If you’re only impressed by the stunning scenery of PEI, then I think you should stay here for a few more days. The blue and endless sea is not the only reason that PEI is so attractive. The fertile soil and pure seawater allow this island to produce the best food.
When you are traveling in PEI, you will see miles of lush rolling farmland and coastlines dotted with harbours. So, it may not come as a surprise to discover that the food industry is the single most important contributor to the provincial economy. PEI is proud of its “clean and green” reputation world-wide and offers tourists a wonderful dining experience.
On an island where the primary industries are farming and fishing, fresh is the operative word when it comes to food experiences. Prince Edward Island is famous for its oysters, mussels, and even potatoes, and now visitors can enjoy “field to table” culinary touring with a range of hands-on food experiences. There’s a renewed appreciation for local ingredients of late, and that can only mean one thing: seafood, meat, and veggies that have taken the shortest possible route from source to plate. The “100-mile diet” becomes the 10-mile diet as the lobster on your plate may have been harvested on the fishing boat at the dock outside the window and the salad is made up of herbs and greens from the garden in the yard.
Compared with other countries, the lobsters in PEI are cheaper and of high quality. This one of the attractive points about PEI. Two lobster seasons on the Island operate from May to the end of June and from August to October. And you, of course, can buy fresh lobster any time. In the lobster season, you can buy lobster in any supermarket and you can also buy lobster at the wharf from some fishermen. A lobster dinner in restaurants around the wharf is also an excellent choice.
In addition, you should try the oysters, mussels, snow crabs, and other shellfish—they are all very famous local products. It is said that this smallest province produces 80 percent of the mussels in Canada.
Every summer, the PEI International Shellfish Festival is held here. It is a lively three days filled with music, mussels, and oysters plus the intensely exciting oyster-shell shucking competitions. And in late September, more than 75 events pack the PEI Fall Flavours Festival agenda. Culinary keeners—“foodies”—go from smoking and pickling workshops, oyster tonging, or potato picking to spectacular fine dining with top chefs cooking up nine-course extravaganzas.
The agriculture sector in PEI is flourishing. The fertile red soil of PEI makes the corps grow more robust, especially the famous PEI potatoes. More than 80,000 acres (33,000 hectares) of PEI farmland are devoted to growing potatoes, and the potatoes are selling all over the world.
PEI also boasts a potato museum, which exhibits the history and culture of potato farming in the province through stories, photographs, artifacts, and graphics. A large collection of antique machinery and gift shop with a potato theme rounds out the experience. If you plan to travel to PEI, try something besides lobster, such as potatoes and other farm products!
These are just few things on the long list of the Island food to discover, but more surprises await you to explore and discover. If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, why not give yourself a vacation, come to our lovely Island to breathe the air of freedom and enjoy the gift of nature. PEI is a wonderful place, good enough to awaken your passion for a better life!
Author: Boughton Island Ltd.
Chinese Editor: Peng Peng
English Editor: Ginny
Image resource: Tourism PEI