What’s new on PEI for 2016
Opened in June 2015, Upstreet Craft Brewing has expanded the craft beer scene on PEI by making unique and refreshing flavour combinations at their location in downtown Charlottetown. At Upstreet, they believe in community almost as much as they believe in making the best possible beer. As a result, they’ve created a gathering place to come together with friends, to meet neighbours and to celebrate camaraderie over a beer and a few laughs.
In addition to the over 16 varieties of Gouda cheese produced at Glasgow Glen Farm in the rolling hills of New Glasgow, PEI, they’ve now teamed up with Island Hill Farm to bring cheese lovers everywhere two types of Prince Edward Island goat cheese.
A small distillery in Warren Grove is the first in the province to produce absinthe, a potent green alcohol swirling with history and mystery. This drink was very popular in France until it was banned in 1915, only returning to shelves in 2011. With a base of their own distilled spirits, carefully selected herbs, and through multiple distillations and infusions using traditional methods, Deep Roots Distillery has created their authentic Absinthe. They’ve released a limited number of bottles – approximately 290 – and each will be marked with a specific number.
Mary and Derrick Hoare are the new owners of Annie’s Table, New London’s award-winning culinary studio. Founded in 2012 by Annie Leroux, the studio, now known as The Table, focuses on experiential cuisine create with Island foods. From dining, cooking classes, and hands-on gathering from the garden, each step culminates in a meal focused on fresh, local ingredients. The culinary adventures have resulted in The Table being recognized by international press for bringing local history, food and culture together. They will open on Victoria Day weekend in May of 2016.
Chef Michael Smith and his wife Chastity offer one of the most authentic and immersive food experiences in the world at The Inn at Bay Fortune. Their FireWorks is an atelier of young chefs devoted to rediscovering, respecting and reimagining the food ways of the past. Each evening’s Feast is 100% prepared from vegetables grown on their own organic farm, 100% prepared from live fires and served interactively at a variety of outdoor fire stations and in their Fire Kitchen. You are invited to experience a true farm-to-flame-to-fork experience while visiting the Maritimes!
The Galley, Summerside, PEI (and surrounding area)
Formerly the executive chef of Annie’s Table in New London, this year Chef Norman Zeledon started his own business: a gourmet food truck called The Galley. But it’s not the type of food you’d expect to see at a typical food truck on the street. The menu is full of local seafood, like oysters, mussels, quahogs, bar clams, and lobster, and customers have been raving about his Island Po’boy Sandwich.
The Inn at Bay Fortune
The Inn at Bay Fortune is to be renovated under new ownership of celebrity Chef Michael Smith. The Inn was built in 1913 as the summer home for Broadway playwright Elmer Harris and his family. As it turned out, Fortune, Prince Edward Island was the summer residence of many New York City Broadway and silent screen types that fled the Big Apple to beat the heat. As years passed, the Inn had another famous owner. Actress Colleen Dewhurst (famously known for her role as Marilla Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables) and her family spent their summers there. The 15-room inn has long been a favorite among Island visitors. At the beginning of the 2016 season, Chef Michael and his wife, Chastity will launch the first 5-star property in Eastern Prince Edward Island.
Prince Edward Island National Park is proud to introduce the newest accommodation option on the North Shore – the authentic oTENTiks in Prince Edward Island National Park! A structure that blends the fun of a tent with the convenience of a cabin, oTENTik is an appealing option for those who want a camping experience without the hassle. The 6 new oTENTiks at Cavendish Campground showcase the very best that this beautiful seaside campground has to offer. Each oTENTik has a different theme reflected in its name and décor, and is equipped with its own parking area, deck overlooking stunning Cavendish beach, picnic table, BBQ, fire pit and more. Parks Canada will also be adding 8 brand new oTENTiks at the Stanhope campground as of June 24th so watch for them this season!
New in 2015, PEI Coastal Experiences offers experiences ranging from Aboriginal forest walks to tonging oysters in Malpeque Bay in western Prince Edward Island. John Martin, a former clam fisher and currently a guide with the Canadian Potato Museum, and his partner Eileen Conway-Martin have developed close relationships with local experts in potato farming, oyster fishing, lobster fishing, music, art, and culture.
Starfish Hunt with Tranquility Cove Adventures
A day at the beach can result in the discovery of some very special treasures: Sea Stars (or better known as Star Fish). At Tranquility Cove Adventures, they provide a guided 2-hour beach hunt for these beautiful Echinoderms along the shores of the beautiful Brudenell River. This new experience has become very popular with families who delight in combing the beaches and taking these creatures home as keepsakes.
Robinsons Island Trail System is now 5 kilometres of multi-use trail and the newest addition to the National Park’s outdoor offer. Located on a small island that was once home to a popular campground, this family-friendly trail has options for hikers and bikers of all levels. Designed as a “stacked loop,” explorers can choose a shorter or longer route depending on skill level or time constraints. All routes end up on a secluded beach that is perfect for a mid-afternoon picnic.