today on the final day of the summit is Carol Silkes, an expert on farmers’ markets from the University of Memphis. She suggests farmers’ markets are full of tourism potential.

“People think farmers’ markets are just for the local community, but when you’re talking about culinary tourism and people who want to experience a destination, there is no better place,” she said.

Chefs could lead tours through the market then head back to a kitchen and cook up a local dish, she added.

 
 
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