Amuse Bouche

Highlights of what’s happening in PEI’s food scene this month

Tyne Valley Oyster Festival

Aug 2-6, Tyne Valley

Established in 1964, the Festival has become famous for record-breaking action at the Canadian Oyster Shucking Championship (Aug 4), and unlimited oysters for all ticket holders. To plan your oyster trip up west, go to

Friday Night out at Roma

Aug 4, Montague

Enjoy a buffet prepared by Chef Robert Pendergast featuring roasted loin of pork with spiced apple butter, roasted vegetables and a delectable desserts, then take in the music of the Chaisson Trio. For ticket prices, see

Old Home Week

Aug 10-19, Charlottetown

Billed as PEI’s Family Fun Fair, Old Home Week is an annual celebration of the Island’s agricultural roots. Livestock shows, competitions, cooking demonstrations, the Gold Cup & Saucer Parade (Aug 18) and harness racing at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino are just a few highlights of this beloved exhibition. For more information go to

Kensington Harvest Festival

Aug 18-23, Kensington

Celebrate the bountiful harvest during Kensington’s 50th annual harvest festival. Food highlights include a free PEI oyster and mussel tasting, a pancake breakfast, and the Women’s Institute food and vegetable exhibit. For full details, go to

PEI Provincial Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair

Aug 25-27, Dundas

Another Island harvest celebration! With a tagline like Feed Your Country Soul, the PEI Provincial Plowing Match and Agricultural Fair reflects the traditions of rural PEI—both past and present. Advance tickets go on sale Aug 7. For details, got to

Outstanding in the Field

Aug 26, Victoria-by-the-Sea

Outstanding in the Field events, now hosted worldwide, are memorable for so many reasons, not the least of which are the creative local cuisine and remarkable settings. Both come to play on PEI on Saturday, Aug 26 on a sloping potato field overlooking the Northumberland Strait, where chef Emily Wells will prepare a divine meal sourcing from the land and sea.

To learn more about this event and order seats visit

Fall Flavours Festival

Sept 1 – Oct 1, Island-wide

Tickets are now on sale for the month-long, Island-wide culinary festival. This year’s festival features returning Food Network favourites Chuck Hughes, Lynn Crawford, Mark McEwan, Vikram Vij, Corbin Tomaszeski, and PEI’s own Michael Smith, as well as new celebrity chefs David Rocco and Danny Smiles. For more information and to order your tickets visit

PEI International Shellfish Festival

Sept 14 – 17, Charlottetown

Congratulations to Best of Sea’s 2017 Chic Chef of the Year, Javier Alarco, of Water’s Edge Resto|Bar|Grill. Alarco will represent PEI in the All-Canadian Garland Canada International Chef Challenge taking place at the PEI International Shellfish Festival. Other festival activities include the PEI Potato Chowder Competition, the Tie One on PEI Mussel Competition, an attempt at creating the “World’s Longest Lobster Roll”, and culinary demonstrations by the Festival’s host, celebrity chef Lynn Crawford. For further details visit

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