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Lobster season is in full swing and Islanders and visitors alike are excited for their first taste. We’ve waited all winter for this! Prince Edward Island has two lobster seasons, the first from the beginning of May until the end of June and the second starting in August until October.
There are so many delicious ways to enjoy your lobster. These are some local favourites:
The Traditional Lobster Dinner:
Roll your sleeves up and dig in! The traditional lobster dinner is served with normally a 1 – 1.5 lbs lobster (Cold or hot – the choice is yours!) and accompanied with melted butter, potato salad, coleslaw and a fresh roll! I promise you’ll be looking at your plate wondering “how do I even tackle this?” but luckily there is always an Islander around to provide a little guidance and we sure do love teaching someone the Island ways.
Did someone say Lobster Roll?
You’ll be sure to find a lobster roll in almost every restaurant across Prince Edward Island during our lobster seasons. Lobster mixed with mayonnaise with celery and most times green onion served on a buttered and toasted bun is the most traditional way you will find a lobster roll. Some restaurants kick things up a notch adding ingredients like bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and more! Indulging in a lobster roll is a must on any PEI vacation! I suggest trying a few to decide which one you like the best!
Lobster Mac n’ Cheese:
As if Mac n’ Cheese could get any better. Taking comfort food to the next level you’ll find this dish on menus across the Island. Paired perfectly with local artisan cheese, your mouth will be watering and your taste buds will want more!
How will you enjoy your PEI lobster?
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Throughout September, the annual Fall Flavours Festival shines a spotlight on PEI’s tradition of authentic, local cuisine. Restaurants design menus tailored specifically to the festival, and chefs both local and celebrity host hands-on events meant to give the public a greater appreciation of the quality of Island food. These events are spread over the entire province, covering fishing, farming – and, of course, feasting!
One such event is Field to Fork, hosted by Chef Roark Mackinnon. He’ll lead groups through the countryside on a producer tour, showing everything and everyone that will be contributing to the tour’s closing four-course fire-roasted dinner at The Table Culinary Studio. Pick some of Al Pickett’s black garlic to put in your artisanal bread, collect vegetables from Sandy MacKay’s organic farm, talk sheep with Nancy and Ken Sanderson, and check on your appetizers at Green Gables Oysters. After that, it’s back to The Table, where Chef Mackinnon will cook your meal right before your eyes, explaining every step of his process. Finally, you’ll dig into a meal you know absolutely everything about!
For those that would rather stay under one roof, there’s The Great Big BBQ at the PEI Brewing Company. There you’ll find the best the Island has to offer, including potato, beef, and seafood dishes, prepared by the Food Network’s Chef Corbin alongside chefs of the Murphy Hospitality Group. To make the evening even better, local beers and wine pairings will be available.
But the Festival’s entrée is the Taste of Coastal Communities series. These three separate events – hosted in Georgetown, Tyne Valley, and North Rustico – pair local restaurants’ cooking with beautiful by-the-water backdrops for the finest Island dining experience possible. At each event a celebrity chef will work beside their Island peers: Paul Rogalski at Georgetown, Jessie Vergen at Tyne Valley, and Connie DeSousa and John Jackson at North Rustico.
No matter what events you choose to attend, you’ll be treated to food prepared by some of the best chefs around. Whether its local legends like Kyle Paton or world-wide celebrities like Michael Smith, every Fall Flavours kitchen will be cooking with passion and expertise.