There's More to PEI Than Potatoes!
If your tastes run towards more savory delights, you’ll love COWS’ cheddar cheese . There are two main varieties available. COWS creamery extra old cheddar, easily identifiable by the cheerful COWS mascot on the sticker, is a can't-put-it-down, high quality cheese for everyday use. It’s delicious on nachos, sandwiches, and – of course- melted into mashed potatoes. Slightly more expensive (but with every penny) is their Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar. This multiple award winning aged cheddar is slightly crumbly, very rich, and is best accompanied by wine and other savory nibbles.
If you favor Gouda over cheddar, the Cheese Lady of Winslow, PEI, will offer you a friendly and informative visit and a wide range of delicious homemade Gouda. (They offer vacuum sealed packs for easy transportation)
One Anne themed food product to avoid? The numerous versions of “Anne’s caramel sweeties”, simple chocolate covered caramels sold at double their normal price. They’re just basic chocolates and your souvenir money would be better spent elsewhere.
The Church Supper
Maritime church suppers could very well be the best culinary experiences (and best deals) I've ever found. To find one, ask the staff of your Bed & Breakfast and check the bulletin boards in grocery stores and corner shops, as well as community newspapers. Arrive early to ensure the best selection of pie! Prices usually range from $12-$25 a person and servings are generous.
Some stands will also sell homemade baked goods, jams, preserves, and pickles, all of which I can highly recommend. PEI biscuits and cinnamon rolls are not to be missed! Jams and jellies are wonderful affordable souvenirs – if they can survive your appetite on the way home!
Potatoes with Punch
If you want all sweet and nothing but sweet, seek out potato chocolate cake. I don’t honestly taste a difference between regular chocolate cake versus those made with mashed potato but it's always delicious and it’s a fun way to get your veggies (Right? I’m sure this counts as a serving of vegetables!)
If you can’t wait to go to PEI, you can experience potato chocolate cake anywhere in the world by following this recipe from The Tolerant Vegan.
Prince Edward Island's reputation as one of the friendliest and most beautiful islands in the world is well deserved and their delicious, homecooked delicacies are just another delectable reason to visit its red shores.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments. Have you been to Prince Edward Island before? What was your favourite food experience?
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