The Island’s best has been on display this past week.
And we’re not talking about music.
Two of this province’s largest events centered around food — Fall Flavours and the P.E.I. International Shellfish Festival — have attracted the hungry, foodies, some high-profile names and lots of media attention.
Tickets for the shellfish festival were in high demand and went quickly as some of the Island’s best products from the sea were on display and cooked up in a variety of unique and yummy dishes last week and throughout the weekend.
The Island’s food ambassador, Food Network’s Chef Michael Smith, was centrestage during the event, which also featured great entertainment, touting the sea’s bounty.
He, along with the great dishes on offer, resulted in sell-out crowds to many of the long list of things to do as part of the festival.
And, over the past week, Island communities, from West Prince to Charlottetown, have provided the backdrop for unique food events as part of the annual Fall Flavours festival.
There was Lobster on the Beach, Applelicious, which featured a cider competition and the Fall Flavours Signature event, the Meal in the Field, just to name a few.
And that festival continues until later this month with two signature events — Beef N Blues and Kegs, Corks and Oysters — set for this coming weekend at Credit Union Place in Summerside.
The two festivals, a food lover’s gastric delight, are doing what organizers had hoped they would do — attract people to Prince Edward Island during the fall shoulder season.
Many events, like Saturday night’s Meal in the Field, have been sold out, attracting top-name chefs to our fair isle along with so-called “foodies” who have heard just what our Island has to offer for the palate.
While Prince Edward Island is known to most of the world as being the birthplace of Anne of Green Gables, events like Fall Flavours and the International Shellfish Festival are quickly solidifying our Island’s reputation as being a food destination second to none.
It’s a good reputation to have, especially given the emphasis on healthy and farm-to-table eating.
We, as Islanders, are fortunate to live in a place where, within minutes, we can be on a farm or at a wharf to buy our food fresh from our neighbours.
We always knew that Prince Edward Island produces some of the best food in the world.
Now, thanks to these events, the world now knows that as well.