Gourmet experiences during the cold season

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Once the apple, squash and grape harvest season is over, how can you satisfy your desire to continue exploring Quebec’s agritourism? A few options on the menu for fall-winter 2022-2023.

Changing the world, one flavor at a time

Nutritionist Alyssa Martone Martel created her business, Traktour, to showcase local producers and provide visitors with an experience that she hopes will be transformative. “We organize turnkey agritourism excursions all year round,” explains the young woman we met at the second Québec Sustainable Tourism Symposium on 1er last November. “As much for producers who want to develop visits but who don’t necessarily have the time to set them up, as for consumers who don’t want to worry. »

In November and December, for example, it is possible to do the liquor tour in Granby and the surrounding area in collaboration with Tourisme Granby. Three places are on the program: the La Chaufferie distillery, the Autour de la pomme cider house and the Absintherie des Cantons. The green fairy in Quebec? Yes, and wormwood — also the name of the plant, Artemisia absinthium — grows well on Quebec soil.

“The Absintherie des Cantons even won a prize for the best absinthe in the world against the Europeans”, emphasizes Alyssa Martone Martel. The visit is done by bus from Granby.

From January until March, an excursion to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu will feature processing artisans. “We will visit a coffee roaster, a chocolatier and a local brewery”, summarizes the entrepreneur.

And for those who don’t have time to make these excursions but who would still like to explore the short food circuit, the products of Traktour’s partner producers will be on sale in a gourmet shop which will be inaugurated in December at 4800 de la rue De Bullion, on the Plateau Mont-Royal.

The Farmer’s Circuit in Montérégie

This well-known tourist route allows you to trace your own itinerary to discover vineyards, farms, cider houses, alcohols and gourmet shops in Montérégie. Examples of accessible places in November? La Petite Grange, in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, which offers an interactive tasting tour of the Chocolate Interpretation Centre, and the Cidrerie du Minot, in Hemmingford, which offers free tastings. Circuit suggestions can also be found on the site.

Beyond gourmet visits, it is possible to make stops at a spa or at a farm such as Alpaga fiber soyeuse, in Hinchinbrooke, in the hamlet of Rockburn. However, check the opening times before going there, as some businesses are no longer accessible after October 31.

Snowshoeing and delicacies at the Val Notre-Dame abbey

The popular snowshoe BBQ hike at Val Notre-Dame Abbey, in Saint-Jean-de-Matha, will be back in 2023. It is possible to reserve your place online to take part in this activity in small groups which lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Forest beef and chicken burgers are on the menu, along with a vegetarian option. In the meantime, a visit to the Magasin de l’Abbaye allows you to discover a host of products concocted in the Lanaudière region. The hiking trails are also accessible until the first snow.

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