Saturday, November 22, 2008

Festive Dinner 2008

Once again we are holding a FESTIVE DINNER at Satisfaction Feast and, this year, our guest speaker is Savayda Jarone, prominent Nova Scotia herbalist, who will speak on herbalism and vegetarianism.

3559 Robie Street (one block north of Lady Hammond)

When? December 6th Saturday

Time? 6:30 PM

What? A three course dinner including soup as the appetizer; vegetable tofu pot pie, mashed potatoes, with gravy and cranberry sauce as the main course; and a choice of their famous truffles, peanut butter balls or carob balls for dessert.
The dinner is vegan or vegan adaptable.

Cost? $16.00 OR $14.00 if you choose to order the main course with smaller portions.
Tea and coffee included. Other drinks are an additional cost as well as taxes and gratuity.

Satisfaction Feast is one of a growing number of restaurants and cafes in Halifax to give a discount to HAV members. The discount does not apply in this case, as Sarita, owner of Satisfaction Feast is already giving us special pricing on this dinner.
  • Payment - cash, debit or credit card

There is limited seating, so reserve early for this festive vegetarian
fall dinner by emailing


the HAV team.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Wellness Expo a Success

Our booth at the Wellness Expo on Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th, was busy. This was our third year at the show, and it enabled us to increase our visibility. We were able to answer a wide range of questions about vegetarianism and our association, in addition to increasing our membership.

We presented two vegetarian dinners for two at Tarek's Cafe as prizes again this year, thanks to the support of Tarek. He has been very supportive of the Halifax Association of Vegetarians and both of his cafes are in our discount program for members.

Our Veggie Taste Challege at Planet Organic having been the focus of the association in September, it has been some time since we have offered a dinner for the membership. Good news! We are planning our Annual Festive Dinner at the Satisfaction Feast for early December and will be back to you soon with the details.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Vegetarian Taste Challenge

The Halifax Association of Vegetarians and Planet Organic are working together to offer you the opportunity to taste a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan foods. We are calling this our vegetarian taste challenge, since most Nova Scotians eat only 12 - 15 recipes and repeat them every week. Ironically, the most common question asked of vegetarians is "what do you eat, if you don't eat meat?".

We are challenging you to taste some new foods, all vegetarian and most vegan. You will want to add some of these to your regular diet for better health, longer life, and especially because of the great taste.

There is no charge and members of the Halifax Association of Vegetarians (HAV) will be available for those who wish to learn more about vegetarian and vegan diets. Drop by at Planet Organic (upstairs) on Sunday, the 28th of September, between 2:00 and 5:00 PM.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Picnic Today

We hope that you received a notice of our picnic today as it's a great opportunity to enjoy some great veggie food and friendly company next to the ocean.

WHAT? A Saturday Picnic/Potluck
WHERE? Point Pleasant Park (by the lower Parking Lot)
WHEN? Saturday July 5th at 2pm

We look forward to sharing food, ideas, stories, recipes, and more.
All are welcome, so feel free to bring along your family and friends.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

June Successes and July Picnic

Our Music and Pizza evening on Friday, June 13th was very successful, as we enjoyed the music and food provided by John Dalton of Big Life Whole Foods. The Muffin Bake Off, held on Saturday, June 21st, a shared event with The Grainery, Halifax's natural foods cooperative, was also enjoyable with six contestants supplying the delicious muffins. Yes, we are posting the recipes on our website with the next update.

Our summer plans include a picnic in July (subject to weather) and a dinner featuring the foods of Cumberland County, that will be held at the Art Gallery in Parrsboro on a Saturday in August. We will post more information on these events in an upcoming blog.

All of our members receive regular emails concerning our events, additions to our discount program and other benefits. If you have not yet joined, there is no better time. Enjoy the Nova Scotia summer and the great vegetarian food offered here, using your membership card for a discount makes it less expensive and identifies you as a vegetarian.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Music and Pizza Date Change

We have decided to move our Music and Pizza Dinner to Friday, June 13th at 6:30 pm (no, we are not superstitious), so note that date on your calendar and join us for the food and music noted in our previous blog.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Pizza and Music

This year we have enjoyed many firsts: a potluck with the Halifax Vegan Potluck Group, a dinner at Mexico Lindo and a brunch at the Turkish Delight. Our next event is another first for the association, as we are offering a catered dinner. Big Life Whole Foods, that are popular at the Halifax Farmers Market for their vegetarian baked goods, pizzas and soups will create food for the dinner to be held at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax at 5500 Inglis Street on Friday, June 6th at 6:30 pm. As a year has passed since our first annual general meeting, we shall have a short (yes, it will be short) second annual general meeting. John Dalton, the owner of Big Life Whole Foods, will speak about his business and provide music for the evening.

The dinner will include a red lentil with organic vegetable soup; a garden salad featuring local and organic ingredients; a choice of four slices from the eight pizzas being offered that include pepper/black olive, zucchini/red onion/sun dried tomato, mushroom/roasted garlic/sun dried tomato, artichoke heart/sun dried tomato/black olive, pepper/mushroom/onion and three cheese; and finally apple crisp made with spelt flour and choice of coffee or tea.

The pizzas are made with either porridge/multigrain, spelt, or a mix of five gluten free flours and there are gluten free and vegan options. The cost for the dinner is $20.00 ($18.00 for members) and reservations are needed, so reserve soon as space is limited.

We have ambitious plans for the balance of 2008, including a dinner on a Saturday during the summer at a gallery in Parrsboro featuring Cumberland County ingredients; a dinner at the Wooden Monkey in the fall that will include Geordie Ouchterlony of Home Grown Organic Foods as our guest speaker; a dinner in Lunenburg County and a return to the Satisfaction Feast for our annual Festive Dinner. All of these, as well as our other events and discount program will include savings for members, so join or renew your membership by contacting us at

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Join us for brunch at Turkish Delight

Following our successful buffet dinner at Mexico Lindo, perhaps our most successful dinner to date, we are meeting for brunch at Turkish Delight (5680 Spring Garden Road), so mark 1:00 PM on Sunday May 4th on your calendar and make your reservation with our secretary as early as possible, since seating is limited to twenty-nine.
Unlike Mexico Lindo, where we were treated to a buffet of foods not on the menu, the Turkish Delight will give a 10% discount from the menu to members of our association and will then join our discount program, so that members can continue to enjoy the discount on return visits.
We have no guest speaker for the brunch, but ask that you bring your favourite cookbook or recipe to share with others. At our potlucks, you get a chance to sample some recipes, but this will give you a chance to take note of recipes that have worked for other Halifax vegetarians and vegans.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sample the cuisine of Mexico on April 7th

Buenas dias
Winter lingers and all of us cannot go to Mexico, so we have arranged for a buffet of Mexican cuisine to be available for our members and their guests at Halifax's own Mexico Lindo restaurant, located at 3635 Dutch Village Road (across from the previous site of Halifax West High School). The dinner will be held on Monday, April 7, as Ana Jiminez-Jenkins ( the owner) is closed on Monday, so is free to create recipes for our buffet that are not normally available. Please mark this date on your calendar, come dressed in your Mexican attire (if you wish) and bring your favourite Mexican recipe to share with others. Ana has agreed to be our speaker, while we are enjoying coffee or tea. As this is a buffet, any remaining food will be available for members and guests, so be prepared by bringing a storage container. Reservations are required at as space is limited.
Mexico Lindo buffet menu – Monday April 7, 2008 6:30 PM
* denotes vegan choices

*chips and salsa
*soup Tarasca (black bean soup with chipotle)
*cactus salad (pickled cactus, tomato, onion, jalapeno and cilantro)
*Tamales (corn flour dough filled with spinach and cheese, steam cooked in a corn husk)
Enchiladas (corn tortillas filled with green pepper and corn, topped with salsa and melted cheese)
*Mexican rice (rice fried in tomato salsa and corn)
Harvest salad (apples, pineapple, celery and pecans, topped with sour cream)
*Veggies in green salsa (carrots, zucchini, green beans, onions, tomato cooked in green salsa
Flan (Mexican style cream of caramel topped with goat milk carmel)
*Agua fresca (fresh fruit drink – flavour depends on the market) one 16 oz. serving included

price for each person $15.00 plus HST
coffee and/or tea additional $1.25

We look forward to seeing you there.
The HAV team

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Successful Planning Meeting and Vegan Potluck

Our Directors meeting on Jan. 27th established our goals and aims for 2008. We held five dinners, two potlucks and two outreach events during 2007. In 2008 we plan to increase this to six dinners, six potlucks and six outreach events. The dinners may include locations outside the Halifax area (we discussed a Lunenburg County restaurant and have since had the suggestion of a Cumberland County dinner featuring foods from that area of Nova Scotia). The potlucks will offer variety and will again include a picnic. Events will vary from another appearance at the Wellness Show to an appearance at the Halifax Farmers Market.

We decided that more advance notice was needed and will attempt to put together a six month schedule. Directors Meetings will now be held at 2 PM. on the last Saturday of each month. The locations will be posted and members invited to attend.

Our first potluck of the year was held on Sunday, February 3rd in cooperation with the Halifax Vegan Potluck Group. It was very successful with a doubling of the normal attendance. Many of our Facebook group made their first appearance at a HAV sponsored event. We have added this excellent potluck to the events page on our website as it is held every second week and deserves support.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2008, a year for adding new vegetarian recipes to your diet. To make this easier, we are planning a potluck in conjunction with the Dal Vegan Potluck Group, which will be held on Sunday, February 3rd at the Women's Centre (time and directions to follow). This will give you a chance to add new recipes and share your favourites. Please insure that they are vegan, so we can all enjoy them.

On Sunday January 27 (the Sunday prior to the potluck), the Board of Directors are meeting at 2pm at the Daily Grind on Spring Garden Road to discuss goals and plans for HAV. Members are encouraged to attend and to contribute to the discussion, as this will result in a stronger association. Hope to see some of you there!

Finally, Joe Mrkonjic, the owner of SeaLife Sea Plants, is working with the chef of a popular downtown Halifax restaurant to create a unique menu for a dinner that we will be enjoying in February. Joe will be our guest speaker at the dinner. I expect to announce the location, time and price of the dinner in my next posting.