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Grand Conseil 2020


Halifax looks forward to welcoming delegates of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin to the Grand Conseil 2020, September 24 – 26, 2020!

Halifax is the authentic East Coast experience. Here you can satisfy your taste for adventure, entertainment and cuisine. Enjoy exploring the historic downtown or take in the iconic coastline of the Halifax region . . . from the natural beauty of Peggy’s Cove to the pristine beaches of the Eastern Shore.

In addition to our traditional Maritime Lobster Boil, and savouring the Napa-like hospitality of the Gaspareau Valley, the GC2020 will feature a wine theme: The Original Grand Crus of Burgundy. The classification system established in the 1930s did not reflect the glorious reputations of some legendary properties and regions of Burgundy, so guided by some recent research on the part of our esteemed caviste, Van Penick, we will be tasting, among other match-ups, 2010 Domaine Leflaive’s Blagny against its Les Combettes against its Batard-Montrachet; 2005 Ruchottes-Chambertin (Esmonin) against Fixin’s Clos de la Perriere; and a finale of 2006s: Richebourg (Liger-Belair), Clos Vougeot (Bouchard) and Clos de Tart.  Adopting a collegial rather than scientific methodology, we will settle whether the 1930s classification has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, or whether there are under-appreciated and under-valued Burgundies of the highest quality begging for attention from our Sous-Commanderies across Canada.

We look forward to welcoming all of you to Halifax’s new Sutton Place Hotel Halifax, to the sights and sounds of our waterfront, to our historic City Hall for the Paulèe, and to the homes of our members for the dine-around dinners. Please as well consider staying in Nova Scotia before or after. September is the best month of the year; the leaves are beginning to change colour and you can enjoy some of the top golf courses in the world (Cabot Links and Cliffs, Fox Harbr’), salmon fishing, the Highlands of Cape Breton and the many historic sea-side towns and villages.

In vino veritas!

Marlon Lewis, FRSC

Grand Sénéchal

Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin

Sous-Commanderie d’Halifax





Thursday, September 24

Traditional Lobster Dinner at Murphy’s on the Water – join us in the lobby of the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax at 6:00 pm to make our way to Murphy’s which sits on the edge of the longest extending wharf on the Halifax waterfront. The perfect venue to begin our three-days of festivities with unobstructed views of the bustling Harbour (Chebucto in the language of the Mi’kmaq first nation, meaning ‘big harbour’), Georges Island, and McNabs Island. Be ready to roll-up your sleeves to enjoy a traditional Maritime Lobster Boil as well as the first of our cellared selections of the Original Grand Crus of Burgundy.

Friday, September 25

Lunch Excursion – We will visit the Gaspereau Valley for a private tour and spectacular luncheon in the Cellar Room of Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards. Lightfoot & Wolfville is known for maximizing the expression of their wines by practicing biodynamic viticulture in some of the Annapolis Valley’s most privileged vineyard sites. During the vineyard tour we will explore the property, taking in stunning views of Cape Blomidon and rolling vineyards while learning about the farm’s history, the significance of the local geography, and the core principles of the winery: legacy, quality and sustainability. We will be travelling to the Valley by luxury coach.

Dine-Arounds – Vans/Limos will depart from the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax at 6:30 pm. Halifax Chevaliers look forward to opening their homes and sharing Maritime hospitality for intimate dinners with superb wines.

 Saturday, September 26

Annual General Meeting – The AGM will take place in the Halifax Convention Centre which is conveniently connected to our host hotel. A continental breakfast will be available for delegates at 9:30 am. The meeting will start promptly at 10:00 am until 11:45 am.

Spousal/Guest Excursion – Our group is booked to visit The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. Pier 21 was the entry point for one in five immigrants to Canada between 1928 and 1971. The guided tour of the Pier 21 includes an orientation to the Canadian Immigration Story exhibit, and a viewing of the new film “in Canada”.  We should also have time to visit the travelling exhibit (to be determined!), as well as the Scotiabank Family History Centre and our lovely gift shop. We will gather in the lobby at 9:15 am to be taken by luxury coach.

La Paulée luncheon at City Hall – Mayor Mike Savage welcomes Grand Conseil attendees for a traditional Paulée luncheon in historic City Hall. Halifax City Hall is the home of municipal government in HalifaxNova Scotia, Canada. Designed by architect Edward Elliot and constructed for the City of Halifax between 1887 and 1890, it is one of the oldest and largest public buildings in Nova Scotia. The property was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1997. A delectable menu has been created for your enjoyment along with your cellar treasures.

You may recognize the inspiration for our logo when you visit City Hall, as it was inspired by Halifax’s Coat of Arms.

Gala Closing Dinner – An elegant black-tie celebration will be held at the Halifax Convention Centre to be the crowning event of the 2020 Grand Conseil. Executive Chef Christophe Luzeux, CCC and his culinary team have created an exciting menu that perfectly complements the stellar wines that we have organized for this special event.




The cost for the three-day event is $2300 (Cdn.) per person.

The initial deposit is $1300 (Cdn.) per person. The final balance will be due June 1, 2020.

Register today by completing the following registration link:



OR scan the attached Registration Form and return by email to:

Joanne Williams:


Opening in Spring 2020 the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax is located in the heart of Downtown Halifax. The hotel will offer luxurious hotel living with classic European style and a 5-star hospitality experience.

Rates:  The hotel has reserved rooms for our 2020 Grand Conseil at a special rate of $279/night. VIP Welcome amenities and complimentary wifi in guest rooms will be included.

Reservations:  You can book your hotel reservation via the following Group Link:

The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax

Attendees are encouraged to make your hotel reservations no later than July 1st, 2020 to assist the local Host committee with the management of the hotel room block and to ensure you receive the negotiated room block rate.



Halifax is so easily accessible by air, land and sea; you’ll be here before you know it!

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is Atlantic Canada’s centre for domestic, regional and international flight service offering direct flights to and from other Canadian cities, major city centres in the U.S., as well as the UK and Continental Europe.

Getting around downtown Halifax:

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Halifax is the perfect place to plan your East Coast escape. Discover what makes travel to our region special . . . whether it’s through our food and wine, must-see attractions, vibrant nightlife or outdoor adventure – there are so many ways to experience our capital city by the sea!

We invite visitors to experience the best of Halifax through the newly-launched Handpicked Halifax, showcasing authentic, unique and totally-awesome experiences!


There is so much to experience in Nova Scotia, Canada, why come just for the conference when you can come early and stay late to discover our stunning province! Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, beautiful scenery, fresh seafood, local cuisine and wine, an urban experience or something off the beaten path, Nova Scotia offers lots to do, see and experience.


Show your conference delegate badge to any of the Show Your Badge participating businesses and receive VIP offers designed exclusively for convention attendees and their companions.

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View the full e-reader version of the Official Halifax Highlights Visitor Guide. Once you have arrived in our region, hard copy versions of the guide can also be obtained at the Visitor Information Centre on the Halifax waterfront boardwalk where friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you.

Order a copy of the Nova Scotia Doers & Dreamers Travel Guide.