The Municipality of East Hants has had a number of successful events that draw communities together. However, for the most part there has never been a formal homecoming or major event that has the potential to galvanize the communities that encompass our area. Tide Fest will be an annual marquee celebration bringing residents together, inclusive to all ages, with activities that are attractive for a variety of tastes. The event will be a celebration of our local communities and showcase everything they have to offer.
In addition to having a cultural and entertainment component for residents within the Municipality and abroad, Tide Fest has the ability to harness economic, tourism, and social opportunities.
Economic: Tide Fest has the ability to create economic benefit in a variety of different ways. First is the influx of participants we expect Tide Fest to draw from inside and from outside the Municipality. It is expected that this event will garner interest from the residents of the Municipality, and draw visitors who have ties to East Hants from the rest of the Province, the Atlantic region, and from international destinations.
This allows for local businesses to benefit from an influx spending. Businesses operating in the service industry, notably tourism, restaurants, and accommodation are likely to benefit the most. However, the event itself will offer business opportunities for vendors and those businesses which will be required to ensure Tide Fest is a successful event.
Tourism: All of our communities stand to benefit from increased exposure as a result of a festival initiative. Tide Fest in itself will be a tourism draw, and we anticipate our proximity to Halifax, and Truro allows for the perfect geography to capture many potential visitors. We believe this event can serve a showcase for those who want to enjoy our local tourism destinations.
Social: The social impacts stemming from Tide Fest are significant. Having a summer festival that brings together the community has an immeasurable benefit. Even more so the majority of the Tide Fest concept will be delivered by local non-profit and volunteer organizations. Meaning all proceeds from the event will be reinvested back into the community, by organizations that contribute to the area on a year-round basis.
Canada 150: 2017 is Canada’s 150th anniversary, and Tide Fest will have events and activities which celebrate our local history, and reflect on where we have come from and what the future holds.