WEST POINT -- For the third year in a row, the P.E.I. Fall Flavours Festival is drawing lobster lovers, and those who are curious about the popular crustacean, to West Point.
The festival’s Lobster Party on the Beach, with the Food Network Canada’s Chef Corbin Tomaszeski as the host chef, happens on the beach at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park this Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. There’s even transportation to the event being arranged from Summerside and Charlottetown.
Foodies will be able to munch on lobster prepared in a variety of ways included on a bed of hot stones in a pit dug right on the beach, just down from West Point wharf where lobster boats are docked. “Taste Prince Edward Island lobster like never before prepared in array of styles: Grilled PEI lobster tostada, Butter poached, and fried PEI lobster fritters,” teases festival promotional material.
“That’s what it’s all about. People are there to enjoy the lobster in all the different forms,” explained Ian MacPherson, managing director of the P.E.I. Fishermen’s Association, one of the sponsors of the signature event.
“Both years we have had a number of guests who hadn’t had lobsters before, so it’s a great opportunity to capture some new converts to that type of protein.”
MacPherson added, “it’s not just about the food; it’s about the actual (fishing) process and what happens, where they fish, how far they go out,”
Fishermen, including the bearded skipper, Norman Peters, will be there to talk about their industry. They will help show people new to the lobster experience how to crack their meal and also demonstrate how lobster traps are designed and built.
MacPherson said Cedar Dunes Beach is not just a beautiful spot for the experience, but it is located right in the part of the province where a lobster fishery is currently operating. Lobster buoys will surely be visible just off-shore from the feast.
The Culinary Institute had prepared lobster on the beach for Prince William and Kate Middleton, two years during their Royal Visit. The Culinary Institute will help prepare the entire meal for Sunday’s feast.