Province/Territory: Prince Edward Island

Enjoy a shellfish feast while taking in some authentic East Coast entertainment

  • 04 days of eating, drinking, dancing and singing
  • 500 guests at the annual Island Kitchen Party ‘Feast and Frolic’ party
  • 10 varieties of oyster sampled

Mussels, lobster and clams; set sail with a local fisherman and catch them in the morning. Fresh off the boat and into the kitchen to learn three ways to cook them at lunch. Feast on Malpeque oysters at night; slip the salty bivalves over your tongue, chew then let them slither down your throat. Lick your lips. Another half-dozen? Yes please!

Dance the night away under a starry sky to the infectious rhythms of an Acadian fiddle.

Why you should visit
  • Clams or quahogs? Rock crab or snow crab? Try them all and make up your mind, but leave room so you can help judge the chowder chowdown; all entries are made with local seafood, potatoes and all-Canadian cream and butter. Taste Canada in a cup in Charlottetown.
  • Admire the crimson red and canary yellow leaves of an island autumn. Make music with your toes as you walk on the quartz sand of the “singing beach".
  • Compete against world-class, award-winning oyster shuckers at the Raspberry Point International Oyster Shucking contest; just you, twelve plump oysters and your trusty shucking knife.

Weather

Fall has ideal temperatures for road trips to watch the leaves change colour across the province. A light jacket is all you need to enjoy the temperatures that range from 12- 18°C. Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.

Visitor information
  • Your ticket to the festival includes admission to all entertainment and the competition tents.
  • On-site food & beverage can be purchased with pre-paid tokens.
  • Stock up on local PEI prime beef rib as well as local seafood at the festival food pavilion.
When to go

The festival takes place in September across three days. Check the website for details of dates. It's the perfect time to dodge the summer crowds and mingle with seafood-loving locals.

Need to know
  • The tent is wheelchair-accessible.
  • Children 12 years and under are free. Venue is licensed (19 years+) after 8pm.
  • Tipping is usually expected if you're happy with the service that you've received. You don't have to tip in shops for counter service but restaurants, taxis and hotels all appreciate a tip.
Getting Here
  • Arrive by air to Charlottetown with direct routes from Halifax, Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto in Canada and seasonally from Boston, Detroit and New York in the United States of America.
  • Drive over the Confederation Bridge, a 13 km engineering marvel, which connects Prince Edward Island with its sister Maritimes province, New Brunswick.
  • Enjoy the sea breeze on your skin and take the ferry service from Nova Scotia, a 75-minute mini-cruise between provinces.