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Delicious P.E.I. summer tourism partnership launches tomorrow in Charlottetown

The Upskilling Food Festival and Conference will take place May 11-14. This is the third year that Upskilling will help people learn to produce local food from the soil through to the dinner table.
The Upskilling Food Festival and Conference will take place May 11-14. This is the third year that Upskilling will help people learn to produce local food from the soil through to the dinner table.

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – Five new food adventures are launching this week in P.E.I. aim to take a bite out of the summer travel market.

Tonight, the Culinary Adventure Co. and Experience P.E.I. will debut the initiatives, which include two food tours in downtown Charlottetown, a picnic of goods gathered at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market, a seafood feast aboard an authentic fishing vessel and a day adventure gathering ingredients from local farmers and ending with a meal at the Table Culinary Studio.

The Culinary Adventure Co., one of Canada’s largest culinary tourism operators, has been developing the P.E.I. partnership for about a year.

“Visitors to the Island are interested in hearing the stories behind their food, how it is made, who is making it and the history that brought them to this place in time,” said Bill Kendrick of Experience P.E.I.

The launch event takes place Tuesday from 8-9 p.m. at the Charlottetown Yacht Club aboard the MV Fundy Cruiser, provider of the new Fisherman’s Floating Feast experience.

Later in the evening, Culinary Adventure Co.’s Kevin Durkee will begin a one-day, six-city, six-province, five-time-zone coast-to-coast food tour to celebrate Canada’s 150the birthday.

Proclaimed “the longest food tour in world,” — with stops in Charlottetown, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver — the official start will take place at midnight aboard the MV Fundy Cruiser in Charlottetown Harbour with the making and eating of a late-night lobster poutine.

For more on the P.E.I. food adventures, visit culinaryadventureco.com, experiencepei.ca, or check them out on Twitter @culinaryadvco and @experiencepei.

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