It’s not enough just to eat on PEI, you need to get up close and personal to its ingredients to appreciate it fully. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities. Cows Creamery is nearing legendary status for its cheese and ice cream both locally and across Canada. It grew from one shop stop into a company with 10 retail outlets nationally. The secrets behind its success are revealed during a factory tour. Expect plenty of sampling and cow jokes in the process. Do save room in your suitcase for its award-winning extra old clothbound cheddar. You’ll have to consume its famous Wowie Cowie ice cream on site.
That beautiful red earth you see on the Island is responsible for producing some of the best potatoes on the planet. The Canadian Potato Museum in O’Leary pays homage to spuds. Take a tour and soak in as much potato trivia as you can, then take a selfie in front of the giant potato at the entrance of the museum to dazzle all your Facebook friends. Sign up for the Spuds, Fudge & Tales Farm Tour through the museum, if you want to dig deeper into potato culture. You’ll help out on the farm, learn how to pick a potato like a real farmer and enjoy a potato-centric lunch, include coveted potato fudge. Take the recipe home with you to show off your new-found potato acumen.
Prefer to be on the sea? Spend an afternoon on a lobster fishing boat and pick up fascinating factoids, like how to tell the difference between a boy lobster and a girl lobster and how to put a lobster to sleep. Once you see how much work is involved in trapping lobster, you’ll have a whole new respect for fishermen.
Get an insider’s take on the local food scene with PEI Culinary Adventures. Chef Ross Munro created seven different experiences that are sure to be the highlight of your trip. Go fishing for Bluefin tuna, cod or mackerel, forage on land and by the sea, or spend a day gathering clams, oysters and lobsters for your evening supper. These are unforgettable outings for those who love to touch, taste and do.
Before you leave home, download the culinary trail, a comprehensive surf and turf guide to everything tasty the Island offers from peiflavours.ca.Culinary Events
Save the date. Prince Edward Island’s popular Fall Flavours Culinary Festival puts all things yummy on the menu, from September 5 to 28. Local hosts province-wide share their passion for the good things that come from the Island. The range of hands-on experiences is phenomenal. Roll up your sleeves and get dirty (in a good way) while you learn how to make artisanal confections at Island Chocolates in Victoria-by-the-Sea. Head to the oyster beds and have a taste straight from the sea. Go to a lobster party on the beach and sample the creations of a top chef like Michael Smith, Lynn Crawford, Anna Olson, Massimo Capra or Chuck Hughes, at a signature event. Book tickets ahead of time to avoid disappointment!
What’s better than a food-themed festival? More festivals! Within Fall Flavours, the International Shellfish Festival (September 18-21) pays homage to some of the island’s best seafood. Taste award-winning chowder and the country’s best Caesar cocktails, spend a fun-filled evening at a dinner hosted by superstar chef/PEI culinary cheerleader Michael Smith, and watch the best oyster shuckers in the world show their stuff in a fast and furious competition. It’s a deliciously good time that underscores just how strong the food scene has become. These are the events that both locals and visitors in the know wait for all year long. Not to be missed!
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