Where does the Festival take place?
The Shellfish party happens at the Charlottetown Event Grounds located in downtown Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. You can find parking at 360 Grafton street right across from the main entrance. The party doesn’t end here… take one of our shuttles to our participating restaurants to finish off your night. Don’t worry our shuttles will return you to our participating hotels for your safety. Check out our hotel packages here.
What time does the party start?
Thursday September 13, 2018 – Feast & Frolic Dinner 6pm-10pm.
Doors open at 5:30pm.
Friday September 14, 2018 – Doors open 12:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday September 15, 2018 – Doors open 12:00pm – 12:00am
Sunday September 16, 2018 – Doors open 12:00pm – 5:00pm
*Hours are subject to change.
Once I am inside, am I able to leave the tent?
Yes, you may leave and return, but you must obtain a wristband and it must be placed securely on your wrist for re-entry. Upon re-entry you will need to have a valid wristband for that particular day. Please note: Priority Access prior to 7pm – We can guarantee priority entry with any valid ticket prior to 7pm with no wait & no lineups. We always put a limited number of tickets on sale at the door, even for sold out evenings. These go on sale after 7PM based on capacities. If the night is in particularly high demand, you may want to come before 7PM to avoid line-ups.
I’ve never attended the PEI International Shellfish Festival – What should I expect?
Be prepared for live Shellfish competitions, cooking demonstrations, and even a celebrity chef sighting or two. At night dance the night away at the biggest East Coast kitchen party, with some of Atlantic Canada’s best known entertainment. When you’re starting to crave Shellfish after taking in all the live competitions check out our Shellfish Pavilion for some fresh local Shellfish prepared on site. Our audiences are a oyster slurping, beer drinking, music loving kind of crowd whose love for awesome Shellfish and amazing artists bring an unforgettable energy to the tent everyday. Trust us – if you love fresh Shellfish and dancing the night away you don’t want to miss this!
How can I meet this year’s Celebrity Chef (and get an Instagram worthy photo)?
The PEI International Shellfish Festival is the best way to get up close and personal with your favourite celebrity chef. There will be cookbook signings and meet and greets daily in the tent, where you can get the perfect new profile picture. Please refer to full schedule of events for the schedules times and please note times are subject to change. There will be a live culinary demonstration daily on the main stage by the celebrity chef. The celebrity chef will also be hosting the Feast and Frolic dinner on Thursday, September 13th with many chances to interact and get up close and personal with the chef!
Where can I see a full Festival schedule?
You can view the schedule of events here. Please note times are subject to change.
What kind of competitions can I expect?
The Festival showcases 6 live culinary competitions throughout the whole weekend with over $26,000 in cash prizes given out over the 3 days!
Garland Canada International Chef Challenge
A fierce competition for $10,000, top chefs from across the world compete head to head in a black box competition.
Motts Clamato Best Caesar in Town
Competitors show off their Caesar making skills amongst some of the best bartenders in own and take home the bragging rights of having the best Caesar in town, along with a cool $1,000 cash prize!
PEI Potato Chowder Championship
PEI Potato Chowder Championship is presented by the PEI Potato Board and will promise a good time for all competitors, as well as promote the many ways to enjoy potatoes, oysters, mussels and other Island shellfish.
Raspberry Point International Oyster Shucking Championship
The best shuckers in the world come to compete on the festival Main Stage to showcase their talents and PEI’s oysters on the half shell. This competition is sponsored by Raspberry Point.
Shiny Sea Oyster Shucking Championship
Cheer on the competitors as they vie for the chance to hold the PEI oyster shucking title championship.
Tie One On Mussel Competition
Competitors challenge themselves against the best in the industry in the art of tying buoys and socks! Watch them race against the clock in this head to head challenge.
What should I wear to this Festival?
Come prepared! PEI can bring unpredictable weather and remember, you are in a tent! Being located on the water can make things a bit chilly. We hope for amazing weather this September but dress accordingly. Feel free to break out those rubber boots, that rain coat (fingers crossed it won’t be necessary), and a warm sweater for those chilly Fall nights.
I need Shellfish and beer! What do you take for payment?
Shellfish Bucks are available for purchase inside the tent at designated token booths or you can purchase them at the main entrance when you arrive.
I am hungry! What is there to eat?
Our full menu for 2018 will be coming soon. Just a reminder that all food and drinks need to be purchased with Shellfish Bucks, available for purchase onsite.
I had an amazing night but lost my phone/wallet/dancing shoes/dignity. What do I do?
Sounds like you had a great night! Try our lost and found located at the box office onsite. If the Festival is over and you still haven’t found them email email@example.com and we will see if we can track them down during clean up.
Is the tent wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the tent is fully wheelchair accessible. Services include an accessible parking lot for those with government issued parking passes and accessible washrooms.
What is Fall Flavours?
The PEI International Shellfish Festival is a Fall Flavours Signature Event. Fall Flavours is a month long culinary celebration highlighting authentic Island tastes and traditions and takes place during September in communities across Prince Edward Island. For more information please visit www.fallflavours.ca.
How much money do I have to ‘shell-out’ for a ticket?
Check out our affordable ticket prices here!
Are children able to attend?
Little skippers, children 6 and under are free! Our venue becomes 19+ after 8pm.
When and where do tickets go on sale?
- Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 15 and will be available online at: Eastlink Centre Box Office
- Or by phone 902-629-6625 or at the Eastlink Centre Box Office
Regular Box Office Hours:
Monday to Friday: 11:00am-5:00pm (Fall/Winter hours)
The Box Office opens on Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm on the day of a scheduled event
I forgot to get my tickets. Can I purchase them onsite?
Yes! You can purchase tickets onsite at our box office located at the Charlottetown Event Grounds. The box office will accept cash, visa, master card, and debit. Please note tickets onsite may be limited due to capacity, to be sure to not miss the party buy your ticket in advance. *Please check the shellfish festival website, facebook or twitter for up to date information on availability of tickets at the door.
What if the event sells out?
Where do I pick up your tickets?
When purchasing tickets you will have the option to “Print Ticket” or “Pick Up Your Ticket”. Tickets can be picked up at the Eastlink Centre Box Office at 46 Kensington Road. All tickets purchased by phone must be picked up at the Eastlink Centre Box Office.
What is included in my general admission ticket?
General admission tickets include access to the Festival tent for all of the fun including celebrity chef demos, competitions, and nightly entertainment.
Can I exchange my ticket(s) if I do not use them?
No refunds or exchanges including, but not limited to, failure of performer(s) to appear, changes in performer(s), or cancellation due to inclement weather.
Can I get a refund on my ticket?
Tickets are final sale. No refunds will be awarded.
Where do I park/ Is there a shuttle?
Parking is $5.00. The parking lot is located across from the event site and be accessed off Grafton Street. Complimentary shuttle runs daily from the Shellfish Festival official hotels and downtown Charlottetown. View the shuttle schedule here.
I’m coming from out of town. Where can I stay?
Can I Bring
Can I bring my pets to the Festival?
No, pets are not permitted on Festival grounds, unless for service dog purposes.
Can I bring food or drinks into the Festival grounds?
No. No outside food or beverages of any kind is allowed. Once inside the Festival, you can purchase food and drink with your Shellfish Bucks. We have stocked bars with a selection of wine, beer liquor, and of course Mott’s Clamato Caesars. Hungry for Shellfish, we’ve got lots check out our menu here.
Can I bring a camera to the Festival?
Yes, snap a photo of the celebrity chefs, daily autograph sessions are available with the celebrity chefs. Check the schedule for dates and times. We’re not going to take your phone away. Why don’t you live tweet/ post on Facebook your photo to your favourite celebrity chef? Make sure to tag us with the hashtag #peishellfishfest and #shuckinggoodtime.
Can I bring seating (such as lawn chairs)?
Seats are not allowed in the tent- But don’t worry we have tables and chairs for you to take in all of the action! (Please note seating is limited, arrive early to grab a seat.)
I am interested in volunteering for the Festival. How do I get involved?
We are always looking for new and enthusiastic volunteers! All volunteers will receive a branded t-shirt, daily admission ticket and complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during shift. Got a question about volunteer opportunities? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a musician. How do I apply to play at the Festival?
We accept artist submissions from performers only between October-April for the following years line up. Email email@example.com with your request.
I am a media representative who wants to cover the Festival. How do I get a pass?
We can point you in the right direction. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss media details and to be added to our media list.