From food trucks to free music, Open City 3.0 set to take over Halifax and Dartmouth

Aly Thomson, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - It’s a chance to be a tourist in your own town.

Gordon Stevens poses for a portrait in Halifax last year.

About 145 local restaurants, retailers and museums will be offering up various incentives and activities this Saturday to entice HRM residents onto the peninsula for Open City 3.0.

Event founder Gordon Stevens said the unique-to-Halifax festival, now in its third year, seeks to lure Haligonians to explore and experience the city.

“What we want is to make sure that all the people that live here have as much knowledge about the city so that when visitors come in the summer, they can be great ambassadors,” said Stevens, who founded I Love Local Halifax.

About 45 restaurants will once again be offering up food as part of a “back door takeout” menu, one of the festival’s most successful aspects, said Stevens.

“Whether it’s actually out the kitchen door or out on the sidewalk in front of their restaurant, there will be food from breakfast until night,” said Stevens.

“You can eat your way across the city and over to Dartmouth.”

It’s the first year, he added, that the event is spilling across the harbour into the City of Lakes.

Stevens said there’s plenty for everyone, including free admission to art galleries and museums and live entertainment across the city.

Down at Bishop’s Landing, the Halifax Press food truck will be offering up a selection of their specialty sandwiches.

It’s not only Halifax Press owner Jill Johnsrude’s first Open City, it’s also the grand opening of her new business.

“It’s going to be our big coming out party,” said Johnsrude, touting her That Dutchman’s gouda cheese sandwich with maple roasted sweet potatoes, Propeller Porter caramelized onions and walnuts.

“We’re coming out with a bang.”

Some of the live music Saturday for Open City 3.0:

Grand Parade Square: Acres and Acres, 11 a.m.; Kim Harris, 12:15 p.m.; Laura Merrimen, 1:30 p.m.; Adam Baldwin, 2:45 p.m.

Bishop’s Landing: The Chess Club, noon-3 p.m.

Halifax Seaport Market: Live music from 7 to 10 p.m.

The North Street Church Open house and live music from 2 to 4 p.m.

Plan B (Gottingen Street) Live art and music from 6 to 10 p.m.

Stubborn Goat Gastropub (Grafton Street) BBQ and music, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Organizations: Halifax Press, The Chess Club, The North Street Church Open house

Geographic location: Open, Dartmouth, Lakes Gottingen Street Grafton Street

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