Author Archives : Shannon Courtney

Being Shellfish IS All It’s Cracked Up to Be!


Feast & Frolic kicks off the 2017 PEI International Shellfish Festival Bountiful. If only allowed one word to sum up the Feast & Frolic event on September 14th, 2017, this three syllable word would be the one. Other strong contenders would include: enticing, indulgent, grand, impressive, and spectacular. After all, how else could one describe an evening filled to the…

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This Spud’s for You! 


PEI Potatoes Showcased at Toe Taps and Taters 2017 My love for PEI potatoes is known far and wide. Or at least as far and wide as my mother. Every year when new potato season rolls around, she reminds me of the time when I was 15 and we went for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in Summerside. I asked…

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White or Red?


Prince Edward Island native Lesley Quinn to compete in Canadian National Sommelier Competition Somm. Short for sommelier. Short for wine steward. Short for best job ever. Definitely not a gig my high school guidance counsellor offered up as an option. So when I met Lesley Quinn, I had a lot of questions. Quinn’s the sommelier at Halifax’s Barrington Steakhouse and…

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Ten Years on, Still Strong


PEI’s Fall Flavours Festival marks a decade of culinary celebrations From Old Home Week to the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival to community lobster suppers, we Islanders have a long tradition of celebrating food and inviting visitors to join the party. And it’s in that tradition that the Fall Flavours Festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, was created. Today…

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Spuds in the Spotlight


Potato warehouse transforms into a unique venue for Fall Flavours event Potatoes. There’s no denying the tuber is one of PEI’s biggest claims to fame. And we certainly haven’t shied away from celebrating this edible Island icon with songs (cue Bud the Spud), cookbooks, and souvenirs. Hey, we even have an entire museum dedicated to the potato—it’s in O’Leary in…

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Counting Sheep


Pursuing ambitious land stewardship goals through pasture lambing “I am a grass farmer,” Adam MacLean tells me. We’re standing adjacent to an idyllic piece of green pasture in South Melville, tucked away off one of the Island’s many country roads. The field is full of ewes and lambs—282 four-legged ruminators to be precise—happily grazing the land. Pairs of lambs intermittently…

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Experience PEI


PEI Island food at the heart of experiential tourism business “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly without fear for richer and newer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt For many Islanders, the prospect of doing farm chores or tonging for oysters is likely to conjure up some choice thoughts…

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Fishing Industry Buoys Up the Arts


PEI Fishermen’s Association gets behind theatrical production, Glenda’s Kitchen, to raise awareness of the Island fishery Seafood chowder and butter biscuits. Storytelling and singing. Each of these quintessential Island pairings is a treat unto itself, but blend them together and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect afternoon filled with heart and hearty goodness. Glenda’s Kitchen, a production of The…

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Tasting Our Coastal Cuisine


Fall Flavours Festival highlights three communities with a new event series From shipbuilding to lobster fishing, seaweed harvesting and lighthouse-keeping, the waters that hug our gorgeous sandbar have profoundly shaped every aspect of Island life. And the coastal communities that were born from the first outposts of PEI’s Acadian and European settlers still remain integral to the Island way of…

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Outstanding in the Field


Potato fields. These swaths of lush, green carpet are an enduring part of the Island’s pastoral, patchwork landscape that visitors and Islanders typically enjoy passively, as sightseers driving by or flying above. On August 26th, however, a humble potato field in Victoria-by-the-Sea will be transformed into an intimate dining space for Atlantic Canada’s first-ever Outstanding in the Field (OITF) dinner…

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