Make the most out of March

It’s March. Maple, meat and more local fun.
March. Maple, meat and March Break fun.

February might be the shortest month of the year, but with the snow it brought us this year, there won’t be too many people lamenting its end. Well things are looking up. March is here, and with it comes the promise of longer days with more light, the official arrival of spring and all kinds of local goodness to look forward to. So we thought we’d share a few thoughts on what to do or enjoy during the marvellous month of March.

March means maple season
Oh so sweet and delicious. Every March, the sap starts flowing in sugar bushes all across the province as maple producers tap trees and begin the magical process of turning maple sap into syrup, maple butter, maple sugar and more.

If you’ve never visited a sugar bush, March is your chance to get out and experience a piece of this local tradition. Many producers like Sugar Moon Farm in Earltown and Mountain Maple in Sunken Lake open their operations to the public. And did we mention there’s food? So much wonderful local food. Both Sugar Moon and Mountain Maple offer pancake brunches throughout the season. Another popular one is the Maple Brunch hosted by Acadian Maple Products in Peggy’s Cove. For more great maple stuff including a delicious list of upcoming pancake breakfasts, brunches and maple celebrations around the province check out the Maple Producers of Nova Scotia.

March means March Break fun
The kids are off school. Now what? March break is a great opportunity to get out and have some local fun. It’s also a great opportunity to help your kids learn about where their food comes from. What about a trip to a local farmers’ market? It’s a great opportunity for kids to meet the folks who produce their food, to learn about different products and to even try some new things. And the best part is that there are markets all around the province, so you’re never too far from one. How about visiting the market, choosing a bunch of great ingredients and getting the whole family involved in cooking dinner? It’s a great way to spend some quality time with local.

If you’re looking for a getaway, March Break is the perfect time. Many local inns, B&B’s and resorts like White Point Beach Resort are offering great packages and adventures. These local businesses are a key part of their communities and the local economy. Planning a getaway helps support our tourism operators during the off-season. It also gives you a great chance to enjoy local hospitality, cuisine and visit other local shops and businesses around the destination you’ve chosen. If you’re looking for getaway ideas, the folks at Nova Scotia Tourism have plenty of helpful resources.

March means Burger Week
If you love a good burger, you won’t want to miss Halifax Burger Week 2015. Sponsored by The Coast Magazine, this annual tradition sees more than 60 local restaurants in and around Halifax creating the most awesome burgers known to man. The fun starts on Thursday March 19th and runs until March 25th. It’s a great way to enjoy some fantastic eats and support your favourite local restaurant. For all the juicy details, check out the official Burger Week website.

March means great food and wine
The Savour Food & Wine Show is Atlantic Canada’s premiere food and wine event. If you’re up for an experience showcasing Nova Scotia’s finest restaurants, wines and beverages, this is definitely for you. Mark March 5th on your calendar and get ready for an evening you won’t soon forget. All the details including ticket information are at the Savour Food & Wine Festival website.

The clocks spring forward on March 8th. It’s time to shake off winter. There’s more daylight and more opportunities than ever to get out and enjoy everything local has to offer. These are just a few of our ideas. If you’ve got an event or favourite local activity, we’d love to hear about it. Visit our Facebook Page to share what you’re doing in March.