Easy Local Food Ideas For Your Labour Day Weekend Party


Labour Day weekend. One last chance to celebrate all things summer. If you’re hosting a party, the last thing you want to do is spend your time slaving in the kitchen to feed your guests. Here are a few of our favourite quick party dishes that everyone will love and that take very little time to prepare.


Cheese and Beer Dip

Nothing beats a quick and easy dip that your friends can dig into and enjoy. And it doesn’t get much easier than this tasty dip from Taste of Nova Scotia. Use your favourite Local beer (there are now 50 or so craft breweries in Nova Scotia to choose from), local cheese (we used Knoydart Farms Cheddar) and only 10 minutes to prepare. It’ll probably get eaten even faster than that.


Marinated Mushroom Salad

Potato salad, pasta salad, green salad…salads are great because they’re quick and easy to put together. But why be predictable when you can be creative? That’s why we love this salad recipe featuring local mushrooms, tomatoes, and cucumbers (easy to find at your local Farmers’ Market) tossed with herbs and a nice vinaigrette made with a splash of local maple syrup (KD hunter, Sugar Moon Farm, Acadian Maple, Maple Mist, MacRaes Rocky Ridge Maple are a few great options). We whipped this salad up in less than 20 minutes.


Nova Scotia Mussels with Hard Cider

Nova Scotia Mussels from a producer like AquaPrime Mussel Ranch are perfect party food. Fresh mussels, a pot and some simple ingredients are all you need to feed a crowd. You can do them on the stove, on a BBQ, even on a fire at the campground. One of our favourite recipes is Nova Scotia Mussels with Hard Cider (local of course). You can check out the recipe here. Or you can let Chef Renée Lavallée show you how easy they are to make in our recipe video. Total time required – only 25 minutes. P.S. Don’t forget some local crusty bread for dipping.


Local Charcuterie Board

What if we reduced your cooking time to zero? That’s what we love about a Nova Scotia Charcuterie Board. Simply put, it’s a selection of local cheese, meats, spread, breads…whatever you want it to be. Some of our favourite board ingredients include cheeses from Fox Hill Cheeses House, Blue Harbour Cheese, and That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm. For meats, we like anything from Peasant’s Pantry in New Ross, especially their selection of cured meats and patés. We also love the cold cuts and sausage from Bushmann Free Range Bio Farm in Cape Breton. If you want to add some seafood, you can’t miss the thinly sliced smoked salmon from J. Willy Krauch & Sons. And no charcuterie board is complete without a baguette or other bread from your favourite local bakery and flavourful local condiments like Tangled Garden Savoury Jellies or HardyWares Preserves.


Espresso Rubbed Nova Scotia Sirloin Steak

We promised recipes you wouldn’t have to slave over and that includes this kick-butt BBQ steak. You only need about 8 minutes to mix up the rub and apply it (we’ll time you), and about 3 minutes per side (for medium rare) on the grill. That’s a total of 14 minutes or so. Bonus, you can have a beer and chat with your friends as you cook. The grill always draws a crowd. Make sure you ask for Nova Scotia beef at your local butcher shop or market. BTW, BBQ steak also pairs perfectly with Nova Scotia Red Wines.


Enjoy your Labour Day weekend in Nova Scotia with friends and fantastic food. Of course, these dishes come in handy any time you want something quick and local.