Sunday Special – Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival

Happy Thanksgiving weekend from Canada. Tomorrow, Monday, is our official day for this holiday yet it is safe to say Canadians far and wide are using whole weekend to give thanks. Along with this holiday comes plenty of food. So today we will look at an annual food festival in Canada’s smallest province of Prince Edward Island (PEI).

Aerial view of Charlottetown, PEI – Photo credit: Martin Cathrae from Charlottetown, PE, Canada, Charlottetown-Stratford (aerial) 02CC BY-SA 2.0

Canada’s Atlantic provinces are synonymous with fish and seafood. And tiny PEI is no exception. It may be Canada’s smallest province but it is high on my choice Canadian destinations to visit in the future. And for shellfish lovers, they may want to add it to their own list. Combining this fiesta with various other island activities would surely create a wonderful maritime island memory.

The PEI International Shellfish Festival has been celebrating culinary delights of the sea since 1996. With it being a major industry in the province it seems only natural to have some revelry in its honour. What began as a humble one-day event has grown into Canada’s largest crustacean fête, encompassing four food-and-fun-filled days. The yearly fall celebration occurs in PEI’s capital city of Charlottetown. The days are filled with cooking demonstrations, dining opportunities, fierce oyster shucking contests, and celebrity chef showdowns. The tough part will be deciding which events to attend! After the sun sets the music begins as concerts commence. Don’t miss out on getting your groove on at the event’s epic kitchen party. Sounds like this is one festival for the (cook)books!

PEI Oysters – Photo credit: Tim Sackton from Somerville, MA, PEI Oysters (6709491539)CC BY-SA 2.0

The 2020 Shellfish Festival has been postponed to 2021. Due to COVID-19 the province is currently closed to those from outside the Atlantic provinces.

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