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Dancing Taste Buds: A culinary (and cultural) taste tour

What do salt beef (Jiggs dinner), oatcakes, luskinikn, râpure, shawarmas, fried fish cakes, pho, donairs, empanadas, dulse, chow chow, jerk chicken, creamed lobster, sauerkraut, and flipper pie have in common? They are all traditional foods - food that is simple, unpretentious and delicious. Available in delightful eateries and shops across Atlantic Canada, from rural hamlets, beachside canteens to fine dining city restaurants, each area has their own specialties including old and new culinary quirks.


Hubbards, NS

In Nova Scotia there are many wonderful places to experience food and drink. One of our favourite stay at home experiences is the Shore Club Lobster Supper. Mussels, salad bar and lobster- Yum!

Submitted By Julie Sheffield

Lobster on the Wharf

Victoria by the Sea, Prince Edward Island

This was taken last summer while visiting beautiful Victoria by the Sea, an adorably charming seaside village on the south shore of PEI. Savour a delicious lobster roll on the wharf. Relax. Bask in the sun. Breath in the fresh salty air while watching beachcombers and kayakers frolic in the waves.

Submitted By Julie Clements

Taste of summer

Buctouche New Brunswick

A summer trip to Buctouche, New Brunswick isn't complete without a stop at Ponzi's for some fried clams. We took the food just down the road to a lovely little park with a shaded picnic table and a view of the water.

Submitted By David Watson

Burger Fest

Moncton, NB

It was Burger Fest in Moncton, NB. My hubby and I were sitting down to have lunch at the Old Triangle on Main St. It was delicious

Submitted By Lise Costello

Summer meals

Port Mouton, NS

Took a day trip to the South Shore and stopped at the Quarterdeck for lunch. Sat on the deck overlooking Summerville Beach.The meal was wonderful, seafood Cesar salad and club sandwich and local craft beer.

Submitted By Neil Oldreive

A Memorable Anniversary Feast

Summerville, NS

While my husband and I were unable to dine out on our actual 18th Wedding Anniversary in April of 2020, we were thrilled to celebrate our special day three months later at the Flying Apron in Summerville. We enjoyed a scrumptious meal made with fresh local ingredients and we felt genuinely welcome and at home by our server. We dined 'Lady and the Tramp' style, sharing two meals. For our photo, we briefly removed our wedding bands to capture the moment! This was an unforgettable anniversary dining experience at one of the many exceptional restaurants found within Canada's East Coast. We applaud the owners and staff of our local restaurants who are passionate about the food they prepare and the people they serve.

Submitted By Natasha Buchanan

Ceviche Time

Shediac, NB

Summer in New Brunswick is a great time to dig out the fishing rods and try your luck at all the local spots. One of my favourites is catching mackerel in Shediac, NB. Fresh mackerel is delicious and a favourite of ours is making ceviche. Taste like summer!

Submitted By Chris Mersereau


Petitcodiac, NB

Thanks to the Maritime bubble opening, my wife and I were able to cross the border to attend the family celebration for my niece's 2nd birthday. On the way, we stopped for some samosas from the A&K Cafe in Petitcodiac, NB. Always a delicious treat!

Submitted By Isaiah Jacques

Bay of Fundy Lobster

Saint John, NB

Living on the Bay of Fundy gives many opportunities for lobster and seafood in general. Lobster happens to be one of my favorites and I love going to the lobster shops and restaurants for a wonderful lobster roll!

Submitted By Peter Chubb

Clam Digging

Eastern Shore, PEI

Singing no digging for your supper! Your taste buds will 'shore' dance when you have dug your own fresh PEI clams. We staycation on our family homestead on the eastern shore of PEI and are able to dig fresh clams for a meal. We dip in them in melted butter!

Submitted By Nicole Delory

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