FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2015 – Summerside, PE
“Celebrity Chef all about LOBSTER and coming to Summerside Festival this year “
After a successful first year being rebranded as the Summerside Lobster Festival, the event is further expanding the culinary component of the week long festivities. The organizers are bringing in a surprise Celebrity Chef to do demonstrations, appearances and much more. Chef Matt Dean Pettit, is the author of the best-selling “The Great Lobster Cookbook”, the owner of three Rock Lobster Restaurants and on Food Network with Super Snack Brothers and he will be at the Lobster Festival from July 23-25.
“The addition of Chef Matt Dean Pettit to the event will be a huge draw and will help raise the profile for PEI lobster and the Festival” said Don Quarles, Executive Director of the Summerside Lobster Festival. “Matt loves everything about lobster and is looking forward to sharing his experience with us here on the island”.
“We are very optimistic the Festival’s increased culinary component and focus on lobster will draw more off-Island visitation,” said Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Heath MacDonald. “The Island’s delicious lobster is an incredibly important part of Canada’s Food Island, and a major export product. By further showcasing our lobster with the addition of a celebrity chef, and additional culinary events, we expose an even greater number of people to one of the Island’s most delicious foods.”
Chef Matt will be doing demonstrations, talking about all things PEI lobster, doing signings of the Great Lobster Cookbook July 23-25 at Green’s Shore in the Confederation Bridge Main Tent. The Chef will be making a special appearance at Chrome and Crustaceans event on July 24th, which features comedian Jimmy Flynn. The Chef’s best-selling Lobster cookbook is available at City Hall in Summerside and at Credit Union Place and will be available for purchase at all of his events including cookbook signings at the Sobeys and Foodland stores in Summerside. Details of his appearances will be made available online.
“It is with great pleasure that the City of Summerside welcomes Chef Matt Dean Pettit as part of the Summerside Lobster Festival’s culinary events. We welcome his cooking demos, involvement in the Great Canadian Chowder contest and getting signed copies of his “Great Lobster Cookbook”. Chef Matt’s presence will raise the calibre and interest in PEI’s premier Lobster event. Thanks to all our supporting sponsors for helping to bring Chef Pettit to our City.” Said City of Summerside Mayor Bill Martin
“Hey Prince Edward Island! I’m excited to be part of Summerside festival’s new culinary component to explore all things PEI Lobster! As we know, all things are better with a little island love. See you all soon!” Chef Matt Dean Pettit
Click here for his YouTube greeting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVdC6hn0wJo&feature=youtu.be
The Chef’s appearance is made possible by financial contributions from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the City of Summerside, the Sobeys and Foodland stores in Summerside and the Summerside Lobster Festival and will be integrated into the Festival line-up including Mi’kmaq Cultural Day and DiverseCity Festival in Summerside.
Summerside Lobster Festival – July 20 -25. Small City, BIG Festival
presented by Curran & Briggs Limited
Steeped in tradition, the festival celebrates community, its culture and history with our world famous lobster. This family fun festival offers a week of activities and entertainment including the Tri-Lobster Triathlon, a parade, the Kids Summer Fun Zone including LEGO Lobster Building, Sandcastle building, Geocaching, Beach Volleyball Tournament, Cardboard Boat races, Lobster Trap Challenge, the Lobsterbowl Step-dancing competition, Youth Talent contest and much more! July 20-25.
The Summerside Lobster Festival is presented by Curran & Briggs Limited and is supported by the City of Summerside, the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Community Partner, Red Shores at Summerside, Revolution Media and corporate partners LEGO Canada, LOBSTER.ca, Consolidated Credit Union, ReGeneration, Vector Aerospace, Key Murray Law, Upstreet Craft Brewing, Eastlink, Summerside Golf Club, Confederation Bridge, Master Packaging, Anson’s Restaurant, Sobeys in Summerside, Foodland in Summerside, Starbucks, PEIFA, Spinnakers Landing, SOCAN Foundation, MBS Radio / SPUD FM, La Centre Belle Alliance, Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, the PEI Newcomers Association of Canada, The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada, Explore Summerside, Downtown Summerside, SummeRide, Tri-Lobster, GoLobster, Culture Summerside, Redrocks Pottery, Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce, Generation XX, Journal Pioneer, PEI Association of Exhibitions, PEI Mutual, Shediac Lobster Festival, PEI Potato Board, Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club, Benevolent Irish Society, Scottish Settlers, Heritage Society Inc., The Summerside Boys and Girls Club, Small Halls, Music PEI, Music Nova Scotia, Pepsi, Triathlon PEI, Merrell, Louis Garneau, East Coast Amusements, Rock Lobster Restaurants, Penguin Random House Canada, ADL, Points East Audio, Centennial Collision Carstar, Rotary Club of Summerside, Starbucks, Tourism PEI and the many Friends of the Festival!
For information on tickets to these culinary events at the Lobster Festival, go to www.summersidelobsterfest.com or call 902-423-1279