Eight Ways to Get Your Lobster Fix Before the Season’s Over
The Greek Gods Ichthyocentaurs were a pair of sea gods with the upper body of a male human, the lower front of a horse and the tail of a fish—powerfully adorned with lobster-claw horns. This is how we feel about lobster in Prince Edward Island — it’s part of our DNA.
The fall lobster season on PEI takes place in the late summer months (August-September) and includes the regions from Victoria-by-the-Sea to North Cape. It’s hard to believe that soon we’ll be tying up the boats for another year.
But for now, while lobster catches are still plentiful, make sure you get your fill of PEI lobster while you still can. Here’s a few ways to enjoy PEI’s most famous export after Anne Shirley.
From the waters and wharfs of PEI, PEI lobsters are delivered straight to you. While the crustaceans are available in larger grocery stores, most Islanders have their favourite spots to pick them up. If you’re in Cavendish go to Basin View Seafood. If you’re in Stanley Bridge, go to Carr’s Lobster Pound and Wharfside Market. If you’re in Summerside, head to Arsenault’s Fish Mart. If you’re in Charlottetown, visit Lobster-on-the-Wharf Seafood Market. The boys there will cook them and crack them for literally a small chunk of change.
With all the Fixin’s
Since 1958, New Glasgow Lobster Suppers has been serving up their feasts, now into the third family generation. If you want the full lobster experience, bibs and all, head to New Glasgow, PEI. Here you’ll be served all the mussels, chowders and salads you can eat in addition to your main entrée. It truly is an unforgettable Island experience.
In a Roll
If you’re looking for a few bites of the succulent beast, but don’t have the time to crack your own, Dave’s Lobster offers the perfect lobster roll options for visitors. With two locations at Founder’s Hall and in Avonlea Village, Dave’s offers the perfect crunch for your afternoon bite.
Lobster Mac n’ Cheese
Been on Prince Edward Island for almost a week and want to expand your lobster palette? Try the Mac N Cheese. This deluxe dish is popping up on all kinds of Island menus, and has become a noteworthy contestant in the culinary world. The richness of the cream sauce with the texture and softness of the lobster makes it a match made in heaven. Thanks to The Red Door Oyster Co. for providing this beautiful combo!
Lobster Pad Thai
Let the inspiration continue with this beautifully delivered Lobster Pad Thai from Chef Emily Wells’ restaurant, The Mill in New Glasgow. With notes of garlic, ginger, cilantro and lemon juice, this savoury lobster dish will add the perfect amount of heat to your evening, whatever the PEI weather is.
Culinary Boot Camp
Not many people know that Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island is home to one of Canada’s best culinary arts schools! Holland College’s Culinary Institute of Canada is proud to offer a culinary boot camp called Seafood 101. Delivered by Master Class chefs, this is your chance to get inside a state-of-the-art kitchen and prepare Island Blue Mussels, lobster, oysters and clams. Next Seafood 101 class runs August 23rd, 2016. “I came. I cooked. I created!”
[picture: chef ilona. Photo credit Holland College]
On the Beach
Staying into September? Join us for this very special Fall Flavours — PEI’s very own culinary festival! This year the event “Lobster Party on the Beach” is being hosted by Chef Vikram Vij: celebrity chef, cookbook author, restaurant owner and TV personality. Sunday September 11th at Cedar Dunes Provincial Park, make your lobster on the beach dreams come true. Shuttles depart from the Holman Grand, make sure you pack your appetite.
Drink It In
Last but not least, don’t forget to try a lobster Caesar at Sou’West Bar & Grill in New London, a unique and exotic twist on the classic Caesar. It’s not on the menu, so don’t forget to ask!
For more instructions on how to cook lobster or for a few starter recipes, click here.