Chowder Trail: No-Fail Guide to Nova Scotia Chowder

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The Nova Scotia Chowder Trail:

Drew and I ate 30 bowls of Chowder from around the province in one summer as part of the first Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Trail in 2012. Along the way, we uncovered the highs (and lows) of NS Chowder offerings. Since finishing the Chowder Trail, we’ve continued to taste chowders from around the province. Click on each photo below for a description (and our reaction) to each shop’s chowder.

Let us know your favorite Nova Scotia Chowder in the comments below. Has a chowder changed since our last visit? Help keep this guide up-to-date by commenting below!


The Cutting Edge Chowder Cook-Off:

During the 2014 Saltscapes Expo, I had a chance to taste chowder from some of the best chefs in Nova Scotia. Thank you to Taste of Nova Scotia for inviting me to judge the Sunday cook-off, a show down between Digby Pines and The Grand Banker. In 2012, The Grand Banker was in our top three of the 30 chowders we sampled, so I was excited to get another taste. The chowder cook-off was a great preview of the 2014 Chowder Trail. Click on the images below to see a slideshow of shots from The Cutting Edge Chowder Cook-Off!


1) Chef Thomas – Pictou Lodge Beachfront Resort (Competition 3 – Saturday)
2) Chef Mark – Gabrieau’s Bistro (Competition 1 – Friday)
3) Chef Craig Flinn – Chives Canadian Bistro and 2 Doors Down (Competition 1 – Friday)


This year, the Taste of Nova Scotia Chowder Trail will feature 60 NS Chowders! It will run from April 26th until the end of October.

A Guide to Nova Scotia Chowder:



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