Zagat Crowns PEI

By / Magazine / February 17th, 2012 / 1

Finally, everyone around the globe will now learn what East Coasters have long known – that Prince Edward Island produces the world’s best food. Restaurant surveyor Zagat just crowned Prince Edward Island the second best foodie getaway in the world.

In addition to the diverse seafood fare that can be caught quite literally in a restaurant’s backyard, Prince Edward Island also boasts rich agricultural offerings – look no further than the princely-produced potato. Rich red soil, high in mineral content and long cold winters create perfect growing conditions for potatoes. “We are thrilled that Prince Edward Island joins the ranks of other amazing culinary capitals,” said Greg Donald, General Manager, Prince Edward Island Potato Board. “Having Zagat appreciate our island’s local fare is a huge honour.”

Okinawa, Japan took first place as Zagat’s best foodie getaway, while Louisville, Kentucky; Cornwall, England and Vieques, Puerto Rico round out the top five.

“Zagat’s recognition comes as no surprise to me. Prince Edward Island has the best of both land and sea,” said Chef Ted Grant, an instructor at Holland College’s world-renowned Culinary Institute of Canada. “Having such direct access to fresh ingredients such as lobsters, oysters, clams, and potatoes allows chefs to create not only the freshest meals, but also the best tasting.”

If you ever needed a reason to visit PEI, here it is. Pack your bags and set out on your own foodie adventure.

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