For foodies that like to walk and walkers that like to eat, the Food Hike is your ticket to experiencing the best of both worlds on PEI. Work up an appetite as you explore one of three picturesque areas of the Island by foot. During your hike (approximately 10-13kms), you’ll have the chance to meet local chefs and sample dishes they’ve prepared with local ingredients. Quench your thirst with samples of craft beer and local drinks and enjoy live entertainment by talented musicians as you soak up the beauty of rural PEI. Don’t forget your camera!
Route: Cardigan Celebration Station (Former Cardigan Market and Train Station) to Montague Waterfront
Distance: 12.3 km
Price: $50.00 plus HST
Your hike includes:
8:30 am Breakfast and entertainment
9:00 am Hike starts
Midway point: Comfort station, snack, and entertainment
12:00 until approx. 1:00 pm Hike ends, lunch, and entertainmentTransportation back to hike start.
Enjoy a flat terrain hike, rated easy, along the old railway bed. Your hike starts at the Cardigan River at the former train station, crosses the Brudenell River, and follows the Montague River along the waterfront. This walk has stunning views of the three rivers with little bridges to cross and amazing vistas coming into the Montague Harbour.
You will start the day off right with breakfast at Celebration Station, the new name of the former Cardigan Market and train station. Parking is across the street. Your hearty breakfast includes a blueberry breakfast smoothie or pumpkin protein smoothie, grilled vegetable frittata made with COWS extra old cheddar or apple cinnamon breakfast quinoa (GF), wild blueberry muffins or a tea biscuit made with COWS applewood smoked cheddar. Morning beverages will include coffee, tea, and juice. All this while listening to PEI’s own Singing Strings.
Taylor Johnson will entertain you at your midway point while you enjoy Greek yogurt with blueberries and/ or granola, once again provided by Pauline Kelly from the Celebration Station. Is there a blueberry theme going on here? A comfort station will also be available.
Your hike ends with lunch provided by some of Montague’s and the area’s finest providers. Meet at the Station Café on the waterfront for all the goodies. Bogside Brewing will be our location if it rains. Louise from the Station Café will serve a quintessential Island dish of fishcakes with a tea biscuit and Caesar salad. The Lucky Bean Café will present you with a personal charcuterie plate (vegan or gluten free available upon request) as well as tea or coffee. Chef Nigel MacSwain from the new What’s Good Bistro is creating a pulled pork slider with a vegetarian option made from spaghetti squash with a garlic herb aioli lettuce and pickled red onion. The Home Plate will be serving up a Victorian Picnic- homemade bread roll, sausage roll, scotch egg, pork pie, coleslaw, pickles. The Flynn’s will also be shucking amazing Colville Bay Oysters. If you never had the bread pudding with brown butter sauce from Windows on the Water, this is your lucky day! Bogside Brewing will have samples of their craft beer for you and for a different taste, Double Hill Cidery will also offer samples of their refreshing ciders.
Barry O’Brien will provide the lunchtime entertainment.
Alas, this adventure will be over, and we will bus you back to Cardigan.
This Island Food Hike is a perfect combination of land, fields, and rivers, along with a few other fun elements that are deeply rooted in the culture of the area. We hope you’ll join us on September 26th, 2021.
What you need:
Closed-toe shoes, hiking boots, or sneakers.
Layers of clothing
This event has communal seating which means you will be seated other people at the event. If you have people you wish to sit with you should arrive early with the people you’d like to sit with. People sitting at the same table are not required to social distance. Masks are required when not eating or drinking.