Welcome to our award-winning Island! Between the sunshine of our national parks, the charm and quaintness of our towns and villages and the delicacies of our evening cuisine, Prince Edward Island turns dreams into reality. Check out our award-winning selection of products, places and people who have made waves on our stages this year, and post your own favourites in the comments below!
And the Awards go to…
Best Boutique Hotel
As a visitor, The Great George is uniquely situated to offer the best that downtown Charlottetown has to offer. Walk into its classic elegance to experience the winner of the Boutique Hotel Award, presented at the International Boutique hotel awards in London, England. Indulge in one-of-a-kind packages like the Great George’s “Savour! Our Signature Island Culinary”, or “Your Island Celebrate”. If you’re a honeymooner, check in with the hotel’s Wedding and Proposal Concierge.
PEI’s COWS Creamery joined the ranks of cheese greats at the Canadian Cheese Awards in Montreal this April with their Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, which was named “Cheese of the Year”. The clothbound cheddar has its roots in the Orkney islands, north of Scotland, and is aged for at least one year. All milk comes from local PEI farms. Stop into the Creamery at 397 Capital Drive, have some ice cream, take a tour, and watch the cheddar age before your very eyes.
Best of Sea
Chef Irwin MacKinnon has long been delighting PEI crowds at Papa Joe’s and beyond. This year, he is the winner of the 2016 Judges Choice’s Award for The Ultimate Seafood Fusion and is also Best of Sea’s 2016 Winner for Chef of the Year! Congratulations to Chef Irwin! To read more about Chef Irwin, visit Best of Sea.
Each April, Islanders take to the streets dashing madly in every direction in search for the Island’s best burger, a competition known fondly to us locals as Burger Love. Conversations of “Who’s your father?” and the latest spring weather are rapidly replaced with what becomes a fascinating deluge into the art of burger making, and the complimentary photos and tweets to match. This year, Islanders enjoyed a record-breaking 163,170 burgers across the island, equalling 71,821 lbs of Island beef. Congrats to Kyle Panton of The Brickhouse for his winning burger, The Brick-inator.
Three cheers for our very own Prince Edward Island Brewing Company that won four prestigious awards at the Canadian Brewing Awards in Vancouver this past May. From their humble roots at the Gahan Brewery in Charlottetown, PEI Brewing Company has matured into an ever- expanding player on the Canadian beer scene, earning more awards at the blindly judged competition than anyone other brewery in the country. Try one of these four winning favourites, or try them all: Vic Park Pale Ale (Session India Pale Ale); Setting Day Saison (Session Ale); Sir John A’s Honey Wheat (Wheat Beer North America Style); and Rogues Roost IPA (English Style India Pale Ale).
Congratulations to Rossignol Estate Winery for winning triple *Gold* at the All Canadian Wine Championships for their Raspberry Festival, Blackberry Mead, and Wild Blueberry wines! Set against the incredible shores of Little Sands, Prince Edward Island, Rossignol Winery is an ecological friendly vineyard that refrains from using pesticides. With a 45,000-bottle capacity, this winery produces many premium fruit and table wines.
For music lovers and foodies alike, the Trailside Music Café & Inn offers a one of a kind island experience! The intimacy of the atmosphere at the Trailside Music Café in Mount Stewart, PEI is second to none. Voted the Festival of Small Halls Venue of the Year by Music PEI, the Trailside offers a rich closeness to musicians while dining on a number of Island culinary favourites. Long time musician and entrepreneur Pat Deighan and his wife Meghann Deighan are the heart and soul of this establishment, and since taking over the Trailside in 2011, have transformed it into the dynamic musical venue it is today.
Best PEI French Fries
Although the jury is still out on this one, online reviews of style, freshness, and the bold Island potato all point to the winner being Caron Prins of The Chip Shack. The Queen of Fries is perfectly located downtown Charlottetown beside Founder’s Hall. The hand cut fries are popular with Islanders and visitors alike. So go down and enjoy! As Caron says in one of her videos, “We will be slinging the fries—all summer long.”
What are your Island favourites? Share them with us below!