Weather-wise, summer is winding down here on the East Coast but as for me, I’m just getting started!
Moving to Halifax so late in the year meant that I missed a lot of great festivals and events but lucky for me, the fall weekends are still packed with fun things to do. This weekend the Gottingen area of Halifax was celebrating 250 years of history with the Gottingen 250. Friday night was the final North by Night Market of the summer in Squiggle Park which I was lucky enough to check out.
There were a number of food/beverage vendors to chose from to satisfy your Friday night cravings. I was disappointed not to find any vendors serving alcohol, I think I got a little spoiled by festivals in Tokyo where there is always alcohol (and lots of it!). Since I couldn’t satisfy my alcohol for a hot Mint Shiso lemonade from Lemon Dogs Lemonade which I must say was pretty damn good. The natural lemon flavour was strong so the mint and shiso flavours didn’t really come through as much as I had hoped but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. I also got to sample the Maple Spice lemonade which was also pretty tasty.
I wasn’t actually hungry when I arrived at #nxnmrkt but I thought why not indulge anyway? There were a few tables selling vegan fudge and cookies and another selling homemade stove-top fudge but when I’m at a festival sweets aren’t normally my go-to, I go big with the mains. We had two choices: Gourmet grilled cheese sammies from Halifax Press, which I have passed by a number of times at their regular lunch time spot (corner of Bell Road and Summer Street) as I go home from work and Food Wolf which I have been told is pretty rad. I opted for the simple but tasty N.S. Cheese Mixer from Halifax Press. It was definitely a great grilled cheese sandwich but I think next time I indulge in a Halifax Press grilled cheese sandwich it will be one of the more gourmet options rather than the classic.
Saturday consisted of another trip to Gottingen to take in more of the festivities for Gottingen 250. I stopped at The Nook on Gottingen for an Americano and smoked salmon on a Montreal bagel. I enjoyed the view of Gottingen Street from the counter, when given a choice I always choose the window seat so I can people watch.
After my little snack at The Nook, I headed over to the main stage area to check out some music. What a great vibe! It made me feel extremely grateful for living in Halifax. These are the kind of things I live for; community, festivals, good vibes. I was able to catch some amazing local hip hop artists including ECMA winners Universal Soul who have been on the scene since 1985! It was a good show. Unfortunately, I had to leave a bit early because I worked early Sunday morning but I still had a great time.
I was up bright and early (5am!) on Sunday and, I never thought I’d say this but, I’m actually really starting to enjoy the early mornings. The walk to work is pretty dark and peaceful and by the time I finish I still have an entire day to enjoy. The plan for Sunday was to check out more of the Gottingen 250 festivities and see my girl, Ria Mae perform but I wasn’t really feeling up to it. This mornings rainy weather had me (and a lot of my coworkers) feeling a bit lethargic so I opted to stay in and get some things done around the house.
There’s something about Gottingen Street that fascinates me. When I lived in Canada all those years ago, particularly when I lived in the Lower Sackville area (aka Sack Vegas) I was always under the impression or was told that Gottingen Street was dangerous so I avoided that part of town. I’ve taken the bus down Gottingen a few times since I moved here and what I saw was abandonment. I didn’t see what I saw over the weekend which was a vibrant, hip neighbourhood full of young, entrepreneurial spirit, unique shops and a whole lot of character.
This is definitely an area I will be exploring more.