Beyond Terroir 2023 | Sept 30

Beyond Terroir 2023 | Sept 30

Regular price $125.00

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In allyship with Glooscap First Nation, Benjamin Bridge will host the fourth annual Beyond Terroir event on Saturday, September 30th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with support from NSCC's culinary, tourism and hospitality students and instructors.

The event will feature three food stations with Mi'kmaq knowledge holders at each, who will speak on various topics around this year's theme: to be announced Summer 2023. Guests will be guided through the vineyard where they will experience thoughtful food and drink pairings prepared with ingredients from the vineyard's garden and local producers.

Please note: This event is rain or shine. Guests will walk the stations through the vineyard, so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. The ticket profits from this event will go to Glooscap First Nation for community youth activities. Tickets are transferrable but non-refundable.


Chief Sidney Peters of Glooscap First Nation says about the Beyond Terroir: Mi’kmaq culture, just like Benjamin Bridge, is centred on family and community. This event beautifully encapsulates these relationships. When you come, you feel the warmth and hospitality, and when you leave, you leave with new friendships.

Chief Sidney Peters of Glooscap First Nation will provide opening remarks to guests as they are greeted by Mi’kmaq dancers and drummers. Small groups of guests will walk the south-facing slopes of the Valley to three stations, each hosted by a guest speaker. This year’s speakers will be Mi'kmaq knowledge holders from around Mi'kma'ki who will speak on a loose theme of 'land first'. 

Each station will also feature small-plate creations paired with a wine and/or zero-proof beverage, incorporating traditional foods led by Benjamin Bridge’s culinary manager, Kyla Welton in collaboration with student volunteers from NSCC’s culinary program.  Guests will then rejoin to enjoy foraged tea and closing remarks by Lorraine Whitman, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

This annual event will delve into the essential Mi’kmaq teachings around Netukulimk – a powerful and complex concept and way of life, that speaks to sustainable lifeways in connection to our natural world and in our relationships with each other.

Event profits will go directly to Glooscap First Nation to support youth activities in the community. 

The idea for Beyond Terroir began several years ago, when lifelong friend of Benjamin Bridge, Zabrina Whitman of Glooscap First Nation, and head winemaker Jean-Benoit Deslauriers, had a conversation around the absence of Indigenous voices and culture in present day dialogue on food and wine. To discuss the concept of "terroir" in our winemaking requires the knowledge of the first peoples who have lived on the land since time immemorial and who have managed resources of the Gaspereau Valley long before there were vineyards or farms of any sort.