Sugar shack festival kicks off in Verdun
Kids can take part in wood-sculpting and paper-making activities as well as check out the animals at the petting zoo
To celebrate the spring season, Verdun’s main street will once again be turned into an urban sugar shack and lumberjack party. From March 21 to 24, 2019, families can head to Promenade Wellington for the 9th edition of Cabane Panache et Bois Rond. This free outdoor festival showcases traditional Quebecois culture and gastronomy, as well as live music and workshops.
Kids can take part in wood-sculpting activities and artisanal paper-making activities, as well as check out the sheep, rabbits, donkeys and other animals at the miniature petting zoo. Families can also listen to tales and legends by storyteller Louis Mercier. No visit to the sugar shack is complete without tasting the quintessential maple taffy on snow, which will be available all weekend long.
Visitors can catch performances by local musician including Clay and Friends, Louis Mercier, and Random Recipe. Festivalgoers can also immerse themselves in tradition and take part in one-hour square dancing workshops led by a local troupe. Families can enjoy different outdoor games like boot hockey, axe throwing, and giant ski, as well as try their hand at artisanal paper making and learn about trapping in an interactive workshop.
For the foodies, local culinary experts and restaurants like Crescendo, Blackstrap BBQ, Bistro Garage Café and Comptoir 21 will be serving up authentic sugar shack grub, maple infused treats and twists on traditional dishes. Visitors can browse about a dozen booths and pick up products created by local artisans like eco-friendly accessories, teas, soaps and woodwork at the festival’s General Store. There will also be a Farmers’ Circle where vendors will be selling knitted items and products.
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