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: Cavendish Visitor Information Centre to North Rustico Harbour
Distance: 10.1 km
Price: $55.00 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 entertainment
Transportation back to hike start.
Parking at Visitor Information Centre in Cavendish. This hike rated easy to moderate follows along the paved hiking trail of the PEI National Park and crosses Mackenzie’s Brook. Notice the red cliff formations along the way. Your hike finishes along the beach all the way to the Rustico lighthouse. You can even walk on the floor of the shore if you wish!
The day begins with breakfast served at the Cavendish Visitor information Centre. Chez Yvonne will present breakfast burritos in either a chicken sausage or vegetarian option. Seaside Café will provide blueberry scones, yogurt with granola and fruit, as well as coffee and tea. You will also receive a small parting gift of preserves from the PEI Preserve company to take with you. Singing Strings will start your day.
The midway break will be under a canopy at Cape Turner in the PEI National Park. It will consist of a wonderful, prepackaged fruit and nut square from Jane and Sue’s Chocolates and fuel from Riverdale Orchard Cidery. These wonderful folks will have their aptly named 2 Scots on the Trail Cider for small tasting along with Scottish Highlander Biscuits, a melt-in-your-mouth shortbread. Entertainment provided by the wonderful Alicia Toner and Greg Gale.
The final lunch will be in a tent at North Rustico Harbour. Local offerings include oysters from Raspberry Point Oyster Company. Glasgow Glen Farm has a Seasonal Grilled Cheese with local apple butter. A wild Mushrooms soup, Island Cream, Smoked bacon, Fresh Thyme and Chive Oil topped with a Caramelized Onion and “Cheese Lady’s Gouda” Crostini will be served by chef Allan Williams and Discover Culinary. Chef Hans Sell and Chef Andrew Nicholson of the Thirsty Chef and Thirsty at the Lounge will serve up their Boojie Sliders. 2oz pure beef patty, fresh mozzarella, fire roasted tomatoes, thick cut bacon, apple cider slaw and their signature Thirsty Chef Slopp Sauce with a small handful of frites. Rounding it all off, Chef Jamie from the Blue Mussel Café will present a sesame tuna mini poke bowl with sticky rice, sliced avocado, pickled shitake, pickled shallots, cucumber, and scallion slaw.
These will be topped off by Island Honey Wine and Lone Oak Brewing offering samples of their products.
And if your feet still want to move, the incomparable Mike Ross will provide your final entertainment.
Alas, this adventure will be over, and we will bus you back to Cavendish.
This Island Food Hike is a perfect combination of cliffs, beaches, walking on the ocean floor, sea birds and breathtaking views. We hope you’ll join us on October 9th, 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.
Starting on October 5, Islanders and visitors over the age of 12 will require a PEI Vax Pass to eat at restaurants and to attend most indoor and outdoor gatherings. The PEI Vax Pass will serve as confirmation that a person is fully vaccinated.
As this event takes place on October 9, all guests must be double vaccinated to attend. Please be ready to present your PEI Pass that ends with the letter “B”, which indicates a person has two doses and therefore is fully vaccinated. You will also need to present a government-issued photo ID as well to confirm it’s your PEI Pass.