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Summerside Lob­ster Fes­ti­val be­gins Mon­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE -

The Summerside Lob­ster Fes­ti­val be­gins Mon­day, the sec­ond year for the re­branded week of ac­tiv­i­ties.

The fes­ti­val, which was known as the Summerside Lob­ster Car­ni­val for many decades be­fore, was taken over by the City of Summerside in 2013.

Now with al­most two years un­der his belt in the po­si­tion, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Don Quar­les says a lot of the ground­work that was ac­com­plished last year is com­ing to fruition for the 2015 fes­ti­val and be­yond.

“We’ve got some great sup­port and I think we’re build­ing into some­thing much big­ger,” said Quar­les

This year’s event, which runs from July 20 to 25, will be al­most ex­clu­sively fo­cused on the down­town of the city, es­pe­cially Green’s Shore.

“The fo­cus of the event is ob­vi­ously to push ev­ery­thing to Green’s Shore and the wa­ter­front. Some­thing that came out of our strate­gic plan­ning was that the wa­ter­front is one of our No. 1 as­sets and do­ing more on our wa­ter­front is crit­i­cal. I think the wa­ter­front site this year will be some­thing our com­mu­nity can be proud of,” said JP Des­rosiers, di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ser­vices, dur­ing a re­cent city coun­cil meet­ing.

The con­cert tent, stage, re­vived mid­way and many of the events will be held at Green’s Shore.

This year’s fes­ti­val will also in­clude the Tri-Lob­ster Triathlon, a world cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier and the only one of its kind in At­lantic Canada, which be­gins Sun­day.

The event has also part­nered with var­i­ous cul­tural groups to hold themed ac­tiv­ity days through the week, in­clud­ing: Celtic day, Mi’kmaq day and Aca­dian day.

Celebrity chef Matt Dean Pet­tit, who owns three Rock Lob­ster restau­rants in Toronto, ap­pears on the Food Net­work and has a lob­ster cook­book in pub­li­ca­tion.

Pet­tit will be do­ing a num­ber of events in the city, in­clud­ing book sign­ings and do­ing some lob­ster culi­nary demon­stra­tions in part­ner­ships with lo­cal chefs.

This year’s pa­rade is be­ing or­ga­nized by Gen­er­a­tion XX and will be the first event of the fes­ti­val, start­ing at 1 p.m. on Mon­day.

Some part­ner­ship events, which are be­ing held on or around the same week of the Lob­ster Fes­ti­val in­clude: the Di­verseCity Fes­ti­val on July 25, the Sum­merRide Bike Rally from July 24 to 26 and the Spirit of Chau­tauqua from July 29 to 31. Each of these events also has their own sched­ule of en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties.

There are events through­out the day, ev­ery day, of the fes­ti­val and a com­plete list can be found online at: www.sum­mer­side­lob­ster­fest.com.

COLIN MA­CLEAN/TC MEDIA

Don Quar­les, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Summerside Lob­ster Fes­ti­val, ob­serves the space at Green’s Shore where this year’s fes­ti­val will be held.

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