Tour helps chefs source local foods

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Tours of some of Nova Scotia's top food producers will help 20 chefs have a better idea of the quality, fresh products they offer.

The chefs will spend a day exploring farms and facilities on the Get Close to Your Food tours, Oct. 19 and 26. The chefs will learn first-hand about the local, flavour-packed products they can use in their dishes. "It is important for chefs to be familiar with the ingredients available to them and to appreciate the unique and quality products that are produced here in Nova Scotia," said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. "By using local products, chefs can offer their customers flavourable meals while supporting a sustainable food system."

In conjunction with the tour, the departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture have produced a new publication. Local and Direct -- A Chef's Guide to Buying Local will help chefs get in touch with local producers and become familiar with the seasonal availability of local ingredients. The tour will take chefs to farms and facilities of companies in the guide. "Local products are the freshest choice, and they deliver amazing flavour," said Michael Howell, owner of Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville. "Nova Scotia has such a diverse food industry of farmers, fishermen and producers selling meats, dairy, product, seafood and beverages."

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Wolfville

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