Global Warming in Newfoundland and Labrador?

If someone was to ask me about global warming in NL lately I would tell them they were crazy, it seems to me it is actually getting colder!! This cold, wet, gloomy and even snowy weather is a real downer (in my opinion), I took this week off to relax and get some work done around the house. Around the house meaning outside, a little yard work and tiding up, but she it is not fit to put your dog out even.

Photo credit Margaret Ayad, (I hope they made it)

Photo credit Margaret Ayad, (I hope they made it)


During Easter, there was a glimmer of hope, it seemed to get warmer, my friend Margaret Ayad was posting pictures of birds and crocus’s getting ready to bloom. I wonder if they ever got to, the weather has turned and the opportunity for the dreaded frost is still a possibility.
Photo credit, Victoria Munavish. Iceberg off the coast of Bay Roberts, NL, Canada

Photo credit, Victoria Munavish. Iceberg off the coast of Bay Roberts, NL, Canada


Some blame it on the icebergs, because it is too early for the caplin, that’s June’s cold weather excuse. I am sure the bergs are cold, but certainly can’t give all the credit to them. Some like to blame Brian Walsh, Eddie Sheer or Ryan Snoddon but these guys are only doing their job in this competitive world of a weather man. Bob Lewis use to tell us about the weather after supper every night (I always wanted to write on that weather map). Today it is high tech, with radar images, patterns, models, twitter posts and of course blogs, all fighting to give us the information we want quickly. In NL they are sort of rock stars, we wait for the word, sun or rain, hot or cold, mostly we are disappointed, especially this month.
Is there global warming? I guess so, I see it on the news, huge glaciers crumbling into the sea, poor old polar bears looking for a place to go. Species of fish and birds travelling farther north, because it is warmer….well not this month. I do hear the chickadee calling in the distance, this gives me hope, and I do see a little blue sky coming towards me as I write.
All this ranting reminds me of some of the Newfoundland and Labrador sayings I use to hear while growing up in rural NL (still discovering some). Below is some examples, click on the ones you remember or add a new one, it seems they vary from region to region.

This poll celebrates our unique language and dialect, remember, if you know of others please add them!!

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Songs Stages and Seafood 2014 ….What a Time!!!

Songs Stages and Seafood 2014 ….What a Time!!!
I can’t believe our second Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival has come and gone, leaving many fond memories for those who attended. For those who attended, it was a weekend to celebrate the sea and all it inspires. Our festival is designed to engage a broad audience, those who love music, dance, and of course food. Most of the events were family friendly and interactive. One of the festivals foundations is education, most of the events had some component of learning, from workshops, demos, and a chowder competition, and it is indeed experiential and engaging.
It is important that I acknowledge that this festival is a developing project, there will be changes to ensure the primary goals are met. (Which are: profiling local product, world class chefs and musicians, celebrating the heritage and culture of the sea and of course bring more people into our region)
As the festival grows, so will partnerships with the industry and the local business community, opportunities will present itself to ensure this event is sustainable and aid in the tourism development of the region. The ultimate goal is to offer a world class event and make the festival a destination within our destination management organization http://legendarycoasts.com/
We have a great deal to be thankful for and much to show the world, our region abounds with treasures it is our time to ensure we have the building blocks in place , the Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival is becoming one of the foundations to the tourism shoulder season in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Please take the time and look at a sampling of some of the pictures taken at this year’s festival.

Roger Dewling's Salt Cod Ravioli during the Small Plate Opening of the Songs Stages and Seafood Festival

Roger Dewling’s Salt Cod Ravioli during the Small Plate Opening of the Songs Stages and Seafood Festival

Chef Garry Gosse's Chowder, love the presentation during the Small Plates Opening Friday Night

Chef Garry Gosse’s Chowder, love the presentation during the Small Plates Opening Friday Night

Morning Culinary Workshop with Chef Andrea Maunder of Bacalao St. John's

Morning Culinary Workshop with Chef Andrea Maunder of Bacalao St. John’s

Ronnie Power and Anthony McDonald performing during the "Experience the Sea Luncheon"

Ronnie Power and Anthony McDonald performing during the “Experience the Sea Luncheon”

Chef Chris Sheppard from the College of the North Atlantic and Nancy Brace of the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador...proud to call them friends

Chef Chris Sheppard from the College of the North Atlantic and Nancy Brace of the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador…proud to call them friends

Chef's Ruth MacDonald and Chris Sheppard (judges) with the winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chowder Challenge Champion Paula Bowering.

Chef’s Ruth MacDonald and Chris Sheppard (judges) with the winner of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chowder Challenge Champion Paula Bowering.

Chef Roger Dewling prepping his salmon for the Seafood BBQ...product from Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association

Chef Roger Dewling prepping his salmon for the Seafood BBQ…product from Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association

Crab on harvested only hours before the BBQ, there was plenty for everyone!!

Crab on harvested only hours before the BBQ, there was plenty for everyone!!

Kathi Stacy , Executive Director of the Legendary Coast DMO was certainly in here element and supportive!!

Kathi Stacy , Executive Director of the Legendary Coast DMO was certainly in here element and supportive!!

Stu and his team from the NL Chocolate Company profiled local chocolate at the festival, thanks so much for attending!!

Stu and his team from the NL Chocolate Company profiled local chocolate at the festival, thanks so much for attending!!

Some of the chefs for the BBQ included Roger Dewling. Garry Gosse, Chris Sheppard, Rut and Matt MacDonald, Shaun Hussey and Roary MacPhearson #booya

Some of the chefs for the BBQ included Roger Dewling. Garry Gosse, Chris Sheppard, Rut and Matt MacDonald, Shaun Hussey and Roary MacPhearson #booya

Special thank you to the BBQ king Chef Garry Gosse of Hr. Breeze Catering!!

Special thank you to the BBQ king Chef Garry Gosse of Hr. Breeze Catering!!

Chef's Andrea Maunder, Mark Mc Crowe and Roger Dewling working on the desserts. (they were amazing!!

Chef’s Andrea Maunder, Mark Mc Crowe and Roger Dewling working on the desserts. (they were amazing!!

Chuck Lewis , John Curran, and Greg Walsh of the Masterless Men entertained the crowd. Thanks so much guys!!

Chuck Lewis , John Curran, and Greg Walsh of the Masterless Men entertained the crowd. Thanks so much guys!!

Adam Blanchard of Five Brothers Cheese at the Toutons, Tom Cods and Tunes for the final event of the Songs , Stages and Seafood Festival...it was a long weekend, thanks for staying for the final event!!

Adam Blanchard of Five Brothers Cheese at the Toutons, Tom Cods and Tunes for the final event of the Songs , Stages and Seafood Festival…it was a long weekend, thanks for staying for the final event!!

Local fisherman Dave Parsons showing the participants the traditional way to split a cod for salting, he also broke down the cod afterwards showing all the usable parts. Thanks Dave!!

Local fisherman Dave Parsons showing the participants the traditional way to split a cod for salting, he also broke down the cod afterwards showing all the usable parts. Thanks Dave!!

The venues were amazing, the people were fantastic, our volunteers were top notch ...this is one of my favorite shots of the festival.

The venues were amazing, the people were fantastic, our volunteers were top notch …this is one of my favorite shots of the festival.

Thanks so much to the FFAW and NAIA, as well as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Town of Bay Roberts, and Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation for your support financially or product!!
To the many volunteers, staff and councillors for your support, it is appreciated.
To Lois Dawe, Ian Flynn, and Nichole Hiscock a heartfelt thank you. To our Special Events Committee, we have been doing events a long time and you are always up for the challenge, thank you for the best team I have ever worked with.
To Garry Gosse, Nancy Brace, Shaun Hussey, thank you for your support and guidance.
Chefs, musician’s, dancers (Catherine’s Dance Studio) thank you for making this a wonderful event.
Kindra Bowering of Jungle Jims for being a Sous Chef during the event.
Our Fire Department and Wolverines Search and Rescue Group thank you.
The Royal Canadian Legion, Grace United Hall, SUF Lodge, Powell’s Test Kitchen Thank you.
if I missed any one I am sorry, as you can see it takes many to make this a success.

Songs Stages and Seafood Festival (May 22-25)…is also a celebration of music, dance and …dare I say it….education!!

Songs Stages and Seafood Festival is designed to celebrate the sea through music, dance, and of course seafood. We are also proud to offer educational components to the festival; there is a culinary workshop where participants of all ages can learn various techniques of food preparations. Food demonstrations at our Carved by the Sea Luncheon, competitive opportunities at the Provincial Seafood Chowder Challenge and cod splitting demonstrations at the Red Fisherman’s Shed during Toutons, Tom Cods and Tunes. Each of these particular events is family friendly!!
Built in the name of the festival is songs and stages, many songs written and performed on a “stage” , many songs were danced to on a “stage” or in the middle of a church hall . Music and dance are part of our culture; it is woven into the very fabric of Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans. They blend together perfectly, in my opinion to help celebrate this wonderful tribute to the sea and its people.
People will come to the festival for the food, but for the music and the dance as well. We have some amazing performers with us this year they are world class in my opinion, and I am honored to have them. This combination makes for a unique and authentic experience for those who will be attending the Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival .
Take a look at this year’s performers, and I hope to see you there!!

The Secrets will be performing during the NL Fashion Designers Show case!! (Plenty of wonderful food served at this event) get your ticket now!!

The Secrets will be performing during the NL Fashion Designers Show case!! (Plenty of wonderful food served at this event) get your ticket now!!

During the Small Plates Opening Reception participants are going to be in for a treat, Billy Sutton and Aaron Collis will be playing for us during this special evening . This eight course event is almost sold out , don't be disappointed , get your ticket this week!!)

During the Small Plates Opening Reception participants are going to be in for a treat, Billy Sutton and Aaron Collis will be playing for us during this special evening . This eight course event is almost sold out , don’t be disappointed , get your ticket this week!!)

Ronnie Power founding member of the Juno Award winning Irish Descendants and Anthony McDonald will perform during the "Experience the Sea Luncheon and Demo". Chef Chris Sheppard will demo the luncheon, note pads provided for those who like recipes!

Ronnie Power founding member of the Juno Award winning Irish Descendants and Anthony McDonald will perform during the “Experience the Sea Luncheon and Demo”. Chef Chris Sheppard will demo the luncheon, note pads provided for those who like recipes!

During the "Carved by the Sea Luncheon" Catherine's Dance Studio Traditional Dancers will be performing!!

During the “Carved by the Sea Luncheon” Catherine’s Dance Studio Traditional Dancers will be performing!!

For those who have  had the opportunity to attend our Chefs Seafood BBQ last year know that it is an amazing event, filled with good food and music!! This year participants are in for a special evening as after the food is finished the show is not over!! Starting off the evening (food portion) is John Curran and Greg Walsh of the Masterless Men (am hearing rumors that Chuck might make an appearance too!!).

For those who have had the opportunity to attend our Chefs Seafood BBQ last year know that it is an amazing event, filled with good food and music!! This year participants are in for a special evening as after the food is finished the show is not over!! Starting off the evening (food portion) is John Curran and Greg Walsh of the Masterless Men (am hearing rumors that Chuck might make an appearance too!!).

When the food is done and it is time to "Dance and Sing" , Arthur O'Brien and Fred Jorgenson of the Navigators will take the stage!!

When the food is done and it is time to “Dance and Sing” , Arthur O’Brien and Fred Jorgenson of the Navigators will take the stage!!

Home town fiddler Danielle Bowering will be performing during the Toutons, Tom Cods and Tunes afternoon at the Red Fisherman's shed.  This hike/food experience is a nice way to finish off the 2nd Annual Songs , Stages and Seafood Festival!!

Home town fiddler Danielle Bowering will be performing during the Toutons, Tom Cods and Tunes afternoon at the Red Fisherman’s shed. This hike/food experience is a nice way to finish off the 2nd Annual Songs , Stages and Seafood Festival!!

For more information on this years festival , please visit http://songsstagesandseafood.com/ , I hope to see you there!!!

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Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival enters its second year!!

Last year we had a wonderful response trying to find a name for our provincial seafood festival. Eventually , with the help of many we decided to go with the Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival. Last years event was a huge success , we did what we wanted to do, profile music, dance and food all inspired by the sea! It was a melting pot of our culture, it appealed to our senses and was certainly a pleasant surprise for those who were unsure of this new shoulder season event. The team of chefs were second to none, the musicians and dancers captivated the festival participants. I was particularly proud of our staff and volunteers who worked so hard to ensure this was a top shelf event.

We are now into our second year and the event is only 2 weeks away!! Chefs are working on their menu’s and entertainment is booked. This week we will be working on our inventory of plates, utensils, decorations, signage, and of course decorations. Our team is working hard to ensure we build a unique and sustainable product that promotes all things from the sea. I invite you to take part in this celebration. There is truly something for everyone ,if you want to sample food, have a amazing dining experience, take in a workshop, watch a demo, submit a chowder for our chowder challenge, or listen to some of the best music our province has to offer, we have it all!!

Take a look at our poster, it will give you a better picture of the weekends events and the amazing talent that will be here!!>>>

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Chowder Challenge

The Town of Bay Robert’s Proudly Presents
The Newfoundland and Labrador Seafood Chowder Challenge!!
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Do you make amazing seafood chowder? Is it the BEST in Newfoundland?
Then enter the first Newfoundland and Labrador Seafood Chowder Challenge!!
WHERE: SUF Lodge (Corner of Patterson and Water Street, Bat Robert’s)
WHEN: May 24, 2014 @ 2:30 P.M.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place (First place 250.00 cash prize)
To register please call Lois @ 683-6377
General information and rules:
Registered participants are required to pay an entry fee of $10.00. Not a cook but love chowder? The audience gets to taste all the chowder and then cast their vote!! (admission is $10.00)
Participants will have to have 4 litres of chowder prepared for the judging and have it delivered to the SUF by 1:30pm.
Chefs tasting begins at 2:30, public tasting 2:45. Chefs Chowder demo at 3pm. The 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Seafood Chowder Challenge winner will be announced 3:30.
Please note: All chowder has to be transported in crock pots and be thoroughly heated. Members of the Bay Roberts Special Events Committee will not be responsible for reheating any of the submitted chowder.
No participant shall enlist the assistance of a professional cook or chef.

For up to date information on the Songs, Stages and Seafood Festival please visit http://songsstagesandseafood.com/