If there’s one thing we love to boast about as Islanders, it’s the local flavours, foods, and produce you can find and dine on!
With agriculture and fishing as some of our primary industries, PEI has tonnes of delicious foods grown from the earth, raised on the farm, and harvested from the sea for you to enjoy!
Up West Kitchen Fest – A PEI Fall Flavours Food and Drink Festival Marquee Event
This October, get ready for a party you’ll never forget! The inaugural Up West Kitchen Fest is sure deliver the eats, the treats, the fun, and music of a traditional Island Kitchen Party!
Featuring local chefs, farmers, producers, growers, and brewers, this event will bring PEI to your plate. Your menu for the evening features dishes inspired by the Canada’s Food Island Cookbook made by Summerside restos, delicious ice cream by Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour and a curated cocktail by Stellar Sommelier Lesley Quinn! With sponsorship provided by Dairy Farmers of PEI, you can guarantee there will be some seriously delicious dairy products for you to enjoy from creamy sauces to things covered in butter we’re excited to pair things with dairy!
We also can’t fail to mention the Island’s BIGGEST charcuterie board created by Evermoore Brewing Co.! Featuring local meats, cheeses, and spreads! And don’t forget the raw oyster bar by Cascumpec Bay Oyster Co. and Maritime Madness Hot Sauce bar!
We know you’re going to work up a thirst while you’re partying the night away, so we’ve teamed up with local breweries and cideries to supply some refreshing sips!
- Clam Chowder – Iron & Salt @ The Loyalist Country Inn
- Steamed Mussels with Tarragon & Tomato – Brothers 2
- The Island’s Biggest Charcuterie Board – Evermoore Brewing Co
- Grilled Striploin with Buttery Roasted Mushrooms & Chimichurri – FiveElevenWest
- Potato Pizza – Dinos Pizza
- Raw Oyster Bar with Maritime Madness Hot Sauce Bar – Cascumpec Bay Oysters
- Holman’s Ice Cream Cart
- Stellar Somme – Specialty Cocktail Station
- Evermoore Brewing Co.
- Lone Oak Brewing Co.
- Double Hill Cidery
- Red Island Cider
- PEI Brewing Co.
- Copper Bottom Brewing
Throughout the evening your toes will be tapping and the tunes will be playing thanks to Internationally renowned fiddler Richard Wood and our local John Mayer – Logan Richard!
As one of the Island’s most fiery fiddlers, Richard Wood will headline the night with some incredible tales and tunes from the stage! Bringing the true kitchen party feel to signature event with you and 499 of your closest friends!
During the second half of the evening, Logan Richard will take the stage with his band to bring some smooth bluesy grooves! As one of the best up-and-coming artists in Canada, you won’t want to miss hearing Logan and the gang!
FUN & GAMES:
We can’t forget to mention the friendly competition you’re surely to have with all the games we’ve got on hand for you to enjoy including: crokinole, cribbage, cornhole, and washer toss!
Find Your Flavours at Local Farm Markets
In the city, we have three farm markets dressed with awesome local goods for you to enjoy!
Compton’s Farm Market & Berry Patch:
In business since 1957, Compton’s offers up local fruits and vegetables, take-out meals, produce subscription boxes, dip mixes, and delectable baked goods including scones and donuts! Pro-tip: In the peak of summer, make sure you add them to your berry picking bucket list!
Summerside Farmers Market
From local produce to meats, baked goods to honey, the Summerside Farmer’s Market has it all! Operating Saturdays in Downtown Summerside, this collective of Island growers and creators offers new and unique finds every week!
Kool Breeze Farms
Operating as both a farm market and garden centre, Kool Breeze Farms features local foods for you to enjoy before you head over to their ice cream barn for some local frozen treats! In the fall you can walk through the pumpkin patch picking your favourite gourds, pumpkins, and squashes!
From the Sea
Being The City By The Sea, fresh seafood is a must! Whether you’re taking it home to cook up a storm or you’re dining in the city, it’s the food made to savour while you’re here!
Cooking at Home
You can find local, freshly caught seafood at JMK Fishmart in Downtown Summerside! You can find fresh fish, shellfish, and mussels and oysters all for your delight!
Where to Dine
If cooking isn’t your forte, there are several restaurants for you to enjoy fresh seafood in Summerside! From freshly shucked oysters while beachside at The Knot, to a creamy chowder at Fiveelevenwest, a delicious salmon at Evermoore Brewing Co., to a buttery lobster roll at Deckhouse Pub. Don’t worry, here’s a full list of where you can find some great seafood!
- Evermoore Brewing Co.
- The Sunset Room
- Deckhouse Pub
- The Knot Beach Bar
- Breakwater Bar and Grill
- Jolly Rogers Seafood
- Jolly Rogers Grill