Zac Brown Band Headlines #CBMF2017

Zac Brown Band Headlines #CBMF2017

LOTTO MAX presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival announced country music superstars Little Big Town will join previously announced performers, three time GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum artists, Zac Brown Band, for the 2017 festival. GRAMMY Award-winners Brothers OsborneKane Brown, GRAMMY Award-nominee Brandy Clark, multi-platinum artist and CMA nominee for Best New Artist Kip Moore and Canaan Smith will join award-winning Canadian country favourites Chad BrownleeHigh Valley and Madeline Merlo in taking the stage at Atlantic Canada’s largest outdoor music event from July 7 – July 9. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

5 delicious Seafood Chowders along PEI’s North Shore

PEI seafood chowder is such a popular dish with both Islanders and tourists that we asked Island food blogger, Barbara Mayhew, to check out some north shore chowders and tell us how she found them. Here are her impressions of five seafood chowders in the Green Gables Shore Region.


If there is one thing that Islanders and tourists alike can agree upon, it’s that PEI has great fresh seafood fished from the cold Atlantic waters. A popular offering on menus of many local restaurants is seafood chowder which is a great way to sample several different kinds of seafood all in one dish.

While there are many ways in which seafood chowder can be prepared, a typical PEI chowder will comprise the following elements: 1) the chowder will be cream-based meaning it is made with milk or cream or a combination of both; 2) more than one kind of seafood will be present; and 3) PEI potatoes will be found in the chowder.

It’s amazing that different chowder makers can take essentially the same basic ingredients and produce different flavored chowders. Some chowders will be ultra thick, almost resembling a casserole, while others will have a moderately thick base and still others will have a thinner cream base. Some will have no additional seasoning beyond onion, and perhaps celery, while others will add some herbs, spices, and finishing oils.

I am often asked where to find the best seafood chowder on PEI and that’s a tough question to answer. This is because there are many great seafood chowders on this Island and, I venture to say, there is one for ever seafood lover’s taste. By way of example, here are five fabulous chowders to be found in the Green Gables Shore Region.

Blue Mussel Café, North Rustico

This seasonally operated restaurant in the picturesque village of North Rustico offers an ultra thick creamy chowder packed with salmon, mussels, scallops, and haddock along with some celery, red pepper, and some fine PEI potatoes. How fresh is the fish? Well, two trips daily are made to Doiron’s Fish Mart, about 1 km down the road to the wharf, to pick up fresh seafood. You can’t get product any fresher than that! This is a hearty thick-with-ingredients chowder made completely from scratch starting with the traditional roux for the chowder base. Layers of flavor are added and the chowder is lightly seasoned with some herbs and spices with just a hint of lemon and finished off with a drizzle of caper dill oil. This flavorful chowder comes to the table attractively garnished with four mussels in their shells and is accompanied by a tasty homemade biscuit. Be sure to arrive with a hefty appetite as this chowder is the full meal deal.

Enjoy this chowder in the casual style open air restaurant while watching the fishing boats returning with their daily catch to nearby North Rustico Harbour.

312 Harbourview Dr, North Rustico Harbour, PE (902) 963-2152


Chez Yvonne, Cavendish

The seafood reigns supreme in this delectable chowder that comes from a restaurant that has been a familiar icon in Cavendish for decades. There is no shortage of a variety of seafood in this creamy chowder – look for lobster, haddock, shrimp, scallops, crab, clams, mussels, and salmon. The chowder, made fresh daily, intentionally contains no extra seasonings so that the seafood is the star of the show. Potato, onions, and butter are the only additions. The medium thick consistency of the chowder base is built upon homemade fish stock and is naturally salted from the seafood so no extra salt is added. Chez Yvonne has been making this chowder recipe for many, many years so patrons can enjoy the same tasty chowder on return visits. This chowder presents well with a mussel in the shell as a garnish. The chowder is served with one of the delectable homemade rolls made daily on the premises.

This chowder is the perfect lunch time treat or finale after a day of activities in the Cavendish area or an afternoon at the beach. Dine inside or on the restaurant’s deck.

8947 Rte. 6, Cavendish, PE (902) 963-2070

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Carr’s Oyster Bar, Stanley Bridge

Lobster, haddock, scallops, and shrimp combine with potato, onion, butter, and a blend of cream and milk to make a rich and flavorful chowder with a silky smooth texture. The restaurant proprietors also own a seafood mart just a stone’s throw away on nearby Stanley Bridge wharf so you just know the seafood is fresh. There’s nothing better than chowder by the shores from which the fish comes and this chowder is certainly a taste of the seaside. The foundation for this delightful chowder starts with cooking the liquid from the fish to make the stock. Served piping hot in a shallow bowl filled to the brim with bite-sized portions of the seafood, this chowder is subtly seasoned to let the flavour of the seafood come through. This medium-thick chowder, garnished with a sprinkle of paprika and chives, is served with classic crackers. While a gluten free chowder option is not a regular menu offering, the restaurant will, with sufficient advance notice, accommodate a gluten free chowder request.

Carr’s is a casual dining spot with a large outside deck that overlooks Stanley Bridge Harbour. Enjoy their fine seafood chowder while touring the Island’s picturesque north shore area.

32 Cambellton Road, Stanley Bridge, PE (902)886-3355

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PEI Preserve Company, New Glasgow

You’ll want to set aside the diet on the day you sample the delicious seafood chowder at the PEI Preserve Company in beautiful New Glasgow. This chowder is made the authentic and traditional way with heavy cream (yes, the really good stuff!) and potatoes which provide the natural thickener. The stars in this hearty chowder are scallops, shrimp, haddock, and salmon with potatoes, onion, and celery playing supporting roles. Hints of tarragon and dill blend well with the salty flavor of the seafood. The ingredients cook in the cream and no fish stock is added to the base. This is a sinfully thick and creamy chowder packed with natural seafood flavour. The chowder is served with a homemade biscuit. This is a gluten-free chowder and gluten free homemade biscuits are also available.

Diners can enjoy a hearty bowl of this chowder while overlooking the scenic River Clyde, one of PEI’s prettiest vistas, from the large comfortable dining room.

2841 New Glasgow Rd, New Glasgow, PE (902)964-4300

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New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, New Glasgow

For almost 60 years now, New Glasgow Lobster Suppers has been synonymous with good seafood. The all-you-can-eat seafood chowder is offered as one of the appetizers at the lobster suppers and they know a thing or two about making chowder – during the busy summer season, they make 180 litres of it daily! This is a traditional homestyle cream-based chowder that combines lobster, clams, and cod with onions, celery, and potatoes. Served piping hot in small stylish cup-bowls, this chowder is just creamy enough to support the generous chunks of potato and seafood. You’ll find each spoonful of this chowder is heaped with a seafood medley. Attractively presented with colorful lobster pieces on top, this chowder is a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy. The chowder is served with the restaurant’s famous housemade rolls, baked daily onsite.

Enjoy this special treat as part of one of the homecooked meals at the lobster suppers in the scenic community of New Glasgow. Bring your best appetite to do justice to the bountiful meal that awaits you at the New Glasgow Lobster Suppers.

#604 Route 258, New Glasgow, PE 902-964-2870

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What differentiates chowders is the selection of seafood and the seasonings used (or not) to flavor the chowder bases. Each of these five chowders is distinctively different in flavor and base consistency yet equally delicious. Any one of these chowders is a treat to the palate but why stop at one when you can try all five!

Barbara Mayhew is a PEI food blogger. Visit her website, My Island Bistro Kitchen, at and follow her on twitter @PEIBistro.

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Top 10 things to do in Cavendish Beach with your grandkids

Cavendish is the best family destination for all ages! From beautiful golf courses, stunning beaches and friendly hospitality– we were never disappointed.
Want to know the best Cavendish Beach activities and attractions that will top any family vacation and make you the best Grandparent in your grandkids eyes? We’ve got some hints below!

10. Getting There
Getting to Cavendish, PEI was such an amazing experience in its own! We took the Northumberland Ferry to PEI – there was live entertainment, we watched the grandkids play on the deck and even enjoyed COWS Ice Cream. We can’t wait to take the Confederation Bridge home so we can get the true Island experience!

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9. Cottage Life
With so many amazing accommodations to choose from – we couldn’t pick just one! The two weeks we spent in Cavendish we stayed in two different destinations. A cottage with a beautiful view in the heart of Cavendish Beach and a cozy cottage in nearby Stanley Bridge with tons of green space and a playground for the grandkids to play. With such great and friendly hosts, always looking to make your stay PEI perfect, we loved the cottage life.

kids fav activite8. Trails
We walked the trails – there are so many to choose from. Some were shorter, some were more challenging – but the grandkids loved it! We got to spend quality time with them enjoying nature – the best kind of time!

7. Dining
They’re not kidding when they call PEI Canada’s Food Island – and Cavendish Beach is no exception! With so many great places to try fresh PEI seafood, local delights and classic favourites – Cavendish is the best place to get something Nan and Pop love as well as the kids!

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6. Summer Days
The sun was shining when we were in Cavendish – thank goodness you are surrounded by the beach! We could go for a quick swim at Cavendish Beach or enjoy the sun as the grandkids squealed with excitement at the amusement parks.

5. Boardwalks and more boardwalks
What’s a trip to Cavendish without stopping at the boardwalk – wait, there are two! Cavendish Boardwalk = shopping and eating. Mariner’s Cove Boardwalk = more family fun attractions for the kids! Local shops are scattered all around Cavendish to enjoy locally made products and food. We love all of our photos captured with our “I Love PEI” shirts.

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4. Beach
You couldn’t talk about Cavendish without mentioning the beaches! You can walk miles, the scenery is beautiful, and best of all it’s not too crowded! We enjoyed a picnic on the beach, the kids swam safely in a life guarded area, and we made the biggest sandcastle my grandkids had ever seen!

3. Ice Cream
Okay, so maybe Ice Cream is a weird one to put on here but there are so many options! I think we had 90% of our meals out of a cone but it was so worth it – especially on warm cream kid

2. Golf
We snuck away to enjoy a round (or two) of golf. After all we are in Canada’s #1 golf destination. With the top golf courses Cavendish offers, we almost forgot to keep score because they were so beautiful! The kids joined us for a few rounds later in the week and loved learning how to play.

1. Relax
Cavendish has so many fun adventures around every corner, it’s hard to believe that this was the most relaxing vacation we’ve ever had! The scenery is so beautiful in every direction, it’s the perfect backdrop to a relaxing vacation and great way to make lifelong memories with our grandkids.


Cavendish Photo Challenge


We invite you to take part in our FUN photo challenge! New challengers welcome every month from May to October 2016. Commit to 7 days, 14 days or the full 30 day photo challenge! Post one pic per day from the photo challenge list and use the hashtag #Cavendishphotochallenge. Everyone who participates will be entered into a random draw on November 1, 2016.




  • 2 Night Accommodation at Sundance Cottages
  • $100 gift certificate to The Dunes
  • $75 Gas Card
  • Confederation Bridge Pass
  • $50 restaurant gift certificate


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Cavendish Celebrates Canada!

Cavendish Celebrates Canada!

Extend your Canada Day celebrations into a long-weekend in Cavendish with Alan Doyle & the Beautiful Gypsies, Matt Andersen & the Bona Fide, The Strumbellas and more. The all-Canadian line-up will rock the permanent stage at the Cavendish Beach Events Centre on Saturday, July 2nd, 2016. Tickets available now at, prices starting at $35 for adults!

Want to know more about these artists? We dug up all the good stuff!

Alan Doyle, actor, producer, newly-minted best-selling author, and best- known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea these past 20+ years, holding nine albums, double-disc hits retrospective, and two DVD releases they have been declared Gold or Platinum and have sold a combined 1.2 million copies in Canada.

With nearly 10 million views on YouTube, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. Andersen has won the 2013 Euro Blues Award for Best Solo /Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and nabbed him 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

The Strumbellas got their start in 2009 with their eponymous EP release, which prompted proclamation from the CBC that they are a “band to watch.” They lay claim to the SiriusXM Indies award for Folk Group Of The Year, they are a Polaris Music Prize nominee, accepted an Ottawa Folk Festival’s Supernova Rising Star Award and nabbed the Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album Of The Year and CBC Music’s Rising Star award.

LOTTO MAX presents Cavendish Beach Music Festival: 5 Easy Ways to Convince Your Friends To Go

   5 Easy Steps, from the Experts:  

  1. Change your ringtone to “American Kids” by Kenny Chesney. Your friends will notice the upbeat song and think “wow, this is a catchy tune- I should really be thinking more about my summer plans”- or at least, you can pretend that.

giphy-2   2. Get them hooked on The Voice. They will fall in love with Blake Shelton and after that- it will be as easy as mentioning “July 8-10th?” tumblr_lzra85ej5d1rp44uwo1_500_zpsfb76f65e   3. Compliment them every time they have a piece of Denim clothing on. Tell them how attractive they would look in a field of cowboys & cowgirls because they do “an amazing job of pulling off that jean jacket.” So-Much-Denim   4. Enter all of the contests. How can they say no if you scored a free ticket with their name on it? {ps. if this happens they can’t say no, you’ve got them to go already} giphy   5. They say “It’s not my scene” and you say “So, you don’t like cowboys? There’s a cowboy in Toy Story. Basically you hate Toy Story?” They’ll be so upset that you dared say they don’t like Toy Story, that they’ll say “FINE” and go with you to the concert.   tumblr_muft5uyLoY1sq85i2o1_500  

Now they’re hooked on Country music, Cowboy boots and really great outfits.

See you @ #CBMF2016



Take Over Cavendish in 2016




Vacation The Kids sign-200x250Took Over returns once again for the 2016 season. Simply book your package on-line by going to Book Now! and select the package that suits your family best. Whether you are a returning guest or it’s your first time, your family will truly enjoy all that Cavendish Beach and the Green Gables Shore Region has to offer.  

Join us in Cavendish Beach and take advantage of one of our great 3 and 5 day packages that provides a family of four with an unlimited (go as many times as you wish) four or six-day bracelet access to the best Cavendish Beach family attractions & beaches and a three or five night stay in a cottage, motel, or campground. Create memories to last a lifetime! Kids and kids at heart will love taking over Cavendish as they invade included attractions, Shining Waters Family Fun Park, Sandspit Amusement Park, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, Mariner’s Cove Mini Golf, Wax World of the Stars, Black Magic Black-light Indoor Mini-Golf, Green Gables Heritage Place, the great beaches and activities within the PEI National Park as well as exclusive offers throughout the region on dining and additional activities. This is a vacation experience your children will never forget as they “Take Over” Cavendish Beach!


Winners of The Vacation The Kids Took Over Giveaway

Congratulations to the following winners of the 3 Vacation The Kids Took Over Family Vacation Giveaways.

Draw Friday January 10th at 12noon for Cavendish Bosom Buddies
WINNER- RICK HEPPNER from Warman, Saskatchewan

Friday January 17th at 12noon for Bay Vista Motel & Cottage
WINNER – BETTY ALLEN from Elmsdale, Nova Scotia

Friday January 24th at 12noon for Sundance Cottages (Re-draw February 5th at 12noon)
WINNER – TARA HODGIN from Fredericton, New Brunswick

This Contest is now closed.

About The Vacation The Kids Took Over:

The Vacation The Kids Took Over package will be valid at participating accommodations in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island from June 21, 2014 – July 12, 2014. The Vacation The Kids Took Over offers 4 day/ 3 night OR 8 day/7night accommodation packages and family fun vacation passports including unlimited access to attractions in Cavendish.

Family fun vacation passport includes unlimited access to:

  • Avonlea Village
  • Black Magic Mini-Golf
  • Sandspit Amusement Park
  • Shining Waters Family Fun Park
  • PEI National Park
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not
  • Wax World of the Stars
  • Mariner’s Cove Miniature Golf