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Dine By Design East 2015 kicks off!

Come out and enjoy our fabulous design and culinary event in Halifax

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Our 2015 design teams.

We’re stoked to be kicking off our third-annual design fundraiser Dine By Design East this week. Proceeds from this four-day design and culinary event support the Amber Harkins Memorial Scholarship at NSCAD University; Amber was a former editor of our magazine who passed away from cancer in 2012 at age 40. In just two years, our volunteer-led event has awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to NSCAD design students. (check out this video by Stephanie Beaumont of Sea and Be Scene for a great overview of the event.).


2014 gala; photo by Randal Tomada.

The event sees 10 juried designers create 10 unique dining rooms inside blank plywood spaces. Incredibly, our teams have less than 24 hours to build their rooms from the ground up! It’s amazing what they are able to create. Each team is matched with a top local chef who creates a menu inspired by their dining room. We throw a fabulous gala in the Olympic Gardens venue on Thursday, October 1. There, you’ll mingle with the chefs and designers, savouring two levels of design, artwork, fine food and wine.


2014 Gala; photo by Randal Tomada.

At noon on Friday, October 2, we host a fall fashion show at the venue. Enjoy a gourmet boxed lunch by Kitchen Door Catering, and check out new designs by Turbine, Veronica MacIsaac Apparel, Sweet Pea Boutique, Luvly in Lunenburg, and Biscuit General Store, plus emerging designers from NSCAD University.

On the weekend, we host a decorating talk with HGTV star Meredith Heron, a vegan cooking seminar with EnVie chef Diandra Phipps, plus daily panels with our design experts (Meredith Heron will be there all weekend long!). Check out the 10 design spaces with your $20 admission. Local food trucks will also be serving tasty treats in our venue parking lot.

This event is unlike anything else in Atlantic Canada, attracting the top players in architecture, cuisine, design and home-renovation. I hope to see you there!

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