The Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival Promises Shellfish Fans the Biggest Party Yet!

exposio_0005(Thursday September 10th, Charlottetown PEI) The 20th anniversary celebrations for the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival kick off on Thursday September 17th – 20th at the Charlottetown Event Grounds. The four day Festival features live competitions, over $26,000 in cash prizes, celebrity chefs, Atlantic Canada’s largest Kitchen Party and of course, world famous Prince Edward Island Shellfish.

The official birthday bash will take place on Sunday September 20th. Toronto’s emerging bluegrass band, The Slocan Ramblers and CCMA award-winner George Canyon will headline the party. As well the PEI Fisherman’s Association will be attempting to break the World Record for the Longest Lobster Roll. The current World record is held by Shediac, New Brunswick for a record of 72 feet and 4 inches. Samples will be provided while suuplies last for the first 400 people. Watch Chef Lynn Crawford demonstrate her recipe for the best lobster roll filling during her main stage demonstration. Also as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations on Sunday, the top two chefs will compete in the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge for $10,000 and attendees can sample the best seafood chowders by International chefs.

Warm up for the 20th birthday bash with Canada’s largest Terry Fox Run! The PEI Shellfish Festival encourages all attendees to head to the Confederation Bridge to take part in the 35th Anniversary Terry Fox Run between 7:00am – Noon on Sunday, September 20. Join us for the 20th birthday bash at the Charlottetown Event Grounds after the run. Pre-registration is required for runners and walkers at

Food Network Canada’s Chef Lynn Crawford and Island comedian Patrick Ledwell have a fun filled night of laughter planned at Feast and Frolic presented but the PEI Fishermen’s Association. Roll up your sleeves and dig in to Prince Edward Island’s largest “all-you-can-eat” oyster bar, where you can sample as many oysters as you like from Island oyster growers. The Culinary Institute of Canada will be serving a four course meal including International award-winning seafood chowder, a traditional shellfish feast served family-style loaded with bounties of PEI mussels, clams, snow crab, potatoes and all the fixins, plus sweet Island-inspired desserts. Meet PEI’s very own Fiddling Fisherman, Captain J.J. Chaisson of the Chaisson A Dream, and earn your stripes as first mate as you learn how to crack PEI lobsters and play the spoons! An authentic Island experience from beginning to end. Tickets are $153.00.

New this year, Garland Canada International Chef Challenge Access Pass. Get up close to all the action in this intense culinary challenge all weekend long for $10,000. Your Access Pass includes guaranteed seating at the Kitchen Stadium to watch the competition and all day entry to the Festival tent. Daily Access Passes are on sale for $28.00 to select heats of the competition or weekend Access Pass to take in all 4 heats of the competition are available for $59.00.

Festival weekend passes are sold out! The 20th anniversary is expecting a sell out crowd so be sure to get your claws on tickets in advance. Festival day passes are available for an advance price of $13.25 until Thursday September 17th at midnight. On site prices will increase to $16.50. Feast and Frolic tickets are very limited and this dinner has sold out the past four consecutive years. Tickets are $153.00 or use your AIR MILES Reward Miles to redeem your Feast and Frolic passes. Feast and Frolic tickets can be redeems for 1600 AIR MILES Reward Miles. Tickets are available online at, by calling 1 866 955 2003 or in person at the Eastlink Centre Box Office.

Quick Facts:

  • The PEI International Shellfish Festival is a joint effort of the PEI Aquaculture Alliance and the PEI Shellfish Association

  • By invite only, the twelve International chefs competing in the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge are:

  1. Matthew Nolot – Fort Wayner, IN (2014 winner)

  2. Mike Clarke – Charlottetown, PEI (PEI Savour Food and Wine Local Food Award Winner)

  3. Hayden Johnson – Toronto, ON

  4. Kendall Collingridge – Toronto ON

  5. Anti Lepik – Tallinn, Estonia

  6. Ted Corrado – Toronto, ON

  7. Keith Pears – Burnaby, BC

  8. Toby Chen – Wuhan City, China

  9. Gordon Bailey – Winnipeg, Manitoba

  10. Kenneth Watt – Greenville, Rhode Island

  11. Andrew McLeod – St. Catherines, ON

  12. Ariel Coplan – Toronto ON

  • The total economic impact of the 2014 Festival was $1,307,000

  • Over 7,000 patrons attend the Shellfish Festival annually

  • The Festival is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Prince Edward Island Departments of Economic Development and Tourism, and Agriculture and Fisheries, the City of Charlottetown and the City of Charlottetown Special Events Reserve Fund.

  • The PEI International Shellfish Festival is a Fall Flavours Signature Event. Fall Flavours is a month-long culinary event taking place during the month of September highlighting authentic Prince Edward Island tastes & traditions.


There have been many people involved over the past 20 years to help grow this Festival to what it has become today. It all began to celebrate Prince Edward Island’s prestigious shellfish and now attracts thousands of people, chefs and shuckers from all over the world ” says Liam Dolan, Festival Chair.

The PEI International Shellfish Festival is one of the province’s premiere annual events, a big draw for off-Island visitors, and an important part of what makes us Canada’s Food Island,” said Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Heath MacDonald. “The Festival’s longevity is a testament to the hard work of the board, and the many volunteers who make it possible. I’d like to congratulate the Festival on an amazing twenty years. Here’s to another two decades of delicious food, great music, and world famous Island hospitality.”

The PEI International Shellfish Festival is a signature event in Charlottetown and a great tradition for many Island families and visitors,” said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. “For the past two decades, this event has showcased the talents of world renowned chefs, the Island’s award-winning seafood and our beautiful Capital City. Congratulations to the festival organizing committee, the PEI Shellfish Association, the PEI Aquaculture Alliance and Versatile Management Group on 20 successful years.”

The PEI Fishermen’s Association is pleased to once again be a sponsor of the PEI Shellfish Festival. The festival is a great way to showcase the world class lobster, mussels and oysters that PEI has to offer. As a special event the “birthday cake” for the 20th anniversary will be our attempt for the Longest Lobster Roll World Record. We encourage all to come out and be part of the festivities!” says Ian MacPherson, Manager PEI Fishermen’s Association.

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