2023 Carnival Sponsors
The Lobster Fishers of Prince Edward Island Marketing Board is the presenting sponsor of the Summerside Lobster Carnival. The board, made up of twelve elected lobster fishers from across PEI, promotes and markets Island lobster to the world. As the primary fishery in Prince Edward Island, the sustainable wild lobster fishery is valued at over four hundred million dollars. The fishery has 1280 independent fishers, and employs 8500 people.
A number of the board members will be on the front lines of the carnival, cracking open PEI lobsters, and sharing the stories of their industry and why it plays such an important role in Island culture and economy.
The City of Summerside assumed responsibility for Summerside’s primary festival in 2013. Service organizations had founded and operated the festival since 1956. However, as the service groups’ membership grew older and fewer in numbers they found it impossible to continue the presentation of the carnival. A request was made of the City to take over the planning and execution of the community event that is near and dear to the hearts of many.
The Summerside Lobster Carnival is now organized by Culture Summerside, the arts, heritage, and culture division of the municipal government with site assistance from the Departments of Municipal and Community Services.
The Government of PEI supports the Summerside Lobster Carnival through funding from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Department of Tourism through their Festival and Event Funding Program.
Based in Summerside, the Journal Pioneer is western P.E.I.’s premier news outlet. With roots in Prince County dating back to 1865, it is one of the oldest news agencies in the country. Now owned by SaltWire Network, the paper has been published daily since 1951. When the pandemic began, the paper switched to publishing once a week. It covers both local and global affairs in print and online. The Journal Pioneer is an integral part of Island community.
Callbecks Home Hardware & Home Furniture and Appliances Store is a locally family owned and operated business with over 120 years of serving community. The 20,000 square foot Home Hardware Building Centre Superstore has everything needed for that construction project. The adjacent Summerside Home Furniture Store offers the latest in home furnishing styles. Callbecks Home Hardware & Summerside Home Furniture and Appliances Store believes in the Island community.
Summerside Chrysler Dodge is a family owned and operated business since 1937. We’re committed to providing the highest level of service and product satisfaction to our customers while offering a large inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles. We are largely community driven and enjoy supporting local organizations and charities. We’re proud to be a sponsor for this years Summerside Lobster Festival!
Summerside Seafood Supreme Incorporated is an operating subsidiary company of Sogelco International Incorporated, Montreal QC. The plant operates with a 40,000 sq.ft. CFIA-approved factory located at Queens Wharf in downtown Summerside. The business mandate of Summerside Seafood Supreme Inc., is the production of finished food service and mass retail seafood products under the “Sogel” brand name.
The product lines include traditional processed lobster products and a range of innovative specialty seafood products. These include a range of pasteurized and chilled and frozen seafood ready-meal products, for example, Mussels in Garlic Butter, Paella and Cioppino. Also, Clams Marinière and Mussels Arrabiata and Mussels Thai Curry are produced at the plant. These seafood ready-meal products are directed to mass retail distribution in North America and beyond. In addition, a range of food service products are manufactured derived from lobster and crab by-products. These include Lobsterine and Crabterine and Lobsterine “70” and Crabterine “70” product lines. In addition, the plant manufactures lobster oil products and lobster and crab bisque under the Chef Forté brand. The Summerside plant employs >85 persons and operates on a year-round basis rotating its product lines with the seasonal supply chains and the needs of its customer base.
Red Shores Summerside Raceway is a vital partner and sponsor of the Summerside Lobster Carnival. Harness racing has long held an important place in the culture of Prince Edward Island. It currently supports seven hundred and fifty jobs, and generates sales for Island businesses of over 81.6 million dollars.
Red Shores at Summerside houses a casino and the West End Bar and Grill.
Thank you to our Sponsors and Community Partners!
ADL- Prince Edward Island has a strong farming history and is perfectly suited for dairy operations. The rich red soil, ocean breezes, and lush green pastures provide ADL producers ideal conditions for high-quality milk production. For over 65 years, ADL has processed fresh milk from PEI farms to produce premium dairy products including milk, cheese, cream, butter and ice cream.
Ian and Doug Simmons of Kool Breeze Farms were proud to sponsor the second place prize of $1000.00. Kool Breeze Farms is a family owned local business providing Islanders and seasonal visitors with quality products and services through their garden centre, ice cream barn, and Damama’s Kitchen Food Truck. The year round garden centre offers a wide variety of items for indoor and outdoor gardening, and landscaping. Whether it is trees, flowers, stones or seasonal décor, Kool Breeze has it in s
StandardAero (formerly Vector Aerospace) has been part of the Summerside business community for over thirty years. The Summerside division currently employs four hundred and ninety-five Islanders in the aerospace industry. But, StandardAero offers more than rewarding and challenging employment opportunities to Islanders. It has a strong belief in supporting local. In the words of Vice President & General Manager Jeff Poirier “StandardAero is big on community support and supports many organi
Cavendish Farms is the 4th largest processor of frozen potato products in North America. Our plants are located in North America’s prime potato growing regions including two plants in New Annan, Prince Edward Island. For over 40 years, Cavendish Farms has been committed to the environment and the communities where we live and work. We: Supported more than 55 community initiatives in Prince Edward Island in 2022. Partner with over 80 PEI farmers to deliver great tasting frozen potato produ
Norm Gallant of Furniture Gallery Brand Source Store, is a lover of rolls and biscuits, so it was not a difficult task to sell the Summerside businessman on sponsoring the 2023 Summerside Lobster Carnival Roll and Biscuit competition. Islanders love a good roll or biscuit with their lobster so it was a given back in 2017 to add a roll and biscuit competition to the carnival culinary offerings. Organizers quickly discovered they had to expand the competition categories, which now includes roll, t