Don­airs are non-end­ing


Home­sick Haligo­ni­ans can now tune into around-the-clock footage of Halifax’s of­fi­cial food: the don­air.

The Don­air Cam is a 24-hour live stream of a sea­soned log of meat spin­ning on a ro­tat­ing spit.

Ralf Pickart, owner of the web­site Nova Sco­tia We­b­cams, said he hopes the Don­air Cam will help Mar­itimers who live away re­con­nect with their home.

“Nova Sco­tians who are away out west and all over, when they come back, the first thing they want is a don­air be­cause it can’t be repli­cated any­where,’’ he said.

“Peo­ple are al­ways home­sick, miss­ing fam­ily and friends — and don­airs are a part of that.’’

Pickart said he came up with the idea while brain­storm­ing for a new live we­b­cam.

He then ap­proached res­tau­rant King of Don­air, a Halifax sta­ple syn­ony­mous with the east coast del­i­cacy.

Res­tau­rant owner Ni­cholas Na­has said he jumped at the op­por­tu­nity to prompt crav­ings for the greasy treat 24 hours a day.

King of Don­air has laid claim to cre­at­ing the orig­i­nal don­air, which fea­tures shaved spicy meat, tomato, onion and don­air sauce wrapped in a pita.

In 2015, the dish was named the of­fi­cial food of Halifax.

So­cial me­dia was abuzz af­ter Nova Sco­tia We­b­cams de­buted the Don­air Cam, with many drool­ing over the spin­ning meat log.

Twit­ter user Rachel Hard­ing tweeted: “I have two screens at my desk but usu­ally only ever use one. Not any­more. #Don­airCam.’’

On Face­book, a user named Sue Mollins-Hamil­ton wrote: “This makes me very happy ... and home­sick.’’

Pickart said he also hopes to raise aware­ness about Nova Sco­tia We­b­cams, an in­de­pen­dent web­site that of­fers more than 75 livestreams around the


“De­pend­ing on how it catches on, (Don­air Cam) can last for­ever,’’ Pickart said. “Cer­tainly, I

would say it’s there to en­ter­tain peo­ple and at some point, they will get hun­gry and hope­fully get a don­air.’’


Mike MacIn­nis-Carr slices don­air meat from the ro­tat­ing spit at the King of Don­air restau­rant in Halifax on Tues­day. Nova Sco­tia We­b­cams fea­tures more than 70 streams across the prov­ince and re­cently added the ver­ti­cal ro­tis­serie.

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