Taste Quebec's flavours while you roam the countryside
 

Taste Quebec's flavours while you roam the countryside

Road Trips January 21, 2019
Taste Quebec's flavours while you roam the countryside

Plan a road trip that revolves around good food! Meet the agricultural producers and food artisans of Quebec who showcase the generous bounty of the land with passion and know-how. This is the opportunity to taste the fruit of their labour directly on site! Follow country roads toward fresh local produce, fine wine, delicious honey and exquisite cuisine.

Honest-to-goodness back to basics

Freshness, good food and bliss in the Coeur de la Montérégie subregion
Freshness, good food and bliss in the Coeur de la Montérégie subregion

Start at Ferme Guyon in Chambly. This farmer’s market is stocked with a wide variety of products, and on site you’ll also find a bakery, cheese shop and butcher’s shop. A pedagogical mission is at the heart of this place, which is committed to teaching visitors about the day-to-day reality of the agriculture industry and about how ingredients are transformed.

Continue your drive into the Coeur de la Montérégie subregion. The food-themed circuits of this destination known for its production of apples can be explored by car or on a bike and will lead you to several orchards, vineyards and cider houses. Another place that promises gourmet discoveries is Saint-Hyacinthe, where you’ll find a downtown market, craft beers and one-of-a-kind restaurants.

Verger Champêtre is a place that offers a liberating experience to its visitors, giving them access to its trails and petting zoos populated with more than 250 animals, like deer, alpacas, miniature horses, sheep and goats. On site you can also pick your own fruit and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. There’s even a comfortable cottage that you can book for an overnight stay.

An impressive amount of cranberries is harvested in the area of Victoriaville
An impressive amount of cranberries is harvested in the area of Victoriaville

A tasty trip to the vineyards in the Townships

Is it wine o’clock yet? The highest concentration of vineyards in Quebec is in the Eastern Townships on the Brome-Missisquoi Wine Route. Follow this signposted circuit that runs by some twenty vineyards and drop in for a wine tasting, a guided tour or even a chance to saber Champagne! You could also visit the Cep d'Argent vineyard, where you’ll learn about traditional Champagne-making methods. This pioneer winery lets you choose from a variety of packages so that you can discover their refined, high-quality wines.

Honey, specialty cheese and more!

Ever witnessed the opening of a beehive? Honey – along with the fascinating world of bees – will be at the heart of your visit to the Miellerie Lune de Miel, located 5 minutes away from the major city of Sherbrooke. Watch the bees hard at work behind the glass and visit the museum, which is shaped like a huge beehive. And whatever you do, don’t forget to stop at the Nectarium, a shop where you’ll find all kinds of flavours of pure honey and plenty of melt-in-the-mouth sweets!

Head east to the Centre-du-Québec region to the gourmet destination of Victoriaville. This area known for its cranberry harvest and numerous cheesemongers is sure to impress you with its rich diversity of local food producers.

Iconic snack cakes in an old-fashioned setting at Maison J.-A. Vachon
Iconic snack cakes in an old-fashioned setting at Maison J.-A. Vachon

Where food and history mingle

Your next stop is in the Beauce subregion at the Maison J.-A. Vachon, the ancestral home that belonged to the couple who created the Vachon snack cakes. Named a historic monument, this tourist attraction presents the history of the company since its modest beginnings and invites visitors to take a guided tour, which ends with each person receiving two snack cakes!

The last part of your trip is on Île d'Orléans, an enchanting island accessible by bridge from Québec City. A place where traditional Quebec lives on, Île d’Orléans is home to the Paillasson – the first cheese ever produced in North America! The very fertile soil of this beautiful island makes it ideal for a variety of cultures, and the products made there are known for their quality and authenticity.

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