The Amherst News - 2020-03-25


When you have an egg and bread factory...


Editor’s note: As of press time, no cancellations to the above events have been announced. Readers are advised to check to see if events will be going ahead.

Did you hear about the French toast that hired a lawyer? It needed help getting out of a sticky situation. The Town of Amherst’s second annual French Toast Fest is almost upon us, and the food promises to be much better than the joke! A centuries-old breakfast dish that combines eggs, bread and syrup will be all the rage in Amherst when the town holds the festival between March 26 and April 1. When your town has an egg factory, a bread factory and the community is surrounded by sugar woods, it only makes sense to bring those ingredients together to celebrate one of the world’s most popular dishes. Seven local chefs from local restaurants have developed specialty French toast recipes they will add to their menus during the event. We encourage people to take advantage of this culinary delight by visiting as many of the restaurants as they can. The participating restaurants are Breakfast at Brittney’s, Art of Eating Deli, The Old Warehouse Café & Lounge, Frank & Gino’s Grill and Pasta House, Birkinshaw’s Tea Room & Coffee House, Savoie Kitchen and Bliss Crystal Café. Included in the festival is a French Toast Six Ways Taster Event hosted by Birkinshaw’s Tea Room & Coffee House from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on March 26. For just $20 you can sample their unique French Toast menu. Choose your two favourites for main and dessert, then share with friends and taste mini bites throughout the evening to get yourself truly hooked on French toast. A French toast cooking class will be held at Simply for Life at 11 a.m. on March 28. Later that day, from 1 to 3 p.m., stop in at Dayle’s Grand Market for a candy on the snow demonstration from Hidden Mountain Maple Farms. You can also visit their adorable sugar cabin pop-up shop to purchase their locally made maple products. FRESH START COMMUNITY INITIATIVE The Town of Amherst is once again seeking to fund bright, innovative community events or initiatives through its ‘A’ Fresh Start Community Initiative. Up to $17,500 will be shared by the top five events or initiatives through a competitive process that begins with an application that will be accepted between now and 4:30 p.m. on April 1. The applications can be found on the town’s website at or be picked up at the town hall, located at 98 Victoria St. E. To qualify, the event or initiative must be new or one that enhances a current program. Those receiving grants will have 12 months after the approval date to plan and execute the event. FIRST RESPONDERS WEEK Join us in honouring the First Responders who protect, serve and make sacrifices for the residents of our community. On April 6, at 12:15 p.m., the Town of Amherst will have a flag-raising ceremony to give thanks to its four key organizations — the Amherst Police Department, Amherst Fire Department, Cumberland RCMP and local EHS paramedics. PURPLE DAY Did you know March 26 is Purple Day, the international day for epilepsy awareness? Every year, on that date, people from around the world wear purple to show their support for those with epilepsy and raise awareness about the condition. ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE The Town of Amherst is seeking six community members to serve on its newly created Accessibility Advisory Committee. Applicants must be residents of Amherst. The role of this committee is to assist town council in fulfilling its responsibilities related to identifying, preventing and eliminating barriers to people with disabilities in municipal programs, services, initiatives and facilities. Disability includes a physical, mental, intellectual, learning or sensory impairment, including an episodic disability, that, in interaction with a barrier, hinders an individual’s full and effective participation in society. In accordance with the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act, at least half of the committee’s membership must be people with disabilities or represent organizations that represent people with disabilities, with preference for the former. The committee’s terms of reference can be viewed on the town’s webpage at


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