Atlantic Agricultural Farm Fair returning to Halifax with trade show

The Atlantic Agricultural Fall Fair, an East Coast tradition, is making a comeback after being cancelled last year.

'Buy local is now a necessity,' says Saltscapes magazine and expo co-founder Linda Gourlay

The farm fair's return was announced at Saturday's Saltscapes Expo. (Stephanie Blanchet/CBC)

The Atlantic Agricultural Fall Fair is back for another year — with an added trade show. 

The fair will have a midway and livestock show as in previous years, but will also pitch Nova Scotia products to international buyers, fair chairman David Logie announced Saturday.

"We know our products can stand up against the rest of the world in global markets," Logie said.

"We're going to bring those folks here and we're going to show them what we have."

Linda Gourlay of Saltscapes said she supports buying local. (Stephanie Blanchet/Radio-Canada)

'Fond memories'

Logie said he has fond memories of the Maritime Fall Fair, which was cancelled last year due to winter damage to Exhibition Park. The facility was repaired and now operates as Halifax Exhibition Centre.

This year's fair still will include livestock competitions, equine demonstrations and a petting farm, he said.

The fair is budgeted to cost around $750,000, funded by the four Atlantic provinces and corporate sponsors.

Chairman David Logie said the hope also is to showcase Nova Scotia products to international buyers. (Stephanie Blanchet/CBC)

'Better book soon'

Organizers are expecting a large turnout as they say the local agriculture and food sector is only growing, pointing to the growth of craft breweries in the province.

"If you want a hotel room in Halifax, you better book soon," Saltscapes expo and magazine co-founder Linda Gourlay told the crowd.

"Buy local is no longer an option. Buy local is now a necessity. Every time we take our wallets out of our pockets, I want you to think, 'Who are you supporting?'"

The fair will run from October 6 to 10. The plan is to hold it each year on the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Rachel Ward

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Rachel Ward is a journalist with CBC News in Calgary. You can reach her at rachel.ward@cbc.ca.

With files from Stephanie Blanchet and Elizabeth Chiu