Food & Drinks
Founder’s Food Hall & Market is Charlottetown’s newest place to eat & Shop, housing 20 unique vendors and delicious food outlets for shopping and dining pleasure. The market is also fully licensed with one of the vendors being a beer operation. Vendors include everything from an oyster bar, Receiver Coffee Company, Rawsome Juice, as well as locally grown fruit and produce. There are also market vendors selling items such as Soap & Candle from the Hive, Maritime Marzipan, and a pottery stop where people can paint their own pottery.
Slaymaker & Nichols Gastro House – New on Charlottetown’s food scene – the early 1900 décor will give you a bit of old and new! At Slaymaker & Nichols Gastro house the focus is on food & atmosphere and you won’t want to miss out! Upstairs, you will find 3 renovated guest rooms – making this one of Charlottetown’s newest unique places to stay. The story behind the name? In the spring of 1864, hoping to ride on the coattails of other larger circus’ Henry Slaymaker & William Nichols launched the Slaymaker & Nichols Olympic Circus. This circus rolled into Charlottetown in August 1864 and created quite the buzz throughout the city. The ironic part about this date is that the Fathers of Confederation were also in town with a great meeting that later became the formation of Canada. There was so much buzz around the circus that their arrival in the Charlottetown Harbour went unnoticed.
Copper Bottom Brewing Company – The Copper Bottom Brewing Company will be opening in the fall of 2017 in the eastern town of Montague. Young husband and wife team Ken and Ashley wanted to create a space that will bring this small rural community together. The brewery will also have a taproom where you can enjoy a couple of pints and listen to live music. What better way than to mix their two passions, Ken who is passionate about brewing, and Ashley who is a known musician. The brewery is located in a historic building in Montague which was the first town hall in 1938 and has acted as the office space for the town newspaper for the past 40 years. The Taproom as well as the outdoor deck has a great view overlooking the Montague River. The opening of this brewery is highly anticipated as it is the first craft brewery in Kings County! Tours will be available on-site.
The Culinary Institute of Canada: On-site Dining – Completing an extensive renovation process, the dining room will reopen in November of 2017. The renovations including expanding the dining area, adding two walls of windows to expand the view of the water as well as adding a bar and a open kitchen that can be seen by guests. The main level has a new Grab and go restaurant which featured products made from culinary students such as soups, salads, sandwiches and pastries.The lower level is now marche style dining with live stations. The on-site dining is a fully operational training restaurant for the students of both The Culinary Institute of Canada and the International Hospitality programs. Under the guidance of world class chefs and professional service industry instructors, the students create a unique dining experience using the very best the fields and waters of Prince Edward Island have to offer.
Culinary Institute of Canada: Culinary Bootcamps – After undergoing $7.2 million of renovations in 2017, doors opened once again for this unique, hands-on culinary experience in June 2018. The kitchen is brand new and larger than before. Choose from a variety of themed culinary experiences that vary in duration, style, techniques and flavours. You can sit back and watch the chef do a demonstration, or select a half or full day hands-on experience where you will learn the skills first hand.
Island Honey Wine Company – launched in July of 2017 in the village of Wheatley River. The Island Honey Wine Company is owned by Charles and Laura Lipnicki who moved to Prince Edward Island after visiting and experiencing the immediate sense of community, as well as the slower pace of life. The company is part of La Serena Farm, which is a certified organic farm (more like a little slice of paradise). The winery now has four mead wines available, all made with some amazing local ingredients.
Sugar Skull Cantina – The Sugar Skull Cantina is located on Water Street in downtown Charlottetown. The restaurant was opened by the owners of HopYard Beer Bar. One of the best things about Sugar Skull other than the food is the incredible patio, with big picnic tables. Customers are encouraged to sit with others; they dine in a communal fashion. The Sugar Skull Cantina represents the heart, soul and playful creativity of Chef Jane Crawford as she brings her own brand of authentic tacos and margaritas to the Island. Great tacos, ice cold drinks, patio life.
Day Drift Craft Soda Co. – Brought to you by the creators of UpStreet Craft Brewing, Day Drift Brewing launched in the summer of 2017 and offers artisanal craft soda. The sodas are made with locally sourced all natural fruit juices, aromatic spices, fresh botanicals, and fair trade organic cane sugar. They are currently offering three flavours: Apple Ginger Elderflower, Strawberry Rhubarb Basil, and Spiced Malt Cola. The sodas are handcrafted in small batches but deliver big flavour. Day Drift Soda is a perfect pairing for an Island adventure.
Backwoods Burger – Burgers and craft beer? You bet! The newest culinary idea located in Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island is taking the food scene to a whole new level on the North Cape Coastal Drive! The Wagner family created the perfect combination of Burger recipes from The Catch Kitchen + Bar with delicious beer from Moth Lane Brewery. Bring your appetite while visiting Backwoods Burger. The Mac and their famous cheesy fries are a must try! Not a burger fan? No worries, there are lots of other great options on their menu.
Tyne Valley Tea and Company – Opened on Canada Day 2016, owners Patti Gillis and Carol Rybinski saw a vision and revived the former tea house that had closed years before. Home of Tyne Valley’s best ‘cuppa tea’ you can also browse the craft shop stocked with work from local artisans, this renovated tea house is a place you will not want to miss as you explore the North Cape Coastal Drive. Plan to stop for a light lunch or sit on their new patio and enjoy an organic tea or gourmet coffee – make sure you save room for one of their delicious desserts!
FireWorks – In the spring of 2015, Food Network star and Island Ambassador, Chef Michael Smith purchased The Inn at Bay Fortune, which is the very same place where he first launched his career. By developing FireWorks – a 25-foot wood burning, fire-breathing brick-lined beast containing an open hearth, grill and smoke house – guests are invited to engage with the chefs as they prepare the Feast over 100% live fire. Each evening, a brand new menu using ingredients from their organic farm and herb gardens, and products from Prince Edward Island farmers, fisherfolk, foragers and culinary artisans which is served interactively at a variety of outdoor fire stations and in their Fire Kitchen.
The Table Culinary Studio: Experiential Dining – In 2017, The Table Culinary Studio launched experiential dining for up to 14 people each night, transforming the studio into a boutique restaurant evening. Guests will be able to interact with the chefs as they prepare the meal and learn about the fresh local foods that are being served. This will be Island dining at its best, served from platters at the big harvest table where guests will be able to share stories and laughter in the historic church. Evenings will end with dessert and storytelling or entertainment either inside or out on the grounds by a lovely campfire surrounded by the fields of rural PEI. Visit local lavender growers who will explain different uses of this aromatic plant, beekeepers and environmentalist who will show how honey is harvested and teach you about the vital roles that bees play in Island agriculture, or visit the grower who made black garlic famous world-wide.
Food Trucks – Prince Edward Island’s newest culinary trend is showcasing one of many reasons why it’s known as Canada’s Food Island! Food Trucks have been known for a few years on Prince Edward Island but chefs are taking their menus to a whole new level and their creative spins and delicious dishes are keeping us all coming back for more! Whether it’s setting off an adventure to find out which food truck has the best hand-cut local potato fries, or devouring a po’boy sandwich carefully crafted by Chef Norman at The Galley in Summerside or Terry Nabuur’s Lobster Melt at Terry’s Berries, your culinary options are plentiful as you explore Prince Edward Island tip to tip. Other popular food trucks are Fun on a Bun in Montague, Furious Franks in Belfast, The PEI Waffle Co. in Charlottetown, and Viva la Crêpe in Summerside.
The Inn at Bay Fortune – Prince Edward Island’s first and only 5-star Country Inn! The winter of 2016 was a period of reimagining, redesigning and renovating guest rooms to reflect first-class comfort and artistic design. In 2017, a new dining room expansion was added along with a new deck, remodelling of The Inn’s north courtyard bathrooms and a complete remodel of their south tower. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated by proprietor, Chastity Smith, using a blend of local art, treasured antiques and modern amenities creating a luxurious country-chic environment complete with seaside serenity.
The Sydney Boutique Inn – One of Charlottetown’s most luxurious destinations! While traditions of the former 1857 Notre Dame Academy remain, 18 distinctive, elegant and timeless suites have been created to surpass the clients’ expectations. All modern conveniences and amenities have been incorporated into the design. The property is located in the historic district of the city close to theatre, shopping, the Charlottetown waterfront and boardwalk. A 5-star inn with downtown convenience.
Mill River Resort – Renovated in stages throughout 2017 and more into 2018. The renovations include the main lobby, dining room, bar, outdoor patio, and expanding of the conference and wellness centre. The rooms will also be updated. It is located 57 km west of Summerside. Mill River is a full-service resort with 18-hole championship golf, indoor pool, 90-ft. waterslide, kiddies’ pool, whirlpool, sauna, spa, squash courts, tennis courts (day/night), and fitness centre.
Treetop Haven – Have the unique experience of sleeping in the trees. Treetop Haven features five TreePods fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, barbeque, and a personal hot tub. This is the first of its kind for Prince Edward Island. Take a trip to Treetop Haven and visit one of the designated Forest Bathing trails. A forest bathing trip consists of visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in substances called phytoncides. Forest Bathing is a step in the right direction to get you to distress, improve mood and cognition, and calm your nervous system. Treetop Haven also has massage therapists and yoga instructors on request. Treetop Haven also has a beautiful venue centre set in fifty acres of woods. The perfect place for wood-land weddings, family reunions, and out of the ordinary accommodations. Conveniently located in Mount Tryon; 15 minutes from the Confederation Bridge, and 10 minutes to Chelton Beach Provincial Park.
Looms, Lambs & Lobster – Learn the techniques for making a wool product with a wooden loom from internationally recognized knitter and weaver, Margaret McEachern. Visit the farm where the wool was produced and learn all about the sheep while enjoying some of their dairy products. Top off your day with a delectable lobster dish created by classically trained French chefs at The Yellow House.
Milk, Make, and Taste – Owner Flory Sanderson, will give you a hands-on learning experience like no udder! Start with feeding and watering the goats before participating in milking them by hand and machine. Then help release the freshly milked goats to pasture and assist with cleanup. From the barn, head over to the farm house for delicious snacks made with fresh local ingredients by our chef, Rae-Anne McCourt. While enjoying your snack with a fresh cup of tea and our very own goats milk ice cream, chat about the farms history, the goats and the farm industry in general. Get ready to make your own laundry detergent with goats milk soap. You’ll have the opportunity to get creative by choosing your own fragrance and packaging it in Island Hill Farm branding for home. Finish the tour off by spending time with the affectionate, friendly goats and other barn animals.
Stompin’ Tom Centre Homestead and Schoolhouse – The Stompin’ Tom Centre and Schoolhouse offers concerts, dinner theatres, open mic nights, song writing / performing workshops, and storytelling. This venue provides the visitors drawn by nostalgia and passion for Stompin’ Tom to the abundance of current and emerging island talent who will be showcasing their skills and abilities. This facility contains retail, food and entertainment all under one roof. Interact and share the life and Canadian journey of Stompin’ Tom Connors in the schoolhouse renovated to include digital interpretations.
Festival & Events
Atlantic Blue – Join Tara MacLean as she takes the audience on a journey into the past, telling the story of how music arrived and thrived on the east coast of Canada.
PEI Lobster Festival – 2018 PEI Lobster Festival is celebrating Prince Edward Island lobster, the fishery itself and everything surrounding it. We are so pleased to have put on this new and exciting festival in the beautiful seaside town of Souris located in scenic eastern PEI. Festival location is at the Souris Harbour & Lighthouse grounds overlooking Colville Bay.
Paddles Festival – With two days of paddling adventures, workshops, entertainment, and featuring delicious locally produced food, Waterways Paddling Festival will have something for all kinds of paddlers. For those looking for a challenge there will be a 17 km long paddle between the villages of Borden-Carleton and Victoria-by-the-Sea (for weekend registrants only). Take part in the sunrise paddle on Sunday morning or develop your skill in one of our paddling workshops. When you’re ready to take a break from the water, take in all that our Festival grounds have to offer.