Prince Edward Island fuels Innovation from Farm to Fork

Corporate events hosted in Prince Edward Island are treated to immersive gastronomic experiences handled by industry leaders at every step of the process.

Known as Canada’s Food Island, both farming and fishing are deeply engrained in the culture of Prince Edward Island, with many Islanders considered thought leaders in the agriculture and culinary industries, regularly innovating in the fields of food science, environmental sustainability and farm production.

“Our collaborative Island environment creates the perfect meeting destination,” says Bryan Inglis, CEO, PEI’s Food Island Partnership. “Our Food and Bioscience clusters create a strong centre of agritech and food science excellence, allowing us to be leaders in agricultural and food product innovation and research.”

 

The Wheelhouse in Georgetown

Generational Food Expertise

Terry Nabuurs is leading the way in the tourism, culinary and hospitality sector, while additionally belonging to a multi-generational farming family. “Food has been a major theme in my life. I guess I’ve only realized how truly engrained it has been as I’ve gotten older. Our grandparents on both sides of the family were farmers.”

Some of Terry’s fondest childhood memories are of hand-raking blueberries on his parent’s farm. In 2014, Terry purchased his own blueberry farm, and shortly after, opened a food truck with the goal of selling his crop as a value-added product. Nabuurs shares, “We started selling smoothies using my blueberries as well as the strawberries from my aunt and uncle at Nabuurs Gardens. We actively try to value-add and diversify by creating different fruit-based products for sale.”

At Terry’s Georgetown restaurant, The Wheelhouse, you can literally eat the fruit of his labours right off the menu. The menu is inspired by iconic PEI ingredients, focusing on fresh seafood like PEI lobster and halibut, and the best ingredients that the land produces such as potatoesdairy, beef, and superlative produce.

Local Dining at its Finest

Some credit must also be given to the island itself, which naturally provides the environment to cultivate these high-quality ingredients. The cool fresh waters of PEI’s bays and estuaries are ideal growing conditions for farmed blue mussels and oysters and the island’s rich red soil and clean air provides the perfect recipe for growing delicious potatoes.

When it comes to showcasing island products, the most authentic methods are also the simplest. As Terry describes it, “we harvest some of the best shellfish in the world here on the Island. Sometimes you just need to melt some butter, hit it with some acid, and let it sing.”

The Table Culinary Studio/ Rachel Peters Photography

Dining in Prince Edward Island, you can taste the close relationship between the island’s fishers, farmers, and restaurants. The Table Culinary Studio in New London, PEI see their suppliers, many of which are their literal neighbours, as a vital part of their local community. Led by award-winning Executive Chef Hunter Guindon, each week’s new seven-course menu is entirely inspired by the bounty of ingredients available for harvest in the area. Hyper-local and always innovative, an evening at The Table inspires connection to the land, to the ingredients, and most importantly to your colleagues around the dinner table.

Getting to PEI

Travelling to Prince Edward Island comes with a range of options. With direct flights from six major hubs across Canada (Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Kitchener-Waterloo), flying to PEI’s Charlottetown Airport (YYG) is easier than ever. New in 2023, Porter Airlines began offering year-round daily non-stop flights between Charlottetown and Ottawa. Find out more here.

 

 

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