1. The Food is Going to be Incredible
PEI Lobster. PEI Mussels. PEI Oysters. PEI Beef. PEI Potatoes. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re working with the freshest and best ingredients from Canada’s Food Island, but the Fall Flavours Festival’s bevy of chefs and food producers take things to the next level when it comes to their culinary creations.
Check out some of these fan favourites that put a unique spin on showcasing Island ingredients:
2. It’s a Week Longer This Year (More Days to Eat!!)
Yes, you read that right, this year the PEI Fall Flavours Festival is expanding to FIVE full weeks! It will run from August 30th to October 6th, with plenty of events and adventures taking place each week.
Le Festin acadien avec homard kicks off the Festival on August 30th
Farm Day in the City wraps up the Festival on Oct 6th
3. There’s a Whole Lot of Talent
You want talent? Look no further. The PEI Fall Flavours Festival is packed with talent, including Food Network celebrity chefs, the Island’s top chefs, dedicated farmers and fishers, accomplished entertainers and more. You’ll no doubt find yourself impressed by their knowledge, skills, and passion, not to mention the feast of food and music they serve up.
4. The Bounty of Canada’s Food Island is at its Peak
There’s no better time to taste all Prince Edward Island has to offer than at the peak of harvest season. New potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, fall lobster, just-harvested oysters and mussels – there’s no shortage of high-quality, delicious ingredients to enjoy during September and October in PEI. No matter what Fall Flavours events you attend, you can be sure everything you taste is freshly harvested from the land or sea.
5. Timeless Favourites + New Events = Best of Both Worlds
Whether you’re taking in the Festival for the first time or a returnee, you can look forward to a packed schedule of events to choose from. Plenty of popular favourites from past years will return alongside brand new events and some of last year’s rockstar rookies.
6. The Island’s Restaurateurs and Food Producers are Ready to WOW You
The Island’s rich culinary scene is in large part due to the passion and dedication of local chefs and restaurateurs that take inspiration from the local ingredients and family recipes, then push the boundaries of creativity. During the Fall Flavours Festival, several Island restaurants will feature fall-inspired menus created especially for the Festival. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the Island’s restaurant scene and support PEI’s bevy of talented chefs.
Beyond the Festival, you can also check out the large selection of Island foods available at farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and local food shops. Of course, the best place to do a full grocery shop is Sobeys where they take pride in showcasing a wide array of local products in all their stores. No matter where you go on the Island, you can count on finding plenty of locally-produced foods and beverages including fresh vegetables, artisan cheese, organic kombucha, meats, fermented foods, lobster, fresh seafood, craft beers, ciders, wines and more.
7. The Merriment & Music are High Octane
Fiddles. Funky blues. Party cover songs. There’s no better accompaniment to a great feast of food than laughter and music, and the Fall Flavours Festival offers these up in spades. Live music comes part and parcel with every Signature Event and Taste of Coastal Communities experience, and several events also feature other entertainment, such as storytelling, step dancing, and comical audience participation (you’ve been warned!).
8. PEI is Breathtaking in the Fall
The truth is that PEI is breathtakingly beautiful no matter what season you visit, but the last days of summer and first of autumn are amongst the most spectacular. With the changing of the seasons, the Island is drenched in shimmering shades of gold, green, red, and orange, all set against a backdrop of blue skies and ocean views. Be sure you take some time to explore the Island’s stunning coastal drives and red clay heritage roads, and you’ll soon understand why so many people have chosen to make PEI their home after first vacationing here.
9. There’s Something for Everyone
Family-friendly events. Adventures on land and water. Intimate feasts. Kitchen parties. Restaurant menus. No matter what your fancy, when it comes to an unforgettable food experience, the PEI Fall Flavours Festival has something for you.
Traveling with the kids?
Looking to get your hands dirty?
Try a Culinary Adventure
In search of a night of raucous fun?
Prefer a more intimate food-forward experience?
Check out the full schedule of events and you’re bound to find an event (or several) that suit your style and your budget.
10. Location. Location. Location.
A picturesque pier. A charming South Shore village. A North Shore beach and lighthouse. The PEI Fall Flavours Festival isn’t *just* about the food. Come for the Festival and you’ll have the chance to enjoy exceptional food in unique places and venues that speak to PEI’s rich traditions of fishing and farming.