Tasting the Experience


Embrace Island flavours with “Taste the Town” culinary adventure

As signs of summer pop up around every corner and warmer weather slowly approaches, Islanders and tourists break free from the confines of indoor spaces—ready to get out and experience the Island way of life.

And since Prince Edward Island is home for farmers, fishers, artisans, producers, chefs, and generations of families that have passed down their passion for local food, a collaborative effort was created to shake off our modesty, celebrate our culinary heritage and share it with our visitors.

As such, PEI Flavours, the umbrella brand connected to Buy Local/Buy PEI Program and Culinary Tourism, developed “PEI Flavours Culinary Trail to make it easy for Islanders and visitors to make the most out of our unique culinary attractions.

But with all the choices of what to do and where to go spread from shore to shore, it can be hard to decide exactly where to begin. As a starting point, let’s check out historic downtown Charlottetown where Experience PEI has created a culinary walking tour, called “Taste the Town.”

Rather than walking aimlessly through the city streets, tour-goers meet at 9:00 a.m. at Founders’ Hall, corner of Prince and Water Street, where the three-hour walking tour begins. For just $38.10 per person, plus GST, they’ll be treated to an insider’s take on the “best of” samplings of the Island’s unique food and beverages interspersed with great stories about PEI.

At the ever-popular MacKinnon’s Seafood Market, participants will learn about the wide variety of seafood available on PEI and sample their oysters. Here, there’s a good chance they’ll see fishermen dropping off the morning’s catch or a local picking up tonight’s supper.

Wandering next to Anne of Green Gables Chocolates shop, they’ll taste our very own chocolate dipped Island potato chips. These tasty treats are made from the freshest, natural ingredients available and with the best quality of chocolate.

Just up the street from there, they’ll visit COWS to try its award-winning ice cream. The only tricky part is deciding which hand-made flavour to sample.

Then at the Gahan House, they’ll be treated to the hand-crafted brew of the day. Each flavour is brewed in small batches on site and made without any additives or preservatives.

Now that they’ve worked up an appetite, just across the street at the Olde Dublin Pub they’ll be served some Island mussels—practically fresh off the boat.

And finally, the tour will wind up at the Prince Edward Distillery Spirit Shop to sample one of their original Island liquors and add an extra kick in everyone’s step. Here, they’ll learn how the fruits of our Island’s soil become award-winning spirits.

To book this tour, call 1-866-887-3238 or go to www.experiencepei.ca. There is a maximum 12 lucky folks per tour, which run Monday to Saturday from June 1st until October 30th.

Looking to release your inner chef, feel the red soil in your hands, take the water like a fisherman or purchase PEI products visit www.peiflavours.caom to find your next culinary adventure, “hands-on” authentic Island experiences where local food is the hero.