Author Archives : Cheryl Young

REFLECTING ON FOOD CULTURE, FOOD STORIES


Inaugural conference highlights food industry issues while celebrating Island’s abundance of good food It was an unseasonably cold and damp two days in October when farmers, food entrepreneurs, celebrity chefs, culinary students, food producers, and foodies gathered to take in the first Forage Prince Edward Island Food Symposium. Held over two days, the symposium’s goal was to create “a gathering…

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CANNABIS EDIBLES STILL AN UNKNOWN MARKET


Despite legalization, edible products not available yet The legalization of recreational cannabis last month opens up opportunities in the food industry. The question now is how can Island entrepreneurs tap into potential business? On legalization day, Food Island Partnership (FIP) held a networking and information session, “Product Development Opportunities in Cannabis”. Well attended by interested farmers, food business owners, scientists,…

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The Pungent Smell of Success


Al Picketts’ Eureka Garlic is used across Canada Sit down with Al Picketts for a conversation about garlic, it doesn’t take long to discover that his wealth of knowledge about this flavourful vegetable is abundant, and he is more than happy to share it with those who are interested. A beekeeper for 30 years, Picketts started Eureka Garlic out of…

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EXCLUSIVELY EXQUISITE EVENT


New Fall Flavours evening at Red Shores delights diners Kelp. Not your traditional go-to ingredient for creating a meal, but Chef Antonio Park set out to change diners’ minds about this ancient seaweed at a new Fall Flavours event. Chef Park is known for his critically-acclaimed restaurant in Montreal, Park Restaurant, and he partnered with Chef Andrew Smith from Top…

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WHEELS OF FORTUNE


Jeff McCourt brings Glasgow Glen Farm back after disheartening fire in November 2017 It only takes a few moments of chatting with cheesemaker Jeff McCourt to sense his passion for both his Gouda cheese business and the local food movement that continues to gain momentum in PEI. Now in his fourth year of business in New Glasgow, the Glasgow Glen…

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PROMOTING PEI’S FOOD


Local food advocates prepare for September’s food festivals It sounds like a true recipe for success, take 12 Islanders from all walks of life, who are scattered across PEI, make sure that they have a deep love for PEI, and in particular, our local food, and set them loose on social media as ‘local food advocates’. A new initiative this…

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SMALL TOWNS, BIG GAINS


How Fall Flavours Festival boosts small town profiles in PEI Georgetown, population 555; Victoria, population 74; North Rustico, population 607; Alberton, population 1,100; Abram-Village, population 272: PEI is dotted with small towns and villages from tip to tip. Now just imagine the swell of activity and people that a typical Fall Flavours event brings to these picturesque yet minimally-populated spots.…

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FARMERS PARTICIPATING IN ORGANIC PLANT BREEDING


Using science to create better organic crops for farmers to grow Standing at the edge of a field of wheat, oats, and peas, Roger Henry, a research technician in soil and water at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, discussed the methods used to research organic plant hardiness, yield, and weed control at the Agriculture Canada research farm in Harrington, PEI. Organized…

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LOCAL CHEF PAIRS WITH ‘FROM-AWAYS’ for FALL FLAVOURS


Two exclusive events at Red Shores’ restaurant added to festival lineup September is a month full of expectation. From children heading to school, businesses ramping up for the last quarter of the year, to food lovers finding opportunities to explore new tastes or rub elbows with celebrity chefs from across Canada, the end of summer is always bittersweet yet exhilarating.…

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SHELLFISH TAKE CENTRE STAGE


International Shellfish Festival lineup announced for competition Lobster, oysters, mussels, clams, scallops, quahogs, crab, shrimp: the list of shellfish that our tiny Island willingly gives us from the sea is a delicious and extensive one. Many of those delectable choices will be available to sample at the PEI International Shellfish Festival. What started out in 1996 as a one-day event…

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