FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charlottetown, PE, May 25, 2023 – The PEI International Shellfish Festival presented by Dairy Farmers of PEI is back and ready to celebrate the best of the best when it comes to shellfish. The festival is scheduled to take place from September 14th to September 17th, 2023 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Renowned chef Corbin Tomaszeski and world champion oyster shucker Shucker Paddy are teaming up to bring you an unforgettable shellfish weekend packed with entertainment.
Chef Corbin Tomaszeski, known for his unique vision and passion for meaningful culinary experiences, has left an indelible mark on the world of food. Corbin has captured the hearts of food lovers through his popular Food Network shows, including “The Incredible Food Race,” “Dinner Party Wars,” “Restaurant Makeover,” and “Restaurant Takeover.” His culinary expertise extends to his published cookbook, “In Good Company,” and the successful launch of his boutique food company, Corbin Catering and Foods.
Joining forces with Corbin is none other than Patrick, affectionately known as Shucker Paddy, a true maestro in the world of oysters. Holding three Guinness World Records for shucking oysters, Patrick has rightfully claimed the title of world champion oyster shucker. In addition, his exceptional knowledge and expertise have earned him the coveted designation of an oyster sommelier. Adding to his accomplishments, Patrick has successfully built, owned, and managed two acclaimed restaurants in Toronto.
Together, chef Corbin and Shucker Paddy will take center stage as the festival hosts, captivating audiences with live cooking demonstrations, immersive Shucking 101 sessions and fans will have the chance to get up close and personal during cookbook signings.
The festival proudly announces its new presenting sponsor, the Dairy Farmers of PEI, to showcase the perfect pairing of shellfish and dairy. Early bird tickets to the 2023 festival went on sale today, and if you purchase them before July 31 at 11:59pm, you can save 15%.
“Over many years, this festival has built a world-wide reputation showcasing some of the beautiful tastes, cultures, and experiences that make the Island such a special place to live and visit,” said Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). “The Government of Canada recognizes the tourism and culinary industries as key ingredients to a growing, sustainable economy in P.E.I.
“The PEI International Shellfish Festival provides a tremendous platform to showcase all the things Islanders are proud of – our food, our music and of course our world class hospitality,” said Honourable Cory Deagle, minister of Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture. “I look forward to another successful festival this year.”
“The PEI International Shellfish Festival has grown to become one of Charlottetown’s signature tourism events,” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “This shoulder-season festival plays a key role in driving economic, social, and cultural benefits into the fall. The City is a proud partner of this authentic celebration of Island culture that displays our world-class hospitality in a one-of-a-kind culinary experience.”
“Shellfish and dairy are a natural fit and we are thrilled to partner with the Dairy Farmers of PEI this year,” said Liam Dolan, chair of the PEI International Shellfish Festival. “We are excited to see what new and exciting dishes our celebrity chef and shucker have in store for us. This festival truly has something for everyone, and we’re excited to welcome back old friends and new visitors alike.”
Oysters, mussels and lobster take centre stage during this 4 day celebration of PEI’s world-famous shellfish. Join us for a jam-packed schedule of exciting culinary competitions and demos by day, and roof-raising kitchen parties by night.
Supported by Fisheries, Tourism, Sport and Culture, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, City of Charlottetown, Innovation PEI and City of Charlottetown Special Events Reserve Fund, among many other valued partners, the festival has grown to become the world’s largest shellfish festival. Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival is an initiative of the Prince Edward Island Shellfish Association and Prince Edward Island Aquaculture Alliance.
Tickets on sale now at www.peishellfish.com
PEI International Shellfish Festival Early Bird ticket prices (plus taxes and service fees). Early Bird pricing in effect until July 31, at 11:59pm
Afternoon only ticket / $10.00 : Afternoon access from 12pm-5:30pm
All day pass / $40.00 : Bonus! With the purchase of an All Day Pass, you will receive a complimentary All Day Pass to the Festival on Sunday Sept 17, 2022
Weekend Pass / $70.00 : Weekend passes available until July 31st, at 11:59pm or while supplies last.
Feast and Frolic presented by Lobster Fishers of PEI / $175.00 : Seated dinner Thursday, September 14, 2023
Shellfish Bucks, our contactless payment system, can be purchased starting at $50 increments up to $500