What are you doing to ensure my safety at the Festival?
At the Festival, our guest’s safety is our number one priority. We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and are taking proper steps to ensure the safety of our guests. For the 2021 Festival we will be putting into effect heightened precautions for sanitization, disinfection, and cleaning measures. There will be additional access to hand sanitizer throughout the Festival Tent.
If patrons are exhibiting signs of sickness they may be prohibited from entering the Festival grounds or asked to see the onsite EMS. The Festival is working closely with Health PEI and will be following all of the current regulations and recommendations regarding Covid-19.
Are there any travel restrictions/isolation requirements on Prince Edward Island?
To check updated travel restrictions and isolation requirements for PEI, please visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/travel.
Some travelers may need to apply for a PEI Pass to travel to Prince Edward Island. Go to https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/apply-for-a-pei-pass for more information or to apply for a PEI Pass.
Do I need to wear a mask inside the Festival?
Effective July 9th, 2021, it is no longer mandatory for non-medical masks to be worn in public, indoor spaces in PEI. Masking is still encouraged and PEI residents and visitors should consider their own health, vaccination status and the vaccination status of others around them, and their exposure to the public when deciding to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
For more information visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/wearing-non-medical-masks-in-the-community
What if I have food Allergies?
There will be food allergens, specifically related to Shellfish, at the Festival and even with our high level of food safety standards, we cannot guarantee that food has not come in contact with allergens.
What is the PEI Fall Flavours Festival?
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 from September 16th to October 10th in communities across Prince Edward Island. For more information please visit www.fallflavours.ca.
When will headliners be announced?
Festival headliners and Celebrity Chefs will be announced in early August! Keep an eye on our social media pages and our schedule for updates on “Shell-ebrity” appearances.
Are there any changes to this year’s Feast & Frolic?
The Feast & Frolic has always been a celebration of PEI’s amazing seafood and this year is no exception. For the 2021 Festival we will be putting into effect heightened precautions for sanitization, disinfection, and cleaning measures to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests. For more information on the Feast & Frolic, click here.
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.
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.
I am hungry! What is there to eat?
Our full menu for 2021 will be coming soon, so keep an eye out for updates on all kinds of great local food! There will be something for everyone at our three amazing Island food vendors. Just a reminder that all food and drinks need to be purchased with Shellfish Bucks, available for purchase online before the festival and onsite.
I need Shellfish and beer! What do you take for payment?
Shellfish Bucks are needed to make purchases at the Festival and can be purchased at the same time as your Festival ticket as well as on site. The Shellfish Bucks Card will allow for easy, contactless payment for all of your food and drink needs! More information on the new Shellfish Bucks Card will be announced soon.
I have some Shellfish tokens from last year, can I still use them?
Yes! Just bring your Shellfish Bucks tokens to the token trailer (or box office?) on the festival site to have them loaded onto your Shellfish Bucks Card. Please note that Shellfish tokens will be accepted for exchange in 2021 only.
Can I have my Shellfish Bucks refunded if I don’t use all of them?
Shellfish Bucks are non-refundable, but they can be used at next year’s Festival.
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.
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 Chef Challenge Showdown
A fierce competition for $10,000, top chefs from across Canada compete head to head in a shellfish inspired culinary competition.
Motts Clamato 2021 Shellfish Festival Caesar Competition
Competitors show off their Caesar making skills amongst some of the best bartenders in town and take home the bragging rights of having the best Caesar, 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.
Irish Point Oysters 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.
Where can I see a full Festival schedule?
You can view the schedule of events here. Please note times are subject to change.
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 scheduled 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 16th with many chances to interact and get up close and personal with the chef!
I’ve never attended the 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 an 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!
Once I am inside, am I able to leave the tent?
Yes, if you have purchased an all day pass, you may leave and return, but you must obtain a wristband and it must be placed securely on your wrist for re-entry. Guests with an afternoon ticket do not have access to the tent after 4:30 pm. Please note: Priority Access prior to 7pm – We can guarantee priority entry with any valid ticket prior to 7pm. Please be aware that failure to arrive by 7pm may result in extended wait times and in extreme circumstances the possibility of no entry.
Can I tip my excellent servers?
Yes! Our vendors and staff work hard to provide you with top quality service and it is possible to tip upon purchase with your Shellfish Bucks Card.
What time does the party start?
Thursday September 16, 2021 – Feast & Frolic Dinner 6pm-10pm.
Doors open at 5:30pm.
Friday September 17, 2021 – Doors open 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday September 18, 2021 – Doors open 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Sunday September 19, 2021 – Doors open 12:00pm – 5:00pm
*Hours are subject to change.
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.
Will there be ATMs on site?
There will be an ATM at the festival box office.
Just a reminder, the Festival is cashless and Shellfish Bucks will be available to be purchased online or on site.
What is your Extenuating Circumstance Cancellation Policy?
The Festival’s Extenuating Circumstance Cancellation Policy protects travellers from cancellation penalties due to travel advisories or safety precautions imposed by the WHO or our guests’ jurisdiction’s government in relation to viruses, including COVID-19. In the case of such advisories, tickets will be fully refunded. *Please note that tickets purchased with a credit card will be subject to a third party credit card fee upon return.
Priority Access Prior to 7pm
Due to demand we can guarantee priority entry with any valid ticket prior to 7pm. Please be aware that failure to arrive by 7pm may result in extended wait times and in extreme circumstances the possibility of no entry.
When and where do tickets go on sale?
Tickets for the 2021 Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival will be going on sale on August 5th on the Festival website. To make enjoying food and drink at the festival even easier, you can buy your Shellfish Bucks at the same time as your ticket! But don’t worry, you can load up on more Shellfish Bucks on the festival grounds as well.
How much money do I have to ‘shell-out’ for a ticket?
Check out our affordable ticket prices here!
Can I get a refund on my ticket?
Refunds are offered only in instances of Extenuating Circumstances. Please see the policy below.
Can I redeem my pass (es) if I do not use them?
No refunds or exchanges, except in case of absence of the invited artist, changes to the roster or cancellation due to weather or cancellation due to Covid-19 safety measures.
I hear you have three kinds of tickets this year. How does that work?
Yes, there are three types of tickets for this year’s festival. Our all-day tickets will grant you access to the tent from open to close so you can enjoy entertainment, culinary competitions and amazing food all day long! Purchase any of our all-day tickets and get free entry for Sunday September 19th. If you just want to enjoy all of the action that the daytime has to offer, the afternoon tickets grant you access to the festival from open to 4:30 PM. And for the diehard Shellfish and Kitchen Party fans, we have weekend passes that grant access to the festival from open to close on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets will be going on sale August 5th and can be purchased here.
What if I have an afternoon ticket but want to stay later?
Afternoon ticket holders will be able to pay the difference and purchase all-day tickets ONLY if the Festival has not sold out for that day. We can not guarantee there will be tickets available at the gate, so if you want to stay for the party, we recommend you purchase your all-day tickets in advance.
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. Afternoon tickets grant access to the Festival from noon to 4:30 pm and all day tickets grant access to the Festival from open to close.
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 our box office which is open during Festival hours.
What if the event sells out?
In the event of sell out, everyone with a ticket will be guaranteed entry for the date and hours of their ticket type. For all day tickets entry is only guaranteed until 7pm date of show. If you have not purchased your tickets in advance, please check our website www.peishellfish.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for live updates from the tent to avoid disappointment at the gate.
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.
Are children able to attend?
Little skippers, children 6 and under are free! Our venue becomes 19+ after 8pm.
I’m coming from out of town. Where can I stay?
Visit our hotel partners page for a full list of our participating hotels.
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.
Can I Bring
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.)
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 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 my pets to the Festival?
No, pets are not permitted on Festival grounds. Service dogs are welcome.
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.
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 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 PEI International Shellfish Festival apron, daily admission ticket and complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during shift. Got a question about volunteer opportunities? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.