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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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Postcards from Charlottetown

A postcard is a distillation of experience in a single shot: Storefronts saturated in warm, late afternoon sunlight; a maple tree aflame with a collage of crimson leaves against a baby blue sky; steam rising out of the delicate contours of a hand-painted teacup sitting atop a hand-smoothed wooden table top, a journal opened to a half written entry, pen lying in wait in the crease between pages; church steeples piercing an endless rush of inky storm clouds. The key to choosing the perfect postcard is finding one that captures the tactile experience of place in the spot where the shot was snapped, so that a friend or family member back home is given the gift of momentarily discovering a sense of place in a destination that they may not have visited yet. Below are six postcards that capture some of the things we love about Charlottetown in the fall:

Porktoberfest 

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PEI Porktoberfest at Terre Rouge Bistro Marche

October on Prince Edward Island needs an extra day. For 31 days solid, restaurants all across the Island are serving pulled pork sandwiches – 32 of them to be exact. The pork is all local, and perusing the list of the sandwich ingredients is guaranteed to make you drool. The month-long festival—aptly named Porktoberfest—is a terrific way to celebrate the local hog industry and the perfect excuse (if you needed one!) to enjoy a cold pint of Island-brewed blueberry or pumpkin ale!  If you prefer a home-cooked meal, a number of local markets like Riverview Country Market have an extra supply of PEI pork this month so that you can put your creative juices to the test and create your very own Porktoberfest sandwich at home! This is the second annual Porktoberfest Festival, and there are 24 options in Charlottetown alone, so you need not even venture out of town! For a full list of restaurants taking part visit www.peiporktoberfest.ca.

Fall Foliage

Leaves

© Discover Charlottetown, PEI

Charlottetown’s parks and streets in October transform themselves into a natural festival of colour: sunlight streams through canopies of brilliant crimson, pumpkin orange, canary yellow leaves, turning them into a breathtaking, constantly evolving collage against the wide open sky. Elms, lindens, maples and oaks blush brilliant hues and then slowly drop their fall blossoms like confetti, turning sidewalks, lawns and walkways into thick carpets of colour. Not to be outdone by the trees, residents decorate porches with pumpkins and scarecrows, and hang wreaths of dried flowers and crab apples on their front doors.  If you are on PEI for the last weekend of October, Charlottetown also boasts the best small town Trick-or-Treating in Atlantic Canada. Don’t take our word for it—come see for yourself!

Eclectic Shopping

Green Eye Designs, Charlottetown

Green Eye Designs, Charlottetown, PEI

If you know where to look, Charlottetown is an excellent place to find those one-of-a-kind, “where on earth did you find that?” purchases. From vintage clothes and antiques, to hand-made lace scarves, jewelry, pottery, home decor, music and soaps; olive oil and cheese to chocolates, the number and diversity of shops is surprising for a town the size of Charlottetown. Refreshingly, many of the most unique shops are located within easy walking distance of each other in the heart of the downtown core, which gives shopping in Charlottetown a distinctly European flavour.

Charlottetown Farmers' Market, PEI

Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, PEI. © Discover Charlottetown

Fall is also the perfect time to spend a morning at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. Open Saturdays from 9-2pm you can mill around outside, enjoy a cup of hot apple cider and browse hand made clothes, home-baked cookies and fresh produce while listening to live music, or take the plunge and immerse yourself in the surge of shoppers inside. The market serves Island-roasted coffee, a flavourful array of teas and tea lattes; freshly baked bread; pastries and handcrafted chocolates; vegetables; Island wine and beer; fresh and cured meats, cheese, fish, and ethnic food from Africa, Mexico, the Middle East and China. Once your belly is full be sure to check out the jewelry, soap made using island seaweed, hand-dipped candles, pottery, hand-woven sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens and slippers, fresh flowers and door wreaths.

Vibrant Art/Music Scene

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Live music at the Guild in Charlottetown, Saturday, November 16th, 2013

With all the colour outside, it is hard to want to go indoors. Save it for a rainy day, but don’t miss the Confederation Centre of the Arts Art Gallery, a beautiful exhibition space whose curator, a graduate of Yale’s art history program, brings a wonderful diversity of nationally acclaimed art together with lectures and literary events. This fall the gallery has three ongoing exhibits: Quotation: an exhibition focused on works of art that quote masterpieces from art history; Hilda Woolnough: A Retrospective, which includes drawings, prints, paintings and quilts created by one of PEI’s most influential artists of the past fifty years; Ni’n na L’nu: The Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island, which uses Wigwam-inspired structures to tell stories and interpret Mi’kmaq history; and Tactile Desires: The Work of Jack Sures, an exhibit of pots, sculptural forms and large-scale murals that explore the artist’s own roots, recent history and traditions of ceramics and pottery. A full list of upcoming workshops, lectures and readings can be found here. The Guild, across the street from the Confederation Centre of the Arts, also runs an interesting mix of art shows, dramatic performances and concerts.

There is so much happening in the Charlottetown music scene that it is hard to choose what live music performance to head out to every evening. From the lively, foot-stomping traditional Acadian fiddle tunes to jazz, blues or rock, Charlottetown’s nightlife is alive and thriving. A few upcoming performances you won’t want to miss at the Guild, The Mack and The Confederation Centre of the Arts are Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café; Billy McGuigan’s Rock Legends; John McDermott; The PEI Symphony and Lennie Gallant; Dennis Ellsworth & The Dwellers and Jessica Rhaye; Rose Cousins, and the Cecilia String Quartet. For a full, updated list on everything happening around town, visit The Buzz or our website.

A Place to Rest Your Head

Fairholm Inn, Charlottetown

Fairholm Inn, Charlottetown. © Discover Charlottetown

Charlottetown’s hotels, motels, B & Bs and Inns are charming, cozy, centrally located, and often downright luxurious. Whether you’re a budget traveler looking for accommodations that provide just the basic necessities, a business traveler searching for meeting facilities, or a couple looking for a private romantic retreat, you are guaranteed to find accommodations that will fit the bill. Many of our downtown hotels, B & Bs and Inns are located in historic buildings that combine old world class with modern conveniences. Large windows that look out onto tree-lined streets, the occasional clatter of a passing horse-pulled carriage, colourful, beds covered with hand-made quilts, claw foot bathtubs and crackling fireplaces for warming up next to with a hot cup of tea or coffee after a stroll along the coastal boardwalk provide the old-fashioned comforts of a slower way of life in the heart of Charlottetown. To see a full list of our accommodations and book an island escape visit our website.

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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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