Categories: Culinary, Festivals/Events, Free, Kid-Friendly, Outdoor Activities, See & Do

Don’t Miss These Top Attractions at Farm Day in the City 2018

It’s almost time for the Island’s BIGGEST outdoor market and street festival of the year, and we’re more than a little excited!!! Farm Day in the City 2018 Presented by the PEI Potato Growers takes place on September 30th (11am -5pm) in downtown Charlottetown and it’s going to be legendary.  

A product of Discover Charlottetown, Farm Day in the City has become a much anticipated annual tradition, beloved by locals and visitors. And what’s not to love about Farm Day, after all it’s filled with food, family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and furry farm animals. Here’s our scoop on what you simply can’t miss at this year’s Farm Day in the City:

Over 165 Vendors & Exhibitors

This year’s Farm Day in the City is set to be the biggest yet! Over 165 LOCAL vendors and exhibitors will be lining both sides of Queen Street (from Grafton to Water St.), Victoria Row and the Confederation Centre’s Upper Plaza. From vegetable and meat farmers to hot food purveyors, artisans, restaurateurs, crafters and food producers, you’re sure to discover plenty of tasty and gorgeous items to take home (or devour while you’re on-site!).

Photo Credit: Evan Ceretti

We encourage you to take your time exploring the entire market, then make a second round trip to ensure you didn’t miss any of the fantastic vendors and exhibitors at Farm Day!

Protip:  Looking for a specific vendor? Find a Farm Day volunteer (they’ll be sporting bright orange t-shirts) and ask for directions

The PEI Potato Growers’ Fry Truck & Kids’ Zone

The presenting sponsors of Farm Day in the City, the PEI Potato Growers, will be on-site with a tonne of tater fun.  Fill up at the Fry Truck or enjoy a baked potato, check out the Kids’ Zone for spud-centric activities, and make sure you snap a PEI Potato pic!

Protip: Get your fries early, they’ve been known to run out near the end of the day!

The 2nd Annual Pie-Eating Contest

Introduced in 2017 to great fanfare, Farm Day’s Pie-Eating Contest is back for another round of pie-eating shenanigans in support of local charities.This year’s line-up of brave and formidable competitors is as follows: Sarah Bennetto O’Brien, Blake Caissie, Phil Homburg, Johnny Novak, Greg Rivard and the 2017 Pie-Eating Champion, Alanna Jankov.

The Executive Director of the Guild, Alanna demonstrated exceptional artistry and technique during last year’s competition, but does she have what it takes to hang on to her crown against this new crop of hungry pie eaters?  Make your way to the Queen St. stage at 2pm to find out! Contestants will have 3 minutes to eat their way through a baked pie topped with loads of whipped cream. The one with the emptiest pie plate will take home the crown (or, you know, certificate), a fresh pie and all the glory!

Protip: Bring some cash and vote for the contestant you think will win the contest - all proceeds raised will go to PEI 4-H, Farmers Helping Farmers and Family Violence Prevention Services.

The Petting Zoo & Mini Horses

A perennial favourite amongst kids and adults alike, the Farm Day petting zoo will be located in front of The Guild on Queen St. Stop by and say ‘hello’ to all the furry farm animals as you make your way down (or up) the street. Further down Queen St., you’ll find more mini horses waiting to greet you and make your day even brighter!

The Sydney Street Beer Garden

Back by popular demand, the Sydney Street Beer Garden will feature delicious local beers from 3 of PEI’s best craft breweries: PEI Brewing Co., Upstreet Craft Brewing, and Copper Bottom Brewery. If you’re feeling hungry, order up some hot food to go with your brew at the beer garden. Three local restaurants will be offering eats carefully designed to complement the beers on tap and vice versa, including steak chili, smoked brisket sandwich, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Protip: This year you can enter the beer garden with your children (minors must be accompanied by an adult),

Farm Fresh Food + Hot Food

At its heart, Farm Day is a celebration of PEI’s unparalleled food scene, which has deep roots in farming and fishing and continues to evolve today thanks to a rich roster of farmers, passionate chefs, skilled artisan producers and other local food folk.  

Take time during PEI’s largest outdoor market to say hello to the local food vendors you encounter during your visit, marvel at their produce/products and thank them for their dedication to growing exceptional food for us to enjoy.  You’ll also find that many of the restaurateurs and hot food vendors at Farm Day are dedicated to sourcing their ingredients locally. This collaborative, supportive community of ood folk has helped cement PEI’s reputation as Canada’s Food Island.

Show your love for our local farmers, producers and chefs by bringing your grocery list and appetite with you to Farm Day and spending your food dollars locally.

Protip: Bring an insulated grocery bag along if you plan to pick up perishables!  

Kids’ Activities Galore

Farm Day in the City is always a family-friendly affair, thanks in large part to the variety of FREE kids’ activities that are offered at the event. You’ll find face painters and balloon twisters, as well as a kids’ arts and crafts area. There’s also the Kids’ Zone in the PEI Potato Growers section of the market, the petting zoo and mini horses to be enjoyed.

Protip: If the kids need a break from exploring the market, pop into the Confederation Centre Library for a bit of quiet time.

Three Stages with Talented, Local Musicians

It’s not a real celebration until there’s live music involved!  At Farm Day in the City, there will be not one, not two, but THREE stages featuring local musicians all day long. Take a break from walking the market to enjoy PEI’s immense pool of musical talent. Check out the schedules for each stage and make your music break plans! Check out the schedules for each one below.

Victoria Row Stage

Karson McKeown 11:00 - 12:00
Cathy Jackman 12:15 - 1:15
Nick Doneff 1:30 - 2:30
Ivan Daigle 2:45 - 3:45    
Cory Gallant 4:00 - 5:00

Queen St Stage

Lawrence Maxwell 11:00 -11:45
Nolan Compton 12:00 -12:45
Brad Milligan 1:00 -1:45
Pie eating contest 2:00 - 2:20
Rick Sparkes 2:30 - 3:30
Anya Smith 3:45 - 4:45

Sydney St Beer Garden

Bridgette Blanchard 11:00 - 11:45
Justyn Young 12:00 -12:45
Dave Woodside 1:00 - 1:45
Lawrence Maxwell Duo 2:00 - 2:45        
Jordan Cameron 3:00 - 3:45
Little Cities 4:00 - 4:45

These are just a few of the many highlights you’ll discover at Farm Day in the City 2018 Presented by the PEI Potato Growers. Have fun, buy local, and eat well!