If this time of year has you thinking about maple syrup, crêpes and sugar taffy (la tire d’érable) but getting to a cabane à sucre (sugar shack) is a hurdle, here are a few ways you can enjoy the food without leaving Montreal.
Cabane à sucre events at Montreal markets
Urban Cabane à sucre at the Jean Talon Market
At 5 p.m. today (a rainy St. Patrick’s Day, no less!) you’ll find the entire market transformed into an urban cabane à sucre featuring maple syrup served all kinds of ways and traditional Québécois music from La Belle et Brette. For $5 you get a pass that lets you try all sorts of food. There will also be a lounge where you can enjoy maple cocktails. A dollar from each pass sold goes to the Maisonnette des Parents.
The tastings menu includes:
- fèves au lard with pork
- maple syrup pie
- maple beer
- fiddleheads in garlic and maple syrup
- a wild mushroom & maple tisane
- smoked salmon with maple syrup
- maple syrup croissants and éclairs
- maple bagels
- maple cider
The list goes on and on.
When: March 17, 2016 (today), 5-8 p.m.
Where: Jean Talon market, 7070 Henri-Julien Avenue, metro Jean Talon (blue line)
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Parcours gourmand de l’érable at the Atwater Market
On March 18 the Atwater Market is offering people a chance to taste all sorts of maple products and enjoy some music (also from La Belle et la Brette). You can try fèves au lard and cretons, or oreilles de crisse (deep-fried pig’s jowls, a traditional Quebec dish), maple beer, ham, rabbit, maple chocolates, maple pecans, maple butter and of course, maple syrup.
Passes cost $5 and for each pass sold, one dollar goes to Garde-Manger Pour Tous.
When: March 18, 2016, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Atwater Market, 138 Atwater Ave. , metro Lionel Groulx
Cost: $5 (cash only). Passes available at a stall facing the Geneviève Grandbois stall
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This weekend: Verdun hosts giant lumberjack camp on Wellington St.
In its sixth year La Cabane Panache et Bois Rond promises to be quite something for the eyes and taste buds. On March 18 and through the weekend Wellington St. (Promenade Wellington) will become a lumberjack camp of sorts complete with a small farmhouse, a Welling’titem, barbershop, Parks Canada photo booth, a shoboy cauldron, wood sculpture and maple legends. But the demonstrations alone promise to be eye-popping since they include a godendart (a huge saw operated by two people), tug-of-war match, a skiing race or even hockey crottin (with a puck made from frozen horse poo) and juggling with axes.
Friday’s events are geared to adults and feature Virée carreautée Beau’s party with music, traditional dancing, maple taffy, drinks and snacks from bars. But the rest of the weekend is all about families. Starting Saturday morning local restaurants will serve all sorts of maple-inspired food (can you say grilled cheese with maple bacon and cheddar?), there be activities and demonstrations and a general store selling local products and crafts. There will be stroller parking available for families with young children.
When: Friday March 18, 2016 through Sunday March 20, 2016. On Friday the Virée carreautée Beau’s party goes from 5-10 p.m. and includes a jig and set carré and music from La Cantinière and the Winston Band. Saturday and Sunday’s Campement de bûcherons (lumberjack camp) happens from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Where: Promenade Wellington, on Wellington St. (metro De l’Église, green line)
Cabane à sucre at the Mont Royal metro
Step outside the Mont-Royal metro and you’ll find a mini cabane à sucre, complete with maple taffy on snow, crêpes and a kiosk with maple syrup, sugar, pies, cookies and doughnuts.
When: From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It’s unclear when it ends but it’s definitely going on till the end of March.
Where: Mont Royal metro (orange line)
Café 92’s Cabane à sucre
Until March 31st this NDG café will be serving maple-inspired drinks and desserts, including cheesecake with maple syrup, maple pound cake and maple cappuccino. Yum!
Where: Café 92°, 6703 Rue Sherbrooke St. W.