Travelers can harvest sturgeon and caviar, forage for fiddleheads, meet the farmers and fishermen at local night markets, and more.
NEW BRUNSWICK (July 15, 2019) – Immersive culinary excursions in New Brunswick, Canada offer travelers a new way to taste and experience the local cuisine. The Atlantic Canada province, located just north of the U.S. border of Maine, is surrounded by water, and rich in wildlife and vibrant cities. Seafood is only the beginning of the food scene, with new opportunities to learn, harvest, forage, and most importantly – feast.
Fish for Sturgeon and Caviar
The King of Caviar, Cornel Ceapa, and his wife Dorina came to New Brunswick from Romania to build Acadian Sturgeon and Caviar, an aquaculture processing facility located on the St. John river that harvests wild caviar from Shortnose sturgeon. Gastronomic experiences available include an Academy offered year-round with a multicourse tasting and education on fishing, a Safari during the month of July where travelers can participate in sturgeon harvest and research before tasting the product, and an Extravaganza available in July, a two-day experience that includes a river boat tour and sturgeon barbeque. Prices range from $100 CAD to $1,000 CAD per person.
Forage for Fiddleheads
Fiddleheads, a fern-like vegetable that tastes similar to asparagus or artichokes, is harvested from April to May in marshy riverbanks and muddy areas throughout the province. In Bathurst, Nepisiguit Adventures teaches travelers the local tradition of foraging for fiddleheads, as well as how to wash them properly, cook them safely, and pick them for sustainable harvesting each year. Participants will harvest fiddleheads along a quiet riverbank at the Auberge de la Vallée before learning new recipes and making lunch. The four-hour excursion is available each year from April to May, starting at $65 CAD.
Seafood lovers can taste their way through the city of Saint John with Uncorked Tours’ “Bay of Fundy Seafood Tasting”. The 2.5-hour walking tour starts at the Saint John City Market for smoked east coast salmon from the region’s oldest fish merchants. Then, a stop at Port City Royal for oysters on the half shell, seafood chowder, and craft beer. Afterwards, participants will taste sturgeon at the Saint John Boardwalk and finish with a leisurely walk to the harbor for a short history of the Bay of Fundy, sustainable fisheries, and the province’s marine life. The tour is available throughout the year, starting at $74 CAD per person.
Local Night Market
Foodies will meet local farmers, bakers, and foragers at the Garrison Night Market in the capital city of Fredericton. Every Thursday throughout the summer from 4:30pm-9:00pm, the historic district comes alive with food trucks, treats, handmade products, and entertainment. Only 65 miles south of the capital, the vibrant city of Saint John hosts their own Night Market for the first time in 2019, taking place each Thursday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm on South Market Street after the indoor farmers market closes for the day. The Garrison Night Market operates through September 5, 2019 and the Saint John Night Market operates through September 26, 2019.
Beekeepers and Honey
At Miellerie Charlo Honeyhouse in Charlo, travelers can participate in the Beekeeper’s Journey through honeybee hives. Offering two different experiences, honey lovers can observe and learn about bees from afar by visiting the Honeyhouse Exploration Centre. More adventurous explorers have the opportunity to suit up with veil and gloves and venture out to the Honey Fields to be surrounded by the bees in their natural habitat. Guests also have the opportunity to extract golden, ready-to-eat honey. Available June through September starting at $12 per child and $25 per adults.
For more information on New Brunswick, visit www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca
About Atlantic Canada Agreement on Tourism (ACAT):
This project has been made possible through funding provided by the Atlantic Canada Agreement on Tourism (ACAT). ACAT is a nine-member pan-Atlantic initiative comprising the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the four Atlantic Canada Tourism Industry Associations, and the four Provincial Departments responsible for tourism.
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