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Chef Ilona’s Foodie Tour of Charlottetown

Charlottetown is a foodie destination with a lively story. Spend a weekend savouring our historic capital and our from-the-heart hospitality!

To begin your weekend foodie getaway, make your way to the Culinary Institute of Canada, to participate in a Culinary Boot Camp. Learn the tricks of the trade with internationally renowned chefs, in state-of-the-art kitchens. Local oysters, honey, potatoes, beef, pork, beer, wine, and even moonshine are just some of the many premium Island ingredients you can expect to work with during your Culinary Boot Camp hands-on, or demo class experiences.

Holland College Culinary Bootcamps

Holland College Culinary Bootcamps

Make some room for a little snack by walking over to the Historic Charlottetown Waterfront; there you’ll find Steamers Boathouse. They offer simply prepared steamed mussels, and clams. It’s hard to beat the freshness of the shellfish, and combined with the al fresco seating overlooking the Hillsborough river makes for an authentic Maritime experience.

For your evening’s selection, check out one of Charlottetown’s newest dining hot spots, Piatto. Piatto specializes in traditional, and ultra-authentic Neopolitan pizza. The woodburning oven is maintained at a constant 900 degrees, and cooking a pizza from start to finish happens in a mindblowing 90 seconds. The décor is playful and makes some interesting decorative focal points using repurposed industrial pieces. The ambiance is relaxed, friendly, and casual, making a wonderful way to leisurely enjoy an evening.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Sunday is an optimal opportunity to experience a myriad of local eats all within the core of historic downtown Charlottetown. The open air Downtown Farmer’s Market kicks off at 11:00 am, and there are several food vendors offering an array of cultural eats for you to nosh on. You’ll also find local farmers, and artisans with their products available for purchase along with great stories and smiles all around.

Afterwards, make your way to the warmly contemporary Claddagh Oyster House on Sydney Street. The staff is well-versed on all things oyster and are happy to share their knowledge in pairing wines with our world famous oysters.

Any foodie adventure to Charlottetown would not be complete without a PEI Lobster Roll. Stroll down to Founder’s Hall, and tucked within its walls, you’ll find Dave’s Lobster. Dave’s is a come as you are, lobster shack decorated with punches of red and white, and additionally serves Prince Edward Island Brewing Company Beer on tap. A generously stuffed lobster roll, with a sudsy pint of local brew, and a relaxed patio is a spectacular way to enjoy the afternoon.

Sims Corner

Sims Corner

Round out your day, by finishing with a meal at the luxuriously appointed Sims Steakhouse and Oyster Bar. The lively, upscale casual atmosphere typifies the steakhouse experience, and to make certain you get the most variety of their offerings, allow your server to recommend the best dishes to share. The PEI Beef Steak Bread is not to be missed.

Charlottetown is picturesque, and pedestrian friendly; eat, stroll, and savour our city again, and again!

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Chef Ilona Daniel, Executive Chef Holland College Culinary Boot Camps, Freelance Food Writer, Founder, Tribe Fresh Catering & Consulting, Foodie Writer G! Magazine Twitter: @chef_ilona Instagram:@poachedheaven

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Charlottetown hosts the PEI International Shellfish Festival

In 1996 Charlottetown hosted a one-day event to celebrate Prince Edward Island’s shellfish industry. Seventeen years later that single day event has grown into the PEI International Shellfish Festival–four action-packed days that feature culinary demos, celebrity chefs, delicious dining experiences, a potato seafood chowder competition and oyster shucking competitions, and live music!

The PEI International Shellfish Festival opened on September 12th with Feast and Frolic: a four-course meal prepared by Food Network celebrity chef Michael Smith highlighting PEI shellfish, lobster, beef, potatoes and vegetables. Some of the evening’s hightlights were interactive culinary challenges, Prince Edward Island stories told by Chef Michael Smith, and the crowning of the Islands Peoples Choice oyster grower for 2013!

Chef Michael Smith Menu for Feast & Frolic. Photo by Chef Ilona Daniel

Chef Michael Smith Menu for Feast & Frolic. Photo by Chef Ilona Daniel

The menu for this year included lobster chowder with butter poached Prince Edward Island lobster, celery root broth and foraged sea vegetables; a salad prepared using living salad greens freshly harvested from guests’ tables, homemade dressing (also prepared by guests) and Red Fife bread; Cabernet peppercorn Prince Edward Island Certified braised beef shortrib, snow crab cluster, PEI potato crab cake, local vegetables and tarragon butter, accompanied by bowls of fresh steamed Prince Edward Island Blue Mussels; and late harvest berry shortcake with Chef Michael’s sugar crusted nutmeg shortcake, Cows ice cream and local mint syrup!

Chef Michael Smith's Lobster chowder at Feast & Frolic 2013. Photo by the PEI International Shellfish Festival

Chef Michael Smith’s Lobster chowder at Feast & Frolic 2013. Photo by the PEI International Shellfish Festival

Main Course at Feast & Frolic with Chef Michael Smith. Photo by Joss Hilt

Main Course at Feast & Frolic with Chef Michael Smith. Photo by Joss Hiltz

Berry Shortcake with Cows Ice Cream at Feast & Frolic. Photo by Andrea White

Late harvest berry shortcake with Chef Michael’s sugar crusted nutmeg shortcake, Cows ice cream & local mint syrup at Feast & Frolic. Photo by Andrea White

Festival goers who did not manage to snag tickets to the sold out Feast and Frolic kicked off the opening evening of the PEI Shellfish Festival with Mott’s Clamato “Best Caesar in Town” contest at Peake’s Quay.

Competing for the Best Caesar in Town. PEI International Shellfish Festival. Photo by 95.1FM CFCY

Competing for the Best Caesar in Town. PEI International Shellfish Festival. Photo by 95.1FM CFCY

The second day of the festival features a shellfish cooking demonstration and “Back to Basics” cookbook signing with Chef Michael Smith, a Mott’s Clamato demonstration and the Mott’s Clamato “Best Caesar In Town” finals and presentation, the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge competition, the first heat of the PEI Potato Seafood Chowder Championship and an Oyster Relay presented by Frank’s RedHot. Throughout the day and night guests will enjoy live music throughout the day: performers include Celtic Ladies & Men, Eastern Front featuring Joey Kitson, Bang on the Ear and the Trews.

Entertainment at the 2013 PEI International Shellfish Festival.

Entertainment at the 2013 PEI International Shellfish Festival

On Saturday and Sunday festival goers can look forward to joining Chef Michael Smith for How To Make A Cooking Show and a second “Back to Basics” cookbook signing; the Tie One On Competition and finals; the Shiny Sea Oyster Shucking Competition; the PEI Potato Seafood Chowder Championship; the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge finals; the Atlantic Superstore International Seafood Chowder Championship and awards presentation; the Raspberry Point International Oyster Shucking Championship and more. On top of all the fun-filled culinary events the festival will have some hopping live entertainment throughout the weekend. The weekend’s featured musicians are Eddie Quinn, Boys in the Kitchen, Sunday Punch, Signal Hill, and the Chaisson family will wrap the weekend up on Sunday with some wicked Island tunes!

In the highly unlikely case that all of that activity and food isn’t enough for you, restaurants all over Charlottetown are serving special Fall Flavours menus that highlight the fall harvest from both land and sea, and are all a short stroll from the Charlottetown Event Grounds. If your trip to PEI is last-minute, you can see ferry departure times from Nova Scotia here, and if you are looking for accommodations we have a great selection for you to choose from, many of which are within walking distance from the Festival Event Grounds. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags & escape to Prince Edward Island! We’ll see you at the festival!

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Explore our Farming Heritage & Win Big at Farm Day in the City with Bernardin

This year’s PEI Fall Flavours Festival culminates with a celebration of our Island’s farming and arts and crafts heritage in the heart of downtown Charlottetown. It is the last big hurrah in what will have been a month of celebrating the flavours of land and sea expertly prepared by local and visiting celebrity chefs, and savoured by islanders and visitors alike in coastal and inland locations scattered all across the exquisitely coloured fall landscape of Prince Edward Island.  By the end of September the air is carrying the first hints of winter chill, our root vegetables are sweeter, and the general hue of our culinary offerings has begun the transition from the bright greens of July and August to the rusts, ruby reds, bright oranges and yellows of our fall vegetables and fruits. The stands that our farmers set up along lower Queen Street are overflowing with orange, yellow and white pumpkins; many varieties of sweet, crisp apples from our local island orchards; fresh and dried cranberries; bunches of purple, orange and red carrots; beets; potatoes; turnips; parsnips, light green and deep purple cabbage and every shape and colour of winter squash imaginable.

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Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Adults stand in groups sipping steaming hot cups of spiced apple cider and enjoying some tender local pork tenderloin paired with apple chutney while their children line up to be transformed into farm animals, butterflies and foxes by talented face-painters.

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Local musicians share the main stage, providing a lively musical backdrop for locals and visitors as they wander up and down the street shopping, stopping to chat or to pat the resident farm animals brought in for the occasion. For those who have not managed to tour the many artists’ galleries and workshops located all over PEI this summer, Farm Day in the City is also the perfect time for those looking for birthday or Christmas gifts the chance to see the wide array of jewellery, photography, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, woodwork and weaving that our Island craftspeople have created this past season.

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Farm Day in the City, Charlottetown, PEI. Photo by Ariana Salvo

Because Prince Edward Island is blanketed in snow all winter, one of the many traditional fall activities on PEI is canning and pickling to preserve local fruit, vegetables and shellfish that can then be enjoyed through the winter and early spring. Farm Day in the City is a celebration not only of the wealth of flavours that are being harvested in the fall–it is also a community-building event that provides opportunities for those who attend to learn new skills and share knowledge, food, art and music with each other. Bernardin has been providing its customers with canning products, recipes and inspiration for 100 years.  With the mandate of providing people with the tools and expertise they need to bring nature’s bounty to their tables all year long, Bernardin’s mission fits perfectly with our goal of celebrating seasonal flavours at Farm Day in the City in Charlottetown. This September, to make sure that this year’s Farm Day in the City is the best one yet, Bernardin is kicking off the event with a free pickling and canning demonstration with Executive Chef Emerie Brine on September 28th from 12.30-1.30pm at the Culinary Institute of Canada! Participants are invited to come learn how to make the perfect pickles, enjoy samples, and leave with a jar to share with friends and family! In addition to this fun-filled event, Discover Charlottetown and Bernardin are hosting a pre-event contest! Check the details out below, and then enter your recipe for a chance to win here.

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Not a canner/pickler? Not to worry! Visit Bernardin’s website for some inspiration and share your favourite recipe from the site! Join us September 28th for some pickling fun, and come back for a full day of fun on the 29th at Farm Day in the City! See you there!

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