We’re partnered up with Chef Michael Howell and his incredibly successful DEVOUR! Food Film Festival and given it a unique twist as we roll it out here at White Point Beach Resort.
This weekend sip, savour, explore and immerse yourself within the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve as we take you on a unique culinary journey worth devouring.
Over the course of the weekend Chef Alan Crosby and Chef Michael Howell will guide you through a Taste of the Biosphere Reserve that will likely include lobster, sea lettuce, dulse, scallops, sardines, sea cucumbers and more while Sommelier Dan Tanner will pair it up with libations from around the Biosphere. Bring your appetite for discovery and prepare to ‘DEVOUR!’ this weekend.
Check out the programme below and make plans to embark on a culinary adventure like no other!
- 2 nights accommodation
- Friday evening Sip & Savour the Biosphere Reception, followed by live entertainment in the Lounge
- Saturday Tours: explore the UNESCO Biosphere with our tours into the area, where you meet the producers and harvesters
- Workshops and Information Sessions from guest Chefs and Biosphere Producers & Harvesters
- DEVOUR! the Biosphere Reception & Gala Food Film Gala Dinner (Short Documentary Food Films that inspire a 4 – 5 course Dinner) on Saturday evening
- Saturday live entertainment in the lounge after dinner
- Sunday ‘Meet the Producers of the Biosphere’ panel discussion
- Breakfast daily
- Nightly bonfires, access to the recreation facilities and program
*based on White Point Room, plus tax.
**Gala Dinner ONLY
A limited number of seats only are available for $125 per person plus tax, ideal for those living in the area and interested in a unique experience.
DEVOUR! the Biosphere Programme
*in progress, subject to change
Friday, February 2nd
Sip & Savour the Biosphere Reception, 7 – 9pm
Meet, mingle, sip & savour the Biosphere as we kick off our weekend together exploring the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. At our welcome reception, enjoy small food bites prepared by Chef Michael Howell and White Point’s Chef Alan Crosby paired with libations from around the Biosphere by Sommelier Dan Tanner and short films curated by Devour! Managing Director Lia Rinaldo.
Friday Late Evening
Live in the Founder’s Lounge, Jamie Junger performs 8 – 11pm
Beachside bonfire at 9pm
Saturday, February 3rd Breakfast in Dining Room, on own included in package.
Edible Invasives: Eradicating the Green Crab from Kejimkujik Seaside National & their potential on your plate
Gabrielle Beaulieu the Project Manager of the Coastal Restoration Kejimkujik National Park Seaside is intimate with these invasive coastal disruptors having led the effort to eradicate them from Little Port Joli and St. Catherines’s River estuaries at Kejimkujik Seaside. You’ll get up close and personal with the Green Crab, maybe even harvest a few yourself with the assistance of the local fisherman and inventor of the ‘trap’ used most successfully, Russell Nickerson.
Yes, you’ll even sample these edible invasives, Chef Michael Howell will be serving samples of his green crab bisque prepared by Chef Michael Howell.
Lobster 101: From Sea to Savouring the Lobster Capital of Canada
It’s lobster season on the South Shore! This winter White Point is actually taking guests lobster fishing, in season, on a working lobster boat and will have lobster fisherwoman Sarah Allen onboard as their host. This weekend, Sarah invites you to climb aboard and as she takes you ‘virtually’ to sea regaling tales of lobster fishing, introduces you to sea critters and by-catches, ‘banding’ and baiting!
We’ll savour some lobster too in a fun, abbreviated culinary demo served with baby lobster rolls prepared by Chef Michael Howell.
Jill Francis, a member of Acadia First Nation invites you to learn about our areas 10,000 year old Mi’Kmaq heritage and culture and introduce you to bone broth. Considered a super food and quite trendy in larger metropolitan centres, it’s culturally significant to people all over the world. Early explorers wrote accounts of how the Mi’kmaq made theirs.
Dinner Pre-Reception & Seating (6:30pm)
Devour! The Biosphere Food & Film Gala Dinner
Devour five short food films inspiring a five-course regionally-sourced dinner paired with wines prepared by Chef Michael Howell and Chef Alan Crosby, inspired by the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. As you ‘devour’ your dinner, shore films mingle. Each course is introduced with the film inspiring the dish. Each Chef will share insights behind their creation, as Sommelier Dan Tanner introduces wines paired from within the biosphere. The short film (1-5 minutes in length) is screened and then we savour the dish!
Dinner Film Program & Menu*
*it’s a work in progress but here’s a peek, subject to change
The Ugly Bunch by Providence directed by John Henion (USA, 2015, 4 minutes)
Venerated LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold takes us on a tour of his city’s favourite dishes, even the most ugly, beautiful.
Dish: Chef Michael Howell will serve sea cucumber, local prawns, wild sea plants and mushrooms, braised Daikon purée, Hana Tsunomata seaweed.
The Last Weir directed by Tim Wilson (Canada, 2005, 5 minutes)
Director Tim Wilson will be in attendance.
It’s an ancient structure, Stonehenge in sticks. And it hums with an ancient magic, trapping the fish as the tide runs out. Stanley Stanton’s is the last of the herring weirs on Nova Scotia’s Fundy shore.
Dish by Chef Alan Crosby: Smoked Haddock Chowder, Fundy Salt Fish Cake, Bacon
Lobster Fishing directed by Alexandre Lampron (Canada, 2012, 4 minutes)
The lobster on your plate may have been caught by Victor Thibault of Meteghan, Nova Scotia.
Dish by Chef Michael Howell: Butter-poached lobster, Petite Rivière Vineyards L’Acadie & ginger beurre blanc, spinach & tomato concasse, wild sea plants.
Why This Road: Dan Portelance directed by Ben Proudfoot (Canada, 2016, 5 minutes)
As the son and grandson of fish fryers in coastal Massachusetts, Dan Portelance dreamed of a life elsewhere as a famous chef. But sometimes life deals some tough cards…
Dish by Chef Alan Crosby: Black Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin, Van Dykes Blueberry Reduction, Sweet Potato-Blueberry “Douffer”
Loss of Taste directed by Luca Nestola (Italy, 2011, 3 minutes)
Can a man live once deprived of taste? Can a man forget the flavour of life? A lonely man, unable to accept the challenges and the renounces inflicted by time, will learn how to start enjoying the taste of life again… and good wine.
Dish by Chef Michael Howell: Sea-salted Caramel Budino with foraged sea buckthorn.
Saturday Late Evening
After dinner, join us in the Founder’s Lounge as Alex Vaughn performs 8 – 11pm.
Sunday, February 4th
Breakfast in Dining Room, on own included in package.
Meet the Biosphere Producers: Moderated by Michael Howell
A conversation about the food ways of the South West Nova Biosphere featuring a panel of food producing speakers from within the Bisphere Reserve.
Film Screening & Discussion
Screening of the film Straws directed by Linda Booker (USA, 2017, 30 minutes)
Half a billion unrecyclable plastic straws end up in landfills, streets and beaches, but there’s a sea of change happening one straw at a time.
Guided Winter Beach Walk with Forager Fréderic Dardenne of FD Wild Foods on Carter’s Beach