Well-known fisherman, Norman Peters, of North Rustico passed away in April. The “Bearded Skipper”, Peters was a fixture at the North Rustico harbour, where he fished lobster and ran tours in the off-season. Active in his community, he helped re-launch the Summerside Lobster Festival last year and was instrumental in the development of the fisheries museum in North Rustico.

The federal government announced a $5.4 million investment in PEI dairy producer, Amalgamated Dairy Limited (ADL). Jim Bradley, CEO of ADL, said that the funding allows the dairy producer to expand cheese production and storage as well as improve processing equipment and to seek new markets. “ADL is proudly owned by 165 family dairy farms and today’s announcement provides them the confidence to continue investing in their farm operations.”​

Congratulations go out to The Table Culinary Studio in New London who were recipients of the 2018 Travel and Hospitality Award for “Unique Experience of The Year”. The awards are given to outstanding tours and experiences from across the globe. The Table opens this month for their 2018 season.

A new diner, Route 2 Diner, opened in Hazelgrove and is serving up classic diner food for folks looking for home-cooked meals.

Farm & Food Care PEI (FFCPEI) held its first workshop in Charlottetown. Launched in November, FFCPEI is focused on connecting consumers to their food and the producers who bring it to their tables. The day-long workshop included guest speaker Crystal Mackay, president of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, who shared how farmers and producers can increase public trust in our food. A panel of local ‘agvocates’ was moderated by Patrick Ledwell and included Chef Ilona Daniel, Mike LaFortune of Dexter Cattle Co, Jamie MacPhail from ADL, and farmer Morgan Smallman of J & J Farms. The panel discussed the ways in which they engage in positive conversations about food and food production. The inaugural Food and Farming Champion award was presented to Jessica Reeves for her work with ‘Islanders for Farmers’ and with Brookhill Holsteins. Nancy Beth Guptill also gave the attendees multiple tips on how to speak to the public about farming and how to tell an agricultural story through social media to engage consumers.

Kudos to The Upper Room for providing lunches to students at St Jean Elementary School as part of a pilot project. They prepare four to six healthy lunches daily for students who may need a lunch.

Taco Boyz, a Charlottetown restaurant with two locations, has expanded into NB. The third corporate restaurant is slated to open in Fredericton. Taco Boyz is also branching out in other directions and are actively looking for interested entrepreneurs to invest in their own franchises across Atlantic Canada.

Congratulations to Fireworks at The Inn at Bay Fortune for being named one of Canada’s top 100 restaurants. The restaurant opens for their fourth season on May 18th.

The federal government announced a $5.4 million investment in PEI’s agriculture sector. The new agreement will focus on emerging priorities, such as environmental sustainability, diversity and public confidence in the sector, and regional collaboration while continuing to support markets and trade, science, research and innovation, risk management, and value-added agriculture and agri-food processing. It also includes a new focus on environmental sustainability, climate change and public trust.

Canada’s Food Island (that’s us PEI!), was given the 2018 Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience from the 2018 FoodTrekking Awards. The awards were introduced in 2015 and are spearheaded by the World Food Travel Association.

PEI 4-H Trust accepted a generous donation to the PEI 4-H Centennial Legacy Campaign from McDonald’s PEI, made by owners Mike McKenna and Dave McKenna. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H on PEI, to learn more or donate to the campaign please visit www.pei4h.ca.

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