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Cape Breton Events: What to Know About KitchenFest

It’s no secret that singing and dancing play a crucial role in the Cape Breton Island experience. Another cornerstone of our culture is our penchant for the culinary arts. And when you combine these two significant cultural segments of the Cape Breton lifestyle, you get KitchenFest, an enormous celebration in early July, hosted by the Gaelic College, teeming with bagpipes, songs, céilidhs, and fun. So to help you get acquainted with one of Nova Scotia’s most highly regarded festivals, we put together a quick guide of what to know and expect about Kitchenfest.

What is KitchenFest Exactly?

Those visiting or who are new new to Cape Breton customs and traditions, may be wondering, “What is KitchenFest?” While it’s certainly not a celebration of pots, pans, and silverware; food and drink are paramount to the experience. Still, eating and drinking aren’t the only important aspects of KitchenFest. 

If you’re familiar with Gaelic language, you may have heard the term, “céilidh,” meaning companion and loosely translated in modern times to mean “visit.” In a broad sense, KitchenFest is a gathering where friends and family visit to tell stories, share poetry, and play music while enjoying delicious food and each other’s company.

KitchenFest at Cabot Shores

Never ones to miss out on the fun, Cabot Shores also has a series of events for our guests to celebrate KitchenFest. Not only will be hosting a variety of chefs, cooking classes, and cookouts, but we’ll also have plenty of live music and a post-concert music jam in which all are welcome to participate. 

To start your night, we’ll be serving a delectable three-course dinner at the Cabot Shores Bistro. Simply inform us of any dietary restrictions and we’ll accommodate as best as we can. And with the likes of Doug Lemey, Karen Beaton, Leona Williams, and Blanche Sophocleous, its bound to be a musical evening to remember!

Cape Breton Lodging with So Many Things to Do

Eagle Dome with Hot Tub below.

Helping visitors celebrate exciting events like KitchenFest is one of the most gratifying aspects of hosting. Cultural immersion is one of the significant reasons to visit Cape Breton Island and we’re proud to play a part. In addition to our concurrent celebrations, we also offer several wellness activities and adventures that are the perfect complement to your Cape Breton experience. 
To learn more about our various lodging options and amenities, please visit our stay page or reach out online!



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Based on 290 reviews
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
October 17, 2023.
My boyfriend and I came here on a whim for lunch while in the area. What a pleasant surprise! Loved the unique atmosphere and amazing, friendly people. Could have very well have been the best salmon I have ever eaten. Everything was cooked to perfection. Fresh and tasty. Hats off to the chef. We also had the mussels... huge portion and delicious. We took a walk about the property, one of a kind cabins/domes to stay in.. most of which, if not all had their own hot tub. Even a sauna by the water. We would definitely highly recommend eating here at the bistro even if you are not staying over night. Everyone is lovely.. they even offered to email us the salmon recipe because we loved it so much. My only suggestion to owners would be to get better signage on the roadway, so visitors can find you easier. We passed the place twice before actually finding it. I think if there were two more signs a little up the rd on either side, more people may be able to come visit this hidden little gem. Thanks so much for a great lunch and top-notch service.
Jasmine Rahmel
Jasmine Rahmel
October 17, 2023.
Loved the location and the amenities. What a unique resort. The upgrade to the chalet was wonderful. Above and beyond.
Malcolm
Malcolm
October 16, 2023.
Stayed at Cabot shores from October 7th-13th was an unforgettable experience. Stayed in a yurt and very spacious and comfortable. The location along the sea was gorgeous and could hop over to the beach whenever. Kayaked two of those days and could see beaver domes while doing so. Would highly try the food as well very accommodating to all dietary requirements. Recommend the chickpea massala very nice meal! Friendly staff and good accommodation. 5/5
Vishnu Vardhana
Vishnu Vardhana
October 15, 2023.
Amazing experience in the yurt and dome. Friendly staff and beautiful views!
Trevor B
Trevor B
September 13, 2023.
Stopped for lunch and ordered the spaghetti bolognese. Very hearty and lots of meat. A nice satisfying meal. One surprise was to see a mandatory 10% gratuity when paying the bill. Who does this for a party of less than 5?

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Lukas
Lukas
September 21, 2022.
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Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
Nicole
Nicole
August 22, 2022.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
Ryan
Ryan
August 14, 2022.
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Relaxing
Nigel
Nigel
July 25, 2022.
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Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
Anooj
Anooj
October 25, 2021.
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This was our first time staying in the Eagle Dome and we absolutely fell in love with this beautiful place. Super clean place to stay!
Redwan
Redwan
October 17, 2021.
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Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
Brooke
Brooke
October 1, 2021.
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Beautiful, quaint place to stay! So unique and off grid. We loved staying at the dome!
Madison
Madison
September 9, 2021.
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We had a great stay in the Eagle Dome! We loved watching the sunset and sunrise, and being able to hear the waves from the ocean. Next time we would stay a few more days and prepare a bit better - we weren’t packed for off grid but we made it work. Outhouse was a few steps away, shower and toilet a short walk. We didn’t get the hot tub or use the sauna/other amenities but would certainly consider it next time.

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