Nova Scotia

Fans cheesed off after Halifax's Scotiabank Centre scraps orange nacho sauce

French fries have their ketchup. Donairs have their donair sauce. Nacho chips have their gooey cheese. But that last one is no longer the case at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. The orange nacho sauce has been scrapped and some are mourning its loss.

'I don't understand the need to subtract something that makes something more edible'

Cheese sauce, like the one pictured here, has been cut from the nachos at Halifax's Scotiabank Centre. That has left some cheese-loving fans ticked off. (Wikimedia Commons/Jennifer Feuchter)

French fries have their ketchup. Donairs have their donair sauce. Nacho chips have their gooey cheese.

But that last one is no longer the case at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.

The concessions stands there scrapped the warm, fluorescent orange sauce from their menus in September, instead opting to serve their nacho chips with just salsa.

It's a move that has some cheese lovers pretty ticked off, including Joey Maxwell, a Halifax Mooseheads hockey team season ticket holder.

"It shocked me ... I thought it was B.S. that they didn't offer the cheese anymore," he told CBC Radio's Mainstreet. "I don't understand the need to subtract something that makes something more edible."

Maxwell, who has blogged about the team in the past, said the nachos used to come as a trio: the tortilla chips, the salsa and the cheese sauce. He would omit the salsa and get a double order of cheese, a tactic his friend showed him.

He said the salsa just doesn't suffice.

Mooseheads season tickets holder Joey Maxwell said he was shocked to find the cheese was gone. 'I’m just invested in the team and it’d be nice if the concessions were kind of matching the product that they offer on the ice.' (Haydn Watters/CBC)

"It's just mild. There's not really any spice. The cheese kind of gave it the spice and now you're getting rid of it and it's perplexing to me," he said.

"In my opinion, if you're going to do just salsa, it won't fly. You have to have the cheese involved somewhere."

Cheese comeback?

Maxwell thinks it may be part of a wider issue with concessions in general. The Scotiabank Centre switched over to a new concession partner, Centerplate, last year.

Robert Logan, the facility's general manager, said they have received feedback and complaints about the cheese sauce being pulled and are working with Centerplate to fix it.

In my opinion, if you're going to do just salsa, it won't fly. You have to have the cheese involved somewhere.- Joey Maxwell, Mooseheads and nacho cheese fan

"They were looking to try something new. We go through the menus on an annual basis," he told Mainstreet. "This year we just happened to run with chips and salsa."

He said they are currently looking into cheese options from suppliers.

"Certainly, we've heard about the cheese ... we've taken the feedback, we're working with our food supplier," he said. "Once we find various options, then we'd look to put it in place when it's ready."

Nacho boycott

Maxwell said he has been boycotting the food from the arena's concessions, citing the price and quality.

He said he knows about 10 or 12 season ticket holders who would likely stop ordering nachos as well, if it came to it. Others have complained online about the absence of cheese.

"I think they'll hear it from more people as more people realize they can't get cheese," he said.

"Nachos were my go-to, aside from the popcorn there. But now, I'll be avoiding them until they figure out the cheese situation."

About the Author

Haydn Watters is a roving reporter for Ontario, primarily serving the province's local radio shows. He has worked for CBC News and CBC Radio in Halifax, Yellowknife, Ottawa and Toronto, with stints at the politics bureau and the entertainment unit. He also ran an experimental one-person pop-up bureau for the CBC in Barrie, Ont.

With files from CBC Radio's Mainstreet