Celebrity chefs, Lynn Crawford and Chuck Hughes join The Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival 2017 lineup
May 15, 2017 – Charlottetown, PEI – PEI International Shellfish Festival
Canada’s largest shellfish festival, the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival, is back and taking place September 14 – 17 in downtown Charlottetown. The four day festival showcases the Island’s famous Prince Edward Island shellfish and will be jam packed with culinary delights, including live cooking demos and authentic Island experiences hosted by some of your favourite celebrity and local Island chefs.
Food Network Canada’s celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford will return to host the weekend celebrations. Lynn stars in the popular Food Network Canada show, Pitchin’ In and is the chef-owner of popular downtown Toronto restaurant, Ruby Watchco. Lynn will be on the shellfish main stage with culinary demonstrations daily Friday through Sunday and available throughout the weekend for photo ops and cookbook signings.
Food Network Canada’s Chef Chuck Hughes will host the kick off signature event, Feast & Frolic presented by the PEI Fishermen’s Association on Thursday, September 14. Not only is Chuck a top Canadian chef and television personality, he is also a restaurateur, owning two of Montreal’s top restaurants. You won’t want to miss the boat on the event’s new format to “frolic” and mingle and taste the Island tip to tip while meeting local chefs and fishermen, and trying three award-winning chowders. The evening will include roving food stations, a sit-down main course and live entertainment.
We’re celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday all weekend long with the best entertainment Canada has to offer with the return of Big Bad Party Band on Friday September 15 and Signal Hill on Saturday September 16. These fan favourites are sure to keep festival goers singing and dancing all night, the Island way. There is even more exciting news and announcements to come, ensuring you’ll have your dancing shoes on all weekend long. Canada’s Food Island will also host 12 Canadian chefs to compete in the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge for a $10,000 cash prize. Catch the live competition and many other live demos and entertainment on the main stage.
We are pleased to announce Restaurants Canada will be presenting a PEI Shellfish Excellence Award again this year to a foodservice operator in Prince Edward Island. The winning restaurants will be recognized for its exceptional promotion of local seafood, and for demonstrating superior shellfish quality standards, offering an assortment of local shellfish, and promoting PEI shellfish choices to its community and customers. Applications can be submitted via the www.peishellfish.com.
Tickets will go on sale on May 15 to the general public and will be available online at www.peishellfish.com, by phone 902-629-6625 or at the Eastlink Centre box office. Advance tickets prices are as follows; Feast and Frolic ($155); Weekend Pass ($33.00); Daily Passes for Friday and Saturday ($15.00) and Sunday ($14.00). All tickets are subject to taxes and services fees. Get your tickets in advance, as prices increase on-site.
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.
For more information on schedule of events and tickets to the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival please visit: www.peishellfish.com.
- The PEI International Shellfish Festival is a joint effort of the PEI Aquaculture Association and the PEI Shellfish Association
- The Festival started in 1996 as a one day event to celebrate the PEI shellfish industry, making this year the 22nd consecutive festival and growing each year
- Over 11,000 festival goers attended the 2016 Shellfish Festival
- Over $26,000 dollars in cash prizes are handed out during live competitions in the Festival tent
- Registration is now open for all festival culinary competitions: PEI Potato Chowder Championship, Shiny Sea PEI Oyster Shucking Championship, Raspberry Point International Oyster Shucking Championship, Mott’s Best Caesar In Town Competition and Tie One On Mussel Competition
- Four official Charlottetown hotels offer special rates and complimentary shuttle service to patrons of the Shellfish Festival. Official hotels include: Rodd Royalty, Rodd Charlottetown, Holiday Inn Express and The Holman Grand Hotel
- The Festival is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Prince Edward Island Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Innovation and Advanced Learning.
“It’s exciting that the Shellfish Festival continues to grow and evolve year after year and we’re continuing to introduce new exciting events and entertainment to the Festival. This year we’re celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and will have an all Canadian Chef line up for the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge as well as a brand new format for the Feast and Frolic event”
– Liam Dolan, Chair of the 2017 PEI International Shellfish Festival
“With a successful festival track record that spans two decades, it’s hard to imagine that this event can get any better – yet time and time again, it does. Our Island hospitality coupled with our famous PEI shellfish are not only local treasures, they are experiences to share with the world. What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th celebration than with a feast to remember at the PEI International Shellfish Festival.”
– Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation and Economic Development and Minister Responsible for ACOA
“The Prince Edward International Shellfish Festival gives tremendous profile to the fresh and delicious seafood in our province and further cements our reputation as Canada’s Food Island. It is an excellent opportunity for local chefs to put their skills on display. The festival is also an integral component of our culinary tourism season fall extension, and part of the Fall Flavours Culinary Festival.
– Hon Heath MacDonald, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism
“We are thrilled to participate in the festival again, and look forward to recognizing one of the many Canadian restaurants that innovate with local flavours and fresh ingredients from our own waters,” says Shanna Munro, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada. “This authenticity and quality is what makes Canada a can’t-miss culinary destination.”
– Shanna Munro, President and CEO of Restaurants Canada
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