SUMMERSIDE — It was an evening of food and drink as Fall Flavours presented Kegs, Corks and Oysters at Credit Union Place’s Eastlink Arena Saturday night.
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Chef Emily McKeown looks on as people flock to her station to try a variety of oyster dishes during the Fall Flavours event Kegs, Corks and Oysters, which was held at Eastlink Arena at Credit Union Place over the weekend.
Chef Emily McKeown offered visitors the opportunity to experience specially prepared oysters.
McKeown has become know for her cooking through her catering endeavours and the Fiveeleevenwest Restaurant.
McKeown said events like Fall Flavours provide a unique and valuable experience to Islanders and tourists alike along with promoting Prince Edward Island.
“It’s very important,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for Islanders to come out and taste local foods made by local chefs and it’s also an opportunity for tourists to come an experience our Island and what we have to offer. I don’t know what the economic spin off is but I imagine it has a great impact on lots of different venues.”
McKeown said as much local product as possible is in the preparation of the oyster dishes.
“We try to do our best,” she said. “The oysters are from Five Star Fishery, which is just west of Tyne Valley. We’ve used local cheddar, local bacon, local sausage and vegetables, so 80 per cent of the food we have here is produced right on the Island.”
McKeown was offering three different kinds of oyster dishes — oysters casino, Rockefeller and Island oyster.
She said Fall Flavours is an experience everyone should have.
“It’s a fun night. I like this night. With the music the food the wine and the beer, it’s just a really nice atmosphere.”
Sommelier Mark Dewolf agreed that events like Fall Flavours are important.
“Anytime we can support local industry, especially the local food and drink industry, I think it’s a good thing,” said Dewolf.
Dewolf is from Nova Scotia but said the recognition P.E.I. has received through it’s Fall Flavours event has been strong.
He was offering up wine to those who attended the event.
“We’re doing some local wines but we’re doing some international wines, too,” he said. “We’re going to do a little test on how to match up the local oysters with the different styles of wine and show how the taste changes when you have different wines.”
Dewolf said local wines hold their own with the international products that are available.
“Even the local white wines go perfectly with oysters because we have fresh flavours in the white wines from this region. That’s what you need when you have oysters. You need to have a fresh delicate white wine.”