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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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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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Celebrate Old Home Week in Charlottetown & Win a Family Trip to Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown’s first Old Home Week was held in 1888 and lasted just two days. This year’s Old Home Week (August 8-17) is a full ten days dedicated to celebrating Prince Edward Island’s deep agricultural roots. Featuring livestock shows and competitions, educational agricultural exhibits, live music performances, the Gold and Saucer Parade, harness racing, local food and handicraft vendors, and the Midway amusement park, the 2013 Old Home Week has fully earned its bragging rights to the ‘so much to see and do’ tagline.

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Prince Edward Island’s strong agricultural sector is reflected in the focus placed on featuring local product in many of our city’s restaurants, the vibrant community culture and support that has grown around our farmer’s markets, the presence of the highly regarded Culinary Institute of Canada, and the number of celebrity-chef studded events that PEI hosts. It is not every day that our city celebrates the people who grow our crops and raise our livestock, and the farming expertise that they have developed gradually over generations of living on and working the land. Old Home Week is a chance for all of us—farmers and those of us who enjoy the tremendous fruit of their labour—to celebrate the bounty of Prince Edward Island’s agriculture sector.

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If you have never attended Old Home Week, the family-oriented celebration has four main highlights: harness racing and the Gold Cup and Saucer Parade, livestock shows and competitions, live entertainment and Campbell’s Midway amusement park with its landmark Ferris Wheel—a family favourite. Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park hosts daily horse races, all of them building up to the grand finale: the Gold Cup and Saucer Race, which features some of the fastest horses and best drivers in Eastern Canada. The Gold Cup and Saucer Parade the day before the final race is a fun community event with a colourful array of floats, marching bands, vintage cars and children’s performers. If you are an animal lover you will never tire of the many farm animal exhibits and competitions, and if your kids need to release some energy head over to Sounds of the Island to enjoy lively music and dancing.

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Old Home Week is one of those festivals that allows us to step back in time and celebrate what we love about the “good old days”: family, community and connection to place. It’s also one heck of a good time! To learn more about Old Home Week and get tickets, visit www.oldhomeweekpei.com. If you need to find accommodations in Charlottetown, visit us at www.discovercharlottetown.com.

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To help you get in the spirit of Old Home Week, we are doing a fun family giveaway! One lucky family will win:        

2 nights at Rodd Royalty 

Family Pass for Old Home Week (10 day admission)

$50 Gift Certificate to the Confederation Court Mall

Confederation Bridge Pass

4 Cows Ice Cream Cones

Family Pass to Cows Creamery Tour

Family tickets to see Anne & Gilbert the Musical

To enter your family to win this fun-filled prize share this blog post on your Facebook page, Tweet it, share it on Google+ or pin it to one of your Pinterest boards AND leave a comment* below telling us why your family would like to be at this year’s Old Home Week. Contest closes August 1. Family getaway prize package is based on 4 people. Good luck! See you at Old Home Week!

*Comments may take up to 24 hours to post, so if you don’t see your comment below immediately don’t worry.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNIFER BURNS ON WINNING A FAMILY TRIP TO PEI FOR OLD HOME WEEK. Look out for an email in your inbox Jennifer! And many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter this giveaway! We really enjoyed receiving and reading your stories!

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