Note: A list of locations offering sampling events follows this release. Nova Scotians can visit their nearest grocery store or farmers market for a taste of local, seasonal foods. During the next week, many retail outlets are offering free samples of Nova Scotia foods. Consumers are encouraged to try the samples and pick up recipes and product information. “This is a great opportunity for Nova Scotians to sample delicious Nova Scotia produce in the middle of winter,” said Agriculture Minister John MacDonell. The tastings are part of the Winter Fresh campaign to raise consumer awareness about locally grown foods and help support a more competitive and profitable agriculture industry. “Through our Choose Atlantic program, Sobeys is proud to be a leader in bringing locally grown food to our customers in Nova Scotia,” said Brian Morrissey, general manager of Sobeys Atlantic. “Local is more than fresh strawberries in the summer and corn in the fall. Participating in the Winter Fresh campaign will showcase many great Nova Scotia-grown foods that are available in our stores year-round.” The Winter Fresh campaign also includes sponsorship of Select Nova Scotia Community Suppers across the province and a partnership with the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia’s popular Dine Around program. Select Nova Scotia was developed to create partnerships with food producers, processors, retailers, food service and consumers and to promote the sale and consumption of Nova Scotia grown and produced food. More information on the Winter Fresh campaign, sampling events and which foods are in season and where to find them can be found at www.selectnovascotia.ca .