Culinary Fact Sheet - FINAL

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					                                  Pack Your Appetite for Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island offers hungry mouths world-class cuisine, from fresh seafood to products from its
rich and red soil. With its numerous restaurants and talented chefs, come see what the Island serves up
for you.

Fall Flavours – Chef Michael Smith - host of the Food Network’s Chef Abroad, Chef at Home, Chef at
Large and The Inn Chef - invites you to explore the Island from September 3 to September 30 for more
than 130 culinary and cultural events. Guests are invited to refine their taste buds at interactive taste
workshops, join local hosts to pick potatoes, dig clams, catch lobsters and harvest oysters, and more.
Chef Michael Smith will host various events, including A Gala By The Sea, Taste Our Island Roving Feast
and the Fortune Feast. He will also host two cooking classes at The Culinary Institute of Canada. For
more information visit,

International Shellfish Festival – This year’s International Shellfish Festival, otherwise known as, “the
                                        Biggest Kitchen Party in Atlantic Canada,” is happening September
                                        17 to 19 on the Charlottetown Waterfront. Spectators can sample
                                        and judge clam chowder at the PEI Potato Seafood Chowder
                                        Championship, watch the world’s best oyster shuckers at JP's
                                        Shellfish World Invitational Oyster Shucking Championship, go on
                                        guided tours with their children, take in live entertainment and
                                        much more. For more information, visit

Once in a Lifetime Experiences

Once in a Lifetime Experiences offer hands-on adventures for learning, creating memories, and
immersing yourself in authentic PEI culture. Why not learn how to fish for lobsters with Tranquility Cove
Adventures, with whom you become the fisherman, learning how to find, haul, bait and pack all the
traps? Best of all, you can claim a lobster to cook for yourself! Did you know that certain sea plants are
edible? Learn some seaweed secrets, traditional Irish Moss harvesting techniques, and enjoy some
seaweed soup, dulse biscuits and famous seaweed pie. Visit the PEI Potato Museum, pick your own
potato out of the field, make your own potato fudge, and enjoy a potato lunch. For more information,

Totally chocolate – Visit Island Chocolates to learn everything about your favourite treat! From peanut
clusters to cream centres and moulded chocolates, the possibilities are endless. Learn about the origins
of chocolates and the different types available from all over the world. When you’re finished, you can
enjoy your creations and show off your “Apprentice Chocolatier” certificate. For more information, visit

Dig for dinner – Clam digging is a long-held Island tradition, and
visitors can share their love of the sea and its fruits by digging for
dinner. Learn about the different types of clams – soft-shelled
clams that squirt water from their shells when you’re trying to dig
               them; quahogs which are little bit bigger than the soft shelled clams; bar clams, the
               biggest of the clams; and razor clams. When you are finished, enjoy a tasty treat by
cooking up your own clam chowder.

Tong and shuck oysters – The oyster farming tradition has not changed much over the years on the
Island and fishermen still scatter the waters with their tongs and crates to gather the delicious treats.
Head out on the offshore in an oyster dory and try your hand at tonging. Learn how to determine the
freshness of an oyster and what to look for in your grocery market and at seafood restaurants. Sample
some of the finest oysters you’ll ever taste, and try your hand in a lesson in oyster shucking.

A Taste of PEI’s Finest Restaurants

Pilot House Fine Food & Spirits – An island favourite, the Pilot
House is located in Charlottetown. Whether you’re in the
mood for a casual meal and drinks with friends or an intimate
dinner, the Pilot house will not disappoint. A Charlottetown
                       ir                menu
native, Chef Guy LeClair has designed a me to suit
everyone’s tastes. Relax in the pub with a light lunch and one
of the many draught beers available, or enjoy a mouth
watering dinner in the cozy dining room. For more
information, visit

                     Lot 30 – For Chef Gordon Bailey’s restaurant, Lot 30, fresh is the order of the day. In
                     fact, the Chef does not own a freezer, and changes the menu daily, depending on
                     fresh product. With a contemporary yet simple décor with a television screen
                     offering patrons a live glimpse into the kitchen, this hotspot could easily be found in
                     such cities as Toronto or New York. Using fresh and organic ingredients to create
                                                                                      four-course tasting
                     full flavoured meals, Lot 30 also offers vegetarian dishes and a four
                     menu. For more information, visit

                      The Claddagh Oyster House – Offering some of the best available oysters in Canada
                      and from around the world, this restaurant is located in downtown Charlottetown
                      and provides guests with a warm contemporary dining experience. The menu
                                                          premium Island beef, chicken, pasta and an
                      offers guests the freshest seafood, premi
extensive wine list. Some of the most popular dishes include the Oysters Rockafeller, the Galway Bay
Delight and fresh fish. For more information visit

Inn at Bay Fortune – The restaurant at the Inn at Bay Fortune features innovative use of Island products
and is home to the television cooking show The Inn Chef. One of the highest rated restaurants in the
Maritimes, Chef Warren Bar can be found foraging for wild mushrooms in the backwoods or picking wild
watercress next to an Island stream. For more information, visit

 Shipwright's Cafe – Chef Calvin Burt cooks for you in a restored 1880s farmhouse, offering organic and
gluten-free choices. Located in Margate, you are free to wander the organic vegetable, fruit, herb and
perennial gardens on site. For more information, visit and take a virtual
                 Ship to Shore Restaurant and Lounge – Ship to Shore was recognized in enRoute
                Magazine as one of Canada's 10 Best New Restaurants in 2009. Come in for some quality
Island seafood at the restaurant, lovingly refurbished by shellfish fisherman Stephen Stewart and
champion oyster shucker John Bil. For more information, visit

Victoria Village Inn and Restaurant – Nestled in the centre of the lovely village Victoria-by-the-Sea, Chef
Stephen Hunter offers some of the best Island delicacies including organic produce and seafood fresh off
the boats. Fresh and local is the theme. For more information, visit

Five Eleven West – For a casual approach to dining with hip decor and friendly service, visit Chef Emily in
Summerside at Five Eleven West. The menus are seasonal and include pub fare, a full dinner menu, and
an extensive wine, beer and custom cocktail menu. For more information, visit

A Sip of the Island

Rossignol Estate Winery – A little wine tasting goes a long way. Visit this cottage winery on the
Northumberland Strait to learn about the process of wine making. Visitors can also sample a
variety of table wines, fruit wines and liqueurs. For more information, visit

Prince Edward Island Distillery - Sample Canada’s first and only vodka distilled from PEI’s world famous
potatoes and try the Island’s first wild blueberry vodka. Visitors can take home a taste of the PEI and
enjoy a tour of the Hermanville building. For more information, visit

Myriad View Artisan Distillery – Islanders have made illegal moonshine throughout their history, and
now all can enjoy this Island tradition. The first artisan distillery on PEI, Myriad View is unique to both
the Island and the spirits industry. Tour the distillery and witness the production of 'Strait Shine'
collected from the still. Sample some 'Strait Lightening', a high-potency premium moonshine. For more
information, visit

Notable Chefs from Prince Edward Island

                         Chef Michael Smith – Chef Michael Smith, Canada’s best-known chef, is a
                         passionate advocate for simple, sustainable home cooking and inspiring
                         families to create their own healthy food lifestyle. He is the winner of the
                         James Beard Award for Cooking Show Excellence and host of Chef Abroad, Chef
                         at Home and Chef at Large seen on Food Network Canada and in close to 100
                         other countries. Chef Michael is Prince Edward Island’s official food
                         ambassador, an award winning cookbook author, newspaper columnist,
                         professional chef and home cook. He recently returned from leading the team
                         of chefs that cooked for the worlds Olympians in the Whistler Athletes Village.
                         His fourth cookbook, The Best of Chef at Home, is a smash hit across Canada.
                         Although Michael is a true chef at large his favourite role is Dad, home on
Prince Edward Island with his son Gabriel!
                  John Bil – John Bil is a three-time (1997, 2001, 2005) Canadian Oyster Shucking
                  Champion, two-time (2001, 2005) North American Oyster Shucking Champion and
finished sixth at the World Championships in Galway, Ireland.

Bil has been featured in magazine articles (Gourmet, The Art of Eating, Equinox, Elm Street), TV shows
(The Rick Mercer Report, Canada AM, Breakfast Television, The Surreal Gourmet, The Great Canadian
Food Show), newspapers (The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Boston Globe, Montreal Gazette) and a
documentary film (Keep on Shucking.) He is known as a relentless promoter of Prince Edward Island
seafood, with a focus on PEI oysters.

                                Chef Gordon Bailey – Originally from Manitoba, Chef Bailey got his start
                                in the kitchen at age 14. He was driven by the excitement and thrill of
                                cooking in a fast-paced atmosphere. After travelling all over the world,
                                taking part in culinary competitions and extending his knowledge on the
                                art of food, Chef Bailey returned to Canada, settling in the East Coast.
                                He has been Executive Chef for the Inn at Bay Fortune, the Inn at Spry
                                Point and the Inn at St. Peter’s. In 2008 he opened Lot 30 in
                                Charlottetown, a new favourite on the island.

Chef Stephen Hunter – Chef Stephen operates out of Victoria Village Inn in Victoria-by-the-Sea. He
walked away with the top prize in the 2009 Taste our Island Awards Ceremony, for his dedication to
using and promoting PEI grown products in his restaurant. He travels across PEI giving cooking
demonstrations and teaching people the benefits of using locally grown agriculture. A graduate of the
Culinary Institute of Canada, he embodies the ideals of growing locally, buying fresh, and keeping it


For additional information, please contact:

Devon Burke, 416-486-7231,