Live and eat like an Islander on authentic culinary experiences that range from sea to farm
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On Prince Edward Island, you can eat food as briny fresh as the Maritimers do. Hop aboard a fish boat, strap on some gloves and learn a lesson from a third-generation lobster hauler on how to catch and cook the king of the crustaceans. Stand side-by-side on PEI’s red sand beaches with a local guide who’ll teach you how to dig, tong or dive for your own fresh catch of the day. Before you know it, you’ll be sharing belly laughs with newfound friends at a clamfest on the beach or a crab boil on a clapboard deck. PEI authentic culinary experiences range from sea to farm.
Experience the fresh, saline slurp of an oyster you’ve shucked yourself on a Tong & Shuck tour with Future Sea Foods. Feel the rock and sway of the boat and the ocean spray in your hair as you watch a fisherman demonstrate the generations-old traditions of oyster tonging. Listen to his salty tales of the sea. Visit an oyster dory. Ask him how to make “Rocky Fellas” (a twist on Oysters Rockefeller).
Wield a shovel like an old hand on a Giant Bar Clam Dig with Tranquility Cove Adventures. Wetsuits, snorkels and masks are part of the package as your guides lead you into water up to your waist to dig for giant clams. The tour includes a crash course on hauling a lobster trap, rock crab pot and a mussel sock. After comes the reward: fresh clams steamed in salt water, served beach side.
Organizers of the PEI International Shellfish Festival promise a “four-day foodie’s dream” at this world famous festival held every September. Add to that, celebrity chef demos, oyster shucking races, shellfish tastings and Celtic fiddles and you’ll have a true sense of the party-loving PEI culinary culture.
Go field side for a Spuds, Fudge & Tales Farm Tour. Sample a local favourite– potato fudge– on a lunch tour of the Canadian Potato Museum, home to a 4.2-metre (14-foot) high sculptured potato. Visit a potato farm and learn fun facts about PEI’s renowned spud.
Download the PEI Flavours Culinary Trail guide and plan a visit to the island’s five culinary regions. Try chocolate-covered PEI potato chips at Anne of Green Gables Chocolates. Order the fresh lobster cold plate and stamp your feet to a Maritime ditty at Lobster Ceilidh. En route, discover why Gourmet magazine called PEI’s “hyper-local food culture… a little slice of heaven.”
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