Sugar shack festival kicks off in Verdun

Kids can take part in food-tasting and square-dancing activities as well as learn the origins of maple syrup in Quebec

To celebrate the spring season, Verdun’s main street will once again be turned into an urban sugar shack and lumberjack party.  From March 19 to 22, 2020, families can head to Promenade Wellington for the 10th edition of Cabane Panache et Bois Rond. This free outdoor festival showcases traditional Quebecois culture and gastronomy, as well as live music and workshops.

Visitors have the choice of sitting by the fire, listening to concerts and stories, admiring lumberjacks splitting wood, and taking a selfie with the 13-foot-high moose.  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 musicians including Bernard Adamus, Bas-Canadienne Nights, Sara Dufour, Dominique Fils-Aimé and more. Festivalgoers can also immerse themselves in tradition and take part in one-hour square dancing workshops led by a local troupe, learn about trapping in an interactive workshop, and try some healthy sugar shack food tastings.

For the foodies, local culinary experts and restaurants like Les Street Monkeys, Blackstrap BBQ, Villa Wellington and La Bêtise Verdun will be serving up authentic sugar shack grub, maple infused treats, as well as food with an international theme that’s been tweaked to give it a Quebec twist. 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. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available at some booths.

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