PEI International Shellfish Festival returns for its 25th anniversary

Publié août 17, 2021
Marking its 25th anniversary this year, the PEI International Shellfish Festival is pulling out all the stops to welcome back loyal fans and impress new festival-goers during its four-day event, which runs from September 16th to 19th. Chef Ned Bell, founder of Chefs for Oceans and Chef Ambassador for Ocean Wise, will host the weekend’s celebrations.
“After a pause in 2020 due to the pandemic, we are returning this September to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the PEI International Shellfish Festival,” said Liam Dolan, Festival Chair. “The festival has grown from a one day event on the waterfront to PEI’s largest culinary celebration and it is recognized internationally. There’s lots of excitement and anticipation for this year’s return.”
Canada’s biggest shellfish festival will also be bringing back popular competitions including the new Garland Canada Chef Showdown. This intense culinary competition will see 4 incredible chefs from across Canada compete live for a $10,000 prize. This year’s competitors are Chef Carmen Ingham of The Pointe Restaurant at the Wickaninnish Inn (BC), Chef Kyle Puddester of Fork (NL), Chef Phil Nguyen of Nuoc Mam and Open Concept Hospitality (ON), and Chef Samantha Medeiros of La Palma + Casa La Palma (ON).
Tickets for the PEI International Shellfish Festival are now on sale. Save 10% when you buy before August 31st. For more information and to purchase, please visit

Do you have the best shellfish in PEI?

2019 WINNER – Blue Mussel Café

Restaurants Canada will be presenting the Shellfish Excellence Award at the Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival.
The award recognizes a restaurateur in Prince Edward Island for its exceptional service and promotion of local seafood. The winner shows superior shellfish quality standards, offers a variety of local shellfish and promotes PEI shellfish to its community and customers.
Applications will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by Restaurants Canada. Applicants must be food service operator in Prince Edward Island, champions of local seafood promotion and initiatives and offer an extensive offering of local seafood on its menu.

What does the Winner get?

  • Featured article in the 2021 issue of  “MENU Magazine”, (Readership of 66,000). More information on MENU:
  • Feature Blog post on Restaurant Canada’s website
  • The winning restaurant will receive a $500 cheque and plaque presented by Restaurants Canada CEO at the PEI International Shellfish Festival Main Stage
  • Use of Award winning seal which they can brand on their menu’s and marketing collateral.
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