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Celebrity chefs take centre stage in Prince Edward Island.

The 2013 Fall Flavours Culinary Festival transforms the Atlantic province into a foodie paradise.

31 July 2013

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New taste sensations and a kitchen brigade of Food Network Canada celebrity chefs are on the menu for the 2013 Fall Flavours Culinary Festival, Sept. 6-29, on Prince Edward Island.

With five distinct culinary regions, Prince Edward Island is fertile ground for this year’s talented chefs to work their magic at Fall Flavours events around the province. This year, some of Canada’s biggest culinary stars are back, including chefs Anna Olson, Corbin Tomaszeski, Lynn Crawford and Mark McEwan. The stellar foursome will be joined by well-known Italian expatriate chef Massimo Capra.

Fall Flavours transforms PEI into a paradise for food lovers for more than three weeks: signature events combine the spectacular colours of PEI fall scenery with the island’s party-loving culture, attractions and food. Visitors can feast on bar clams on the beach, learn to shuck oysters like a local or taste artisan beers at a brewmaster’s dinner. On Fall Flavours culinary adventures, visitors can head out to sea for oyster fishing or earn foodie stripes at a culinary boot camp. Many of PEI’s leading restaurants feature special festival menus.

Special events make Fall Flavours extra zesty. Last year, video cameras went behind the scenes to watch fresh PEI cuisine being prepared for 500 Feast & Frolic guests at Charlottetown’s harbour. Along with dishes of sweet potato Island blue mussel chowder, butter braised lobster poutine and grilled Atlantic strip loin medallion, attendees received a surprise serving: a tray of Play-Doh, which they had used to compete for the best representation of PEI food products, sculpting everything from potatoes and Atlantic lobster to bluefin tuna and PEI beef.

There’s more good news for foodies. PEI’s own celebrated chef, Michael Smith, is back at Feast & Frolic, the annual kick-off to the four-day PEI International Shellfish Festival, Sept. 12-15, one of the major events that make Fall Flavours one of Canada’s most popular culinary festivals. This year, expect more surprises during the Festival, as well as celebrity chef demos, oyster-shucking races, chowder competitions and a traditional Gaelic ceilidh and boat tour.

Mark your September calendar for Fall Flavours and sign up for updates and ticket information. Tickets for the PEI International Shellfish Festival are on sale now.

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