For Immediate Release
May 25, 2018 – Charlottetown, PE
The Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival, Canada’s largest festival in honour of shellfish will celebrate 23 years as the ever-popular event returns to downtown Charlottetown from September 13-16, 2018. The Festival showcases the Island’s renowned shellfish of mussels, oysters, and lobster and chefs and shuckers are provided a unique opportunity to display their impressive culinary skills and engage with audiences.
The jam-packed schedule of events includes intense culinary competitions, live cooking demos, plenty of shellfish feasting, and roof-raising kitchen parties with some of Canada’s favourite party bands. Celebrity chefs Lynn Crawford and Michael Smith of Food Network Canada will host the weekend’s festivities.
The always sold-out evening of the Feast & Frolic Signature Event hosted by Chef Lynn, and the Garland Canada Chef Challenge are event highlights for sure; this year Chef Michael Smith will host an all new Junior Chef Challenge.
Of course, the Festival’s reputation for throwing unforgettable kitchen parties is sure to remain intact, with fan favourites Signal Hill performing on Friday, September 14th, and Big Bad Party Band performing on September 15th. The high-octane energy and dance-inducing music of these bands will no doubt keep festival-goers singing along and dancing late into the nights.
Don’t be left out of this weekend-long kitchen party, tickets are on sale now! You can find them online at www.peishellfish.com by phone at 902-629-6625 or stop by the Eastlink Centre box office. Advance tickets prices: Feast and Frolic ($155), Weekend Pass ($35.00), Daily Passes for Friday and Saturday ($17.00) and Sunday ($14.00). Advance day tickets are 10% off when you purchase before September 1. On-site prices are in effect starting September 13.
AIR MILES is back as an official ticketing partner with guests able to redeem their AIR MILES Reward Miles online for Festival tickets. For more information please visit: www.airmiles.ca.
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“The PEI International Shellfish Festival organization has an impressive track record of delivering a multiple day event full of food and fun that continues to draw national and international chefs and visitors. This Festival not only provides an immediate economic boost to the local economy, it also further promotes the Island as a must-visit destination with so much to offer. I am pleased to announce a Government of Canada investment of $205,000 over two years to strategically promote and market the 2018 and 2019 events.”
– Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).
“Not only has the PEI International Shellfish Festival been a major contributor to the province’s fall tourism product, but it’s also done more than just about any other event to solidify our reputation as a world class producer of seafood, especially shellfish. It’s also a great venue to showcase local musical and artistic talent. We are proud to support this fantastic event.”
– The Honourable Chris Palmer, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism
“Charlottetown is proud to once again host the International Shellfish Festival in the Birthplace of Confederation,” said Mayor Clifford Lee. “This shoulder-season event perfectly showcases what PEI has to offer and draws tourists Canada wide and beyond. Congratulations to the organizing committee on 23 years of excellent seafood and entertainment.”
– Mayor Clifford Lee, City of Charlottetown
“We’re excited to release tickets for the 2018 edition of the PEI International Shellfish Festival.” “I am looking forward to Chef Michael’s return to this year’s festival and encourage everyone to watch for more announcements in July.”