Signature Events

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July 12th and 13th, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lobster Demonstration and Food Tent, Lobster Carnival grounds, Credit Union Place

The supper is a steal-of-a-deal at $25.00 - taxes included. 
For those who don’t eat lobster, a cold cut plate is offered at $20.00 -taxes included. Island craft beer offered at an additional cost.

Find out for yourself why PEI lays claim to the best tasting lobster in the world. Plan to attend one or both of the lobster suppers that feature Island lobster harvested through a wild substantial industry.


The suppers have the atmosphere of an Island family party with all the fixings. Volunteers will serve up a plate filled with potato salad, coleslaw, tomato, cucumber, a fresh roll and melted butter made by the Island Dairy ADL.  Then an Island fisher will crack open a cooked-to-perfection one pound PEI lobster and place it on your plate, while answering any questions you have about the industry. Round out the traditional island meal large with a large, scrumptious Water Street Bakery cookie and a strong cup of tea. Acadian music will be played throughout by Louise and Helene.  


Lobster and lobster rolls will be available in the tent up until the time of the lobster suppers.

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Thursday, July 11th at 6:30 pm

Courtyard of Entertainment Tent, Lobster Carnival grounds, Credit Union Place

Proudly Sponsored by:

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PEI Lobster Fishers or crew members individually compete in this marathon sport for fastest time moving a stack of ten (10) working lobster traps (averaging one hundred (100) pounds, cement in) a distance of thirty feet and restacking the pile.

Participants are judged on time and the neatness of the stacked pile. First place winner takes home $1000.00, second place, $300.00, third place, $200.00. Bleacher seating.


The bigger the crowd, the higher the energy, the faster the time!


Lobster Traps supplied by Lobster Fisher Ronnie Bigelow.

“Let Me Count the Ways” Lobster Chowder Demonstration

Photo courtesy of ADL

Friday, July 12th at 1 pm

Lobster Demonstration and Food Tent, Lobster Carnival grounds, Credit Union Place

Prince Edward Island lobster is perfect for the making of a delicious lobster chowder. The list of ingredients people like to use is varied for getting that perfect flavour. Maybe its potatoes, other seafood, cream, broth or secret spices.


Chef Robert Pendergast in his “Let Me Count the Ways” demonstration will offer up several different ways to make a lobster-filled chowder to delight the palate.  Several guests will join him to offer their opinions on what is best. The audience will get to taste the results and weight in on the conversation.


The chef’s nephew, talented musician and singer Shane Pendergast, will entertain throughout with songs of the sea. 

Join in on the fun and chow-down on some savoury lobster chowder!

Proudly Sponsored by:
Amalgamated Dairies Limited (ADL)
PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PEI Association of Exhibitions 
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Lobster Eating Competition

Thursday, July 11th at 5:30 pm

Lobster Demonstration and Food Tent, Lobster Carnival grounds, Credit Union Place

While the Lobster Eating Competition gives no time to linger and savour the PEI lobster being devoured, the taste still comes through. The competition is a satisfying experience of challenging oneself to be the fastest in opening and eating a one pound lobster. But, the winner is not selected solely on speed. Judges will determine if the lobster shell is sufficiently emptied of meat.


So put table manners aside for a few minutes and take that lobster on!


The sign up to be one of the ten lucky participants happens during the community barbeque on Thursday, July 11. Participants will be selected in a draw.

Saturday, July 13th at 7:30 pm

 Spinnakers’ Landing, 150 Heather Moyse Drive, Summerside Waterfront

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With the arrival of high tide in the Spinnakers’ Landing waterway, the Master Packaging Inc. Summerside Lobster Carnival Cardboard Boat Races are launched. The boats, representing businesses, organizations, and individuals, compete in a series of elimination heats until the winner is declared.


First place may go to the fastest time or to the only boat still floating. It is suspense at its best until the last minute of the races. Spectators line the banks of the waterway to cheer on their favorite entry and watch the floundering as a boat goes down.   

Races coordinated by our partner:

Thursday, July 11th at 1 pm

Lobster Demonstration and Food Tent, Lobster Carnival grounds, Credit Union Place

Islanders love their biscuits and rolls, especially hot out of the oven paired with lobster. Island bakers are also serious about their biscuit/roll making skills. The Summerside Lobster Carnival Biscuit Competition is serious business.
Non-professional bakers vie for the bragging rights and prizes that come with being a selected winner.  Rolls, tea biscuit, French biscuit, and sweet biscuit are the four judging categories. Entertainment throughout the competition and maybe a tasty treat.

Saturday, July 13th at 12 noon

Downtown Summerside

The Callbecks Home Hardware Summerside Lobster Carnival Parade is a celebration of community spirit! With anticipation, people line the parade route to see the creativity and uniqueness of the entries. Businesses, organizations, and individuals put their best foot forward to capture the audience’s attention, as they celebrate being part of community.


Carnival organizers give a very special thanks to Callbecks Home Hardware for owning the parade and sponsoring some great prizes. Even though they can’t claim the prize, the Callbecks staff work together as a proud team to present a great float.

Now that is community spirit!


Proudly Sponsored by:

Callbecks Home Hardware Summerside

Friday, July 12th at 7:30 pm

Entertainment Tent, Lobster Carnival grounds, Credit Union Place

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Lobster is not the only thing in which PEI takes pride. Islanders love to celebrate the abundance of music and dance talent found in their midst. The PEI Youth Talent Competition, sponsored by PEI Mutual Insurance Company, is an opportunity for young Islanders, between the ages of thirteen and twenty-one, to showcase their budding artistic careers.


Throughout the summer, the PEI Association of Exhibitions schedule ten youth talent competitions to select the contenders for the provincial finals.  


The Lobster Carnival thanks the PEI Youth Talent Search Competition organizers, the PEI Association of Exhibitions, for making us one of the host events. The Lobster Carnival especially thanks PEI Mutual Life Insurance for its belief in and support of young artistic Islanders. Many of the past winners have gone on to launch successful music and dance careers. 

PEI Strong Woman Competition
Saturday, July 13th at 2:30 pm
Lobster Carnival grounds, Credit Union Place
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Strength competitions have been happening for as long as humans have roamed the earth. To determine the strongest woman on Prince Edward Island the PEI Strong Woman Competition will be featured at the Summerside Lobster Carnival. 


Competitors are in a race against one another to determine who has the greatest mix of overall strength and athleticism. They must lift, carry, push, and pull various oddly shaped, large, heavy items during the competition. This includes a 300 lbs tire flip, farmer's walk, and an overhead medley press. 

PEI Strong Woman Competition is proudly sponsored by Lion's Den, Tradewinds Eco-Energy Solutions and Tri-Tech Services.

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