!! Help !! Doing a project on culinary tourism in Newfoundland...
My teacher is highly suspicious of my choice. I've already talked about "nouvelle Newfoundland" cuisine in St. John's ... and Roots, Rants, and Roars. But I need more events/activities that one might put into their travel agenda if they were doing a grand food tour of Newfoundland.
How does one come across traditional Newfoundland food if they aren't visiting a local?
What are some must-eat places outside of St. John's?
Any help you can give would be appreciated!
Atlantic Canada's Premier Food and Wine Show
April 18, 2013, St. John's, Newfoundland
Annual Crab Festival
Hant's Harbour, Newfoundland
Annual Mussel Bead Soiree
Bakeapple Folk Festival
August 2013-- includes traditional food and bakeapple (cloudberry) picking
Bay Roberts, Newfoundland
Deer Lake, Newfoundland
Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland
Partridgeberry Harvest Festival
Joe Batt's Arm, Fogo Island
Humber Valley Agriculture Home/Craft Exhibition
September 2013; including food, vegetables, livestock, etc.
Deer Lake, Newfoundland
Roots, Rants and Roars Fall Festival
Fish Fun and Folk Festival
Selling Canadian Culinary Tourism: Branding the Global and the Regional Product
Culinary Tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador
Newfoundland and Labrador on a Plate: Bed, Breakfast, and Regional Identity
The Reinvention and Performance of Traditional Newfoundland Foodways in Culinary Tourism in the Bonne Bay Region
A New Menu for Tourism
Two of my favourites are Neddies Harbour Inn in Gros Morne Nat'l Park (great value, modern with local ingredients) and Seven Oakes Inn in the Town of Change Islands (best traditional cod meal I've had, ever). Gros Morne and Fogo/Change Islands are well worth a visit for their breathtaking natural beauty.
Newfoundland is a place I have travelled to for work.....probably a hundred trips...
and the best meals have been home-cooked (moose stew, fish and brewis)!
As you surmise there are places where you can get home-style meals. Most motels across the Island have coffee shops that serve traditional meals. I have eaten well from local ingredients at Sinbads Hotel in Gander (cod tongues and cheeks, fresh fish, real vegetables: potatoes, carrots, turnips, partridgeberry desserts), the Deer Lake Motel, Viking Motel in St Anthony (Jiggs dinner and sandwiches packed for travel made with fresh cooked turkey on homemade bread), even the Airport Coffee Shop in Deer Lake: a family business...stick with the daily special and homemade soups.....fish and chips from a house near the Bell Island Ferry, and a small shop in Twillingate.
Sounds like a delicious adventure !!!
Newfoundlanders are very friendly. I'd say that if you went out and talked to people, they'd probably invite you to their house for Jigg's Dinner that night!
I'm from St. John's but have brought several "mainlanders" back home. I think a good place to start if you didn't know anyone would be to book a night at The Chef's Inn. It's run by Todd Perrin and his parents. He's one of the more famous faces of nouvelle Newfoundland cuisine. He books dinner parties on certain nights of the week and cooks breakfast for the inn's guests in the morning.
Other than that, there are a ton of places in town that sell traditional Newfoundland food and drink. I wrote some suggestions here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/858548
Outside of St. John's, food is just something people eat, not fancy or pretentious. I think the new food scene is hitting St. John's because of the industry boom and I really can't think of anything outside of the city like this.