A Celebration of Food ~ Fall Flavours Festival

Every September, Prince Edward Island puts on a month long Fall Flavours Festival showcasing a variety of acclaimed guest chefs hosting a wide range of unique culinary experiences. Over the years Chef Mark McEwan and his team have taken part in the Beef Festival, the Shellfish festival, Applelicious and much more. This year Mark McEwan took part in a lively Lamb Luau culinary party and a Great Big BBQ feast.

The first event took place on Sunday, September 20th at Rodd Crowbush Golf & Beach Resort. Guests enjoyed an afternoon of flavours and fun with Chef Mark McEwan, local chef Peter Angus and chefs & students from the Culinary Institute of Canada. The menu featured locally grown lamb prepared in a variety of dishes.

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The upbeat sounds of The Count and the Cuban Cocktail, a local PEI band that had everyone dancing!

The second event took place on Saturday, October 3rd at Delta Prince Edward. Chef Mark McEwan and Corporate Executive Chef Andrew Ellerby wowed guests with local PEI favourites from potatoes and aged beef, to fresh mussels, clams, oysters and lobsters. The barbecue feast was completed with PEI’s finest craft beers and wines.

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Take a peek at the gallery for a closer look at the Lamb Luau party and the Great Big BBQ feast.

[Photos courtesy of Fall Flavours Festival]

Chef on Board at PEI Fall Flavours

Every September Prince Edward Island puts on a month long festival showcasing all of the wonderful products that the island has to offer. Over the years Chef Mark McEwan and team have taken part in the Beef Festival, the Shellfish festival, Applelicious and much more. This year however the team took to the “high seas” and hosted a dinner for 350 lucky guests on the car deck of a massive ferry, the Confederation.

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Upon arrival on the island, Mark, Executive Chef Andrew Ellerby and Assistant Jordie McTavish were treated to an amazing dinner at Terre Rouge (if you are ever in Charlottetown, do not miss this spot) and the next day the fun began.

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They were given the opportunity to speak with students of the Holland College culinary program and then headed out to the boat (which was like nothing they had ever seen before). The first comment out of Chef Andrew’s mouth was “Feeding 350 on a ferry eh? Check that of the bucket list!”

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The evening was filled with great music, great food a dose of healthy competition, wine from Stoneleigh Vineyards and a little bit of dancing. It was a huge success and could not have been pulled off it weren’t for the culinary students and their ability to cook and plate food for the masses!

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An early evening flight on Sunday meant that the team had their first opportunity to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the final day of the festival. Farm Day on Queen Street gave them the opportunity to meet local purveyors of fantastic products, from cheeses, to beers, to smoked salmon. In the afternoon they headed to a beef farm half an hour out of the city and met with the Drake family of Steerman’s Meats for a tour of their 125 year old farm.

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The weekend was a fantastic mix of everything that PEI has to offer. We highly recommend heading to the Fall Flavours Festival next September and we will see you there!