On Canada’s Food Island your taste buds can take a culinary journey that tastes like coming home.
Prince Edward Island is a world-renowned vacation destination. There are miles of champagne-hued beaches with red cliffs and green fields, rich culture and history, small town charm and big city entertainment. You can find everything you’re looking for, especially when it comes to culinary.
A foodie’s paradise—Prince Edward Island may be Canada’s smallest province but it’s definitely largest in flavour. Rich in delicacies from land and sea, you will find an abundance of fresh vegetables, such as the world-famous PEI potatoes, local beef, mussels, oysters and lobster. Not only will you be able to savour fresh ingredients, but you’ll also find mouth-watering artisanal food products like cheese, baked goods, coffee, craft beer, cider and wine. The chefs find great inspiration from the Island. Once you visit, you completely understand. It’s known as Canada’s Food Island for a reason!
Islanders really know how to celebrate food. In fact, Fall Flavours is a month-long culinary celebration that happens annually across Prince Edward Island. The 2018 festival will be the biggest year yet with over 60 events across the Island. There are 14 signature events hosted by celebrity chefs such as Lynn Crawford, Danny Smiles, Corbin Tomaszeski, Mark McEwan, Chuck Hughes and PEI’s own Michael Smith. The events are held in unique venues and outdoor spaces across Prince Edward Island. On the schedule you’ll find events such as Harbour Feast with Chef Chuck Hughes which is a casual yet upscale patio party in Charlottetown. During the Feast you’ll get to sample local ingredients at live action tasting stations and then a sit-down dinner with some great entertainment. Some other fantastic events are An Exclusive Evening at Top of the Park with Chef Antonio Park, Oysters on the Pier, Savour Victoria and Surf N Turf Eastern PEI Style. Also part of Fall Flavours Festival in September is the PEI International Shellfish Festival from the 13th-16th. Live cooking demonstrations, culinary competitions and entertainment- this is an event people wait the whole year for. Visitors from all over the world come to enjoy this festival.
Eating won’t be the only thing you do on vacation. Get moving outside! You will fall in love with the Island in the autumn, especially with the changing of the leaves. The scenic red heritage roads are perfect for long walks or slow drives. The Confederation Trail is a 269 mile-long trail built on abandoned railway lines that runs tip-to-tip across the Island. It makes for a very unique way to see the Island. It’s easily accessible with amenities and accommodations close by. You can walk along the shores, have a refreshing swim, and enjoy golf, kayaking and everything the Island has to offer.
One of the many things that make Prince Edward Island so special is the people. Islanders will welcome you with open arms ready to tell you their stories, traditions, and tips about the Island way of life. You can take part in one of the over 75 Authentic PEI Experiences. Experience Island culture and take home some traditions and skills you didn’t have before. Learn to tong and shuck oysters, own a standard-bred racehorse for an evening, dig for clams and partake in an authentic beach clambake. Roll up your sleeves and get ready for a great time.
If an Islander invites you to a ceilidh, say yes. You won’t be able to stop your toes from tapping. If you don’t love a fiddle tune, don’t worry, there are shows of all kinds from theater to rock music and everything in between. Music is a huge part of the local scene on Prince Edward Island and you will want to experience it up close and personal.
Whether you’re from the Island, have always dreamed of visiting, or consider yourself an honorary Islander, there is adventure waiting here for you. One amazing Island. Endless possibilities.