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Summerside Lobster Carnival

A culinary celebration of Island lobster paired with great entertainment the


Thursday, July 6, 2023   

* Please Note: Program subject to change*

12:00 noon:  Lobster Carnival Grounds and East Coast Amusement Midway Open

Credit Union Place grounds, 511 Notre Dame Street - Look for the Carnival Tents and Midway on Rufus Street entrance – plenty of free parking between the carnival grounds and Red Shores Summerside Raceway.



Summerside Seafood Supreme Lobster Culinary Demonstration and Food Tent –Event Chef Robert Pendergast


PEI lobster, and lobster salsa with nacho chips, available throughout the afternoon. Purchase Lobster Supper tickets online, or at the Lobster Trap Merchandise Store located inside the tent or at the door during the suppers.
Visit the Lobster Prince Edward Island Booth. Water station available.

Lobster Culinary Demonstrations and Activities
Celebrating PEI's wild sustainable Lobster Industry  


12 noon: Lobster 101 Demonstration and Taste Testing:  How to buy, cook, and open lobster with Chef Robert Pendergast and Chef Tyler J. Gallant.


1:00 pm: Furniture Gallery Brand Source Biscuit and Roll Competition: Islanders love their rolls and biscuits making for an intense competition with great prizes. 1st prize: $100, 2nd: $75, 3rd: $50. Sea shanties performed during the judging by Mike Pendergast. Complimentary tea and bakery biscuit served. Click here for categories and entry form. 


2:00 pm: Lobster Demonstration and Taste Testing: Lobster Filled PEI Potatoes


3:00 pm: Tent closes to prepare for Community Barbeque. Lobster can be purchased until 4 pm.


4:00 pm: Key Murray Law Community Barbeque and Official Carnival Opening. Complimentary food. Lobster taste testing sponsored by FPT Marine Engines. High energy East Coast entertainment by Steve Perry, John Campbell, and Bobby MacLean. 



Red Shores Entertainment Tent and Courtyard 

Featuring the best of Island, Maritime, and “From Away” entertainment


12:00 noon:  Lively Songs for Little Folks family show with Music Man Mike Pendergast


12:30 pm:  Not a Magic Show presented by Circus Surreal


1:00 pm: The Snow Circus presented by Circus Surreal


1:30 pm: Juliette Squarebriggs Music Show


2:30 pm: "Stiff Family Bluegrass" Show

3:30 pm: Lively Songs for Little Folks family show with Music Man Mike Pendergast

4:00 pm: Key Murray Law Community Barbeque and Official Carnival Opening

Complimentary food. Lobster taste testing sponsored by FPT Marine Engines. High energy East Coast entertainment by Steve Perry, John Campbell, and Bobby MacLean.


5:45 pm – 6:00 pm: Registration for the Journal Pioneer Lobster Trap Stacking Competition


6:00 pm: Journal Pioneer Lobster Trap Stacking Competition: Island lobster fishers or crew members compete in this marathon sport for the fastest time moving and stacking 8 working lobster traps. 1st prize: $1000, 2nd: $300, 3rd: $200. 

6:30 pm: Registration for the PEI Youth Talent Search Competition (Entertainment tent).


7:00 pm: PEI Youth Talent Search Competition proudly presented by PEI Mutual Insurance Company and PEI Association of Exhibitions. Winner represents the Summerside Lobster Carnival at the provincial finals. Open to Island youth ages 13-21. 1st place: $300, 2nd: $150, 3rd: $75


8:00 pm: Warren Ellis Family Summerside Chrysler Dodge Country Music Talent Competition. PEI amateur country singers compete to be named winners of the impressive prizes. 1st place: $2000 sponsored by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, 2nd: $1000 sponsored by Kool Breeze Farms, 3rd: $500 sponsored by Anderson Automotive. 


10:30- 10:30 pm: Variety Fire Show presented by Circus Surreal.


11:00 pm: Grounds and midway close – reopen 12 noon Friday. 


Credit Union Place Convention Centre
7 pm: StandardAero Summerside Lobster Carnival Trivia Championships. Hosted by Wil MacDonald. Trivia teams compete to be the best! First Prize: $600, Second Prize: $300, Third Prize: $100. 


Ice Pond Nature Park - Greenwood Drive across from Carnival Grounds

4:00- 6:00 pm: Remote Control Boat Demonstration. Bedeque Bay Environmental Management Association (BBEMA) will demonstrate the running and racing of remote control boats. 

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