Recipes!

Almost every week an adventurous oven-goer arrives with a new recipe, dish, food they want to try out. There have been far more successes than failures and we’re working to build up a section of this site to house recipes that have been tried, tasted and proven PACO-friendly.  Check out our Recipes page, which, for now, feature recipes from past workshops hosted by PACO volunteer and local chef Brady Muller.

Help us populate this new page!  If you’ve had success with a recipe and would like to share it with PACO, please send it to us in an email (we’ll credit every source!).

Where to buy your picnic in downtown Dartmouth

Harvest Fest is putting a twist on the IncrEDIBLE Picnic inviting picnickers to drop by a local business on their way to the park, choose their favourites from a host of options from either the Saturday farmers market at Alderney Landing or a local business.

A number of local business will be preparing special dishes to cook in the oven.

Businesses offering ready to bake pizzas are:

  • Pie R Squared (at Alderney Market)
  • Revana (29 Portland St.)
  • Hungry Hut (135 Ochterloney St.)
  • Big Life (84 Portland St.)
  • Wooden Monkey (Alderney Ferry Terminal and offering a 15% discount!)

Other special offers near to the oven:

  • Nectar (62 Ochterloney St.)
    – Spicy pork wrap with fresh herb yogurt sauce ($7) – tin foil wrapped to be re-warmed in the oven.

More picnic offerings within walking distance:

  • Midday Bistro (55 Portland St.)
  • Caroline’s Bakery (79 Alderney Dr.)
  • Alderney Market
  • Celtic Corner (69 Alderney Dr.)
  • Ma Belle’s Cafe (44 Ochterloney St.)
  • Just Us! (at King’s Wharf, Alderney Dr.)
  • Two if by Sea (66 Ochterloney St.)

*From 3:00 – 6:00 The Food Wolf will be parked nearby selling their incredible food-on-wheels made with local ingredients.

Harvest Fest Schedule

Planning to attend Harvest Fest on Saturday, September 14th?  Here’s what we have scheduled:

12:00p

  • Open Oven #1 begins
  • Guest speakers 1 & 2 “Welcome”
  • HRM Recreation activities begin
  • Bedford Brass Quintet plays

12:30p

  • Open Oven #1 continues
  • HRM Recreation activities
  • Bedford Brass Quintet plays on

1:00p

  • Open Oven #1 continues
  • HRM Recreation activities continue
  • Bedford Brass Quintet plays on

1:30p

  • Open Oven #1 continues
  • HRM Recreation activities continue
  • Bedford Brass Quintet plays on

2:00p

  • Open Oven #1 continues
  • HRM Rec activities end
  • Bedford Brass end
  • Halifax Public Libraries Children’s story-time begins
  • Guest speaker #3

2:30p

  • Open Oven #1 ends; oven is re-lit.
  • Oven training
  • Children’s face-painting begins
  • Children’s story-time continues
  • Guest speaker #4: Debra Dickey, Dartmouth Family Centre

3:00p

  • Oven training continues
  • Guest speaker #5: Gena Arthur, Eco-Developments
  • Children’s face-painting continues
  • HPL Children’s story-time continues
  • Yoga begins w/ Mandee from yogaheart.ca

3:30p

  • Oven training continues
  • Children’s face-painting ends
  • Guest speaker #6: Billy Lewis, Dartmouth Common Community Gardens
  • HPL Children’s story-time continues

4:00p

  • Open Oven #2 begins
  • HPL Children’s story-time ends
  • Bill Wood Magic Show begins

4:30p

  • Open Oven #2 continues
  • Bill Wood Magic Show continues

5:00p

  • Open Oven #2 continues
  • Bill Wood Magic Show ends
  • Ceti Alpha perform

5:30p

6:00p

  • Event wraps-up; pack-up and clean-up begin.

 

Saturday, Sept. 14th: Harvest Fest / IncrEDIBLE Picnic!

That’s right! The PACO community has been busy pulling together a celebration of all things Dartmouth, fresh and local.  An (early) Harvest Fest!  Big thanks to the Downtown Dartmouth Business Commission and the Alderney Farmers Market for assisting in the coordination; and thanks to Select Nova Scotia and the Dartmouth Community Health Board, whose support is allowing us to put this great event together!  Mark your calendars and plan to drop by the park on September 14th between 12 noon and 6:00 PM. What should you expect?

Food

Like our regular Open Oven’s on Saturday we’ll have a hot oven for those interested, to cook their favourites starting at noon.  A second burn will take place mid-afternoon for a second cooking time around 4:00.

While we’ll be firing the oven and baking some delicious pretzels for picnickers, local businesses in and around downtown Dartmouth will be selling ready-to-bake goodies that you can pick up en route to the oven.  There’ll be variety in price and taste, something for everyone, so watch this space for a soon-to-be-complete map indicating where to buy what.  There’s rumour that there could be a food truck or two for those of you who prefer your food on wheels….

Entertainment

What’s a picnic without some amusements?  There’ll be some guest speakers sharing their wisdom about local food, community health and the neighbourhood.  Kids can enjoy some organized activities, a story-circle and some face-painting.  There’ll even be a bit of dinner music!

As we finalize a few last minute details, a full schedule will be posted.  Please visit this site again soon and make plans to join us in the park on the 14th!