Sugar shack festival offers music, food and family activities

The Cabane Panache et bois rond festival is taking over Wellington St. for a weekend of family fun

Aline Dubois

Families can celebrate traditional Québécois culture at the seventh annual edition of Cabane Panache et bois rond in Verdun from March 23 to 26.

The four-day festival on Wellington St. (between de l’Église and Rielle Sts.), showcases local gastronomy, music and craftsmanship. Several Sud-Ouest restaurateurs will set up stations and cook up culinary specialties while vendors sell handmade items like sculptures, carvings, knitwear and maple products. 

There will be a Family Zone where little ones can see donkeys and other animals in the mini petting zoo, enjoy a craft station, play on swings, balance beams and other structures, and have taffy on snow.  There will also be an educational section where kids can learn about local history and what it was like to live in Quebec during the early 20th century.

Francophone musicians Mara Tremblay, Pépé et sa guitare and Dylan Perron et Élixir de Gumbo will serenade festival goers with performances throughout the weekend. Visitors can also try out square dancing and log throwing.

Organizers hope to welcome more than 80,000 visitors over the weekend, up from 55,000 last year. This year’s event will be held over four days instead of three, and will be extended by another block to accommodate larger crowds. 

The festival takes place from 5 p.m. to  9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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