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8 Mouthwatering Acadian Food Favourites you’ll want to try!

Nova Scotia's Acadian regions all have a cherished food specialty just waiting for you to discover. You'll definitely want to indulge in these delicious traditional foods:


1. Rappie Pie or “râpure”:

A cherished rustic Acadian specialty which embodies the heritage and culinary traditions of Nova Scotia's Acadian community. Grated potato is used as the pie base and baked until it reaches a crispy golden crust. The pie is then garnished with flavourful, juicy meat, typically pork or chicken, delicately seasoned with onions and savoury. This dish is traditionally best enjoyed with… molasses! Although this may seem a surprising combination, molasses is an Acadian staple thanks to historical trading relations with the West Indies.


2. Fresh luscious lobster

A most delectable and decadent delicacy to enjoy while visiting the traditional fishing communities of Acadia. Savour the satisfying flavours of freshly cooked luscious lobster and its melt-in-your-mouth texture, releasing bursts of maritime flavours.

A perfect dining experience to accompany the picturesque Acadian shores, capturing the essence of Acadia’s culinary heritage and its deep connection to the ocean.

Indulge in the most authentic of Acadian and local traditions with fresh lobster cooked directly on the seashore, at La Bloc Beach in Cape Breton.

A perfect evening savouring freshly cooked, juicy lobster and local specialties on La Bloc beach, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
A perfect evening savouring freshly cooked, juicy lobster and local specialties on La Bloc beach, Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Photo credit: Tourism Nova Scotia.

You'll find similar lobster dinner experiences all along the Acadian shores of Nova Scotia. Check the local visitor centres for specific experiences offered in your area.


3. Seafood, crab, fish or lobster chowder:

Succulent SeaFood Chowde
Succulent SeaFood Chowder (on right): an Acadian "must-taste". Photo credit: Adam Cornick (acornphotographs@gmail.com) & Visitez Nouvelle-Écosse / Le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse.

Experience the delight of the authentic Acadian ocean “chaudrée” (chowder), a delicately seasoned broth enhancing the flavourful freshest catches of the ocean combined with hearty potato chunks in a comforting and steaming savoury bowl. Make sure to indulge in this traditional meal while visiting one of the Acadian coastal and fishing communities of Nova Scotia, where the local heritage has perfected a culinary celebration of the land’s and the ocean's bounty.


4. Poutine rapée:

A savoury salted pork centre, enveloped in a delicate coat of mashed and grated potato. Indulge in the tastes of Nova Scotia's Acadian culinary past with every bite, the tender potato exterior giving way to the savoury goodness within. A delectable specialty that speaks of tradition and the love for a simple, yet hearty and comforting treat of the senses.


5. Acadian Chicken Fricot:

A soul-warming, hearty chicken stew that includes a vegetable medley of potatoes, carrots, onions, celery, and savoury (and oftentimes dumplings). This softly, slowly simmered meal, typically blends many rich flavours. It is an Acadian culinary embodiment of both comfort and nourishment, especially during colder months. Since it's typically a one-big-pot meal, it is a meal that often accompanies some of the fondest memories of Acadian gatherings.


6. Acadian Chiard:

Multiple versions of this traditional Acadian specialty exist throughout Nova Scotia and even Acadie, yet all will introduce you to the heartwarming rustic charms of Acadian cuisine. Succulent salted pork fat delicately infuses thinly sliced potatoes and chopped carrots which can, on occasion, be balanced with other local vegetables. For that topping-all authentic Acadian taste experience, the best Acadian Chiards include salted chives or herbs. These traditional herb preserves make a beloved meal, with simple yet heartwarming flavours. It is also a culinary testament to the resourcefulness of Acadian cooking, where humble ingredients are transformed into a delicious and memorable culinary experience.


7. Acadian meat pie ("pain à la viande"):

A comforting and delicious traditional Acadian savoury pie specialty, which is filled with a delicious blend of meat (typically pork or beef), onions, and herbs, encased in a "biscuity" pastry crust. Each bite reveals a delicious and balanced medley of flavours that warms both the heart and the palate.


8. Unforgettable Acadian Molasses cookies:

For the best authentic Acadian experience, savour them with a smidge of salted butter! These sweet and fragrant cookies are made with simple ingredients which are flour, butter, brown sugar, molasses, and spices. The dough is mixed and shaped into small rounds, then baked to a golden perfect balance of sweet crumbliness and rich flavours. The molasses lend a deep, caramelized note which is ideally complemented by hints of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Molasses Biscuits are a cherished treat, they also embody a rich Acadian heritage, as these are typically the first recipes Acadian families will share with their children. Being rather easy to make, they're served and enjoyed on practically any occasion.


The best part of all is indulging in different variants of these 8 Mouthwatering Acadian Food Favourites in the different Acadian regions of Nova Scotia. Let us know which of these 8 Acadian Food Favourites you liked best!

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