Sugar shack season is upon us and that brings us lots of joy! Several initiatives have emerged this season to give you the opportunity to experience sugar shack delicacies in the comfort of your home. And to enhance the experience, be sure to add traditional music to your meal!
Let's start this article with this excellent initiative that launched this year and brings together more than 70 sugar shacks in Quebec. You can go to "Ma cabane à la maison's" website and enter your zip code to see all of the options available to you. Each sugar shack offers you its gourmet box that you can pick up at a Metro grocery store closest to your home. There are sugar shacks offering vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or pork-free menus. By ordering with them, you will receive a link to the show "Ma cabane à la maison", to recreate the atmosphere at home!
Since 2004, they have been transforming apples into cider and have developed many homemade products. Offering a farm-to-table experience, you can order their sugar experience for four for $149.99. They do the delivery themselves to guarantee the freshness of the products, you have until Tuesday to order to receive everything the following Thursday. You can pick up your box on-site from Thursday to Saturday following your order. Also, for each box sold, $5 will be given to Moisson Laurentides!
This Verdun brunch & refreshment spot has an excellent reputation! One of the best brunches on Wellington Street with all homemade dishes and a great wine list to accompany your meals. They offer "'La Cabane des encabanés"' for 2 or 4 people from $50. Place your orders online before 2 p.m. on Saturday and receive your box every Sunday! They will also be part of the Promenade Wellington event from March 18th to April 2nd!
Located in Mirabel, they have teamed up with Ma Cabane à la Maison, to deliver the meal of your choice. They offer boxes of 2 to 8 people (between $57 and $200). Otherwise, other options are available to you such as a HALAL box for two at $57 or for four at $102. Other variations are available like a brunch option for 4 people at $125 or gluten and a lactose-free option for $57 (2 people). You can also go to their website for your take-out orders.
Located in Saint-Marc-sur-Richelieu, La Cabane du Coureur has really been able to adapt to the 2021 and its challenges. On March 6, 7, 13, and 14, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., you will be able to go there to experience the sugar shack outside. You must reserve your access on their website by ordering a box or buying coupons. Here are the proposed activities: maple taffy on snow, snacks, caribou, music, fires, and forest walking trails (1.5 km and less). Otherwise, it's possible to order your boxes online and pick them up on-site, at the H3 restaurant in Montreal, or at the Coureur des Bois in Beloeil. A vegan option is also offered.
Labonté de la pomme was the first apple shack in Quebec in a family orchard. This orchard and honey house mixes local cuisine and gastronomy in their sugar shack style meals. They have two types of sugar shack meal boxes: revisited gastronomy and enhanced traditional. There is an option with meat and a vegetarian option. It is possible to add dishes and products à la carte. Delivery is possible in a participating Metro or to take away on site.
Maple Festival Event is from March 18 to April 2, you can experience an urban sugar shack on Wellington in Verdun. Take a stroll down the street and taste bites from local restaurateurs while dancing to traditional music. This year, it's possible to fill your belly with their Cabane Panache brunch. This box brings together the restaurateurs of the Promenade as well as the caterer Robert-Alexis. Made for two people at $99 with delivery included, they offer a menu bringing together Bar Palco, Blackstrap BBQ, Cha Noir, La Queue de Poisson, Wellington restaurant, Street Monkeys, and more! A great outdoor event to do with family, friends, or as a couple.
Photo credit: Caroline Perron
Photo credit: Caroline Perron
One of the most popular sugar shacks in Montreal is certainly this one. Martin Picard is still there with a generous box for two people at $82. It is important to order early online, as quantities are limited. The distribution will begin on March 15 with several drop-off points across the province and possible delivery on the Island of Montreal.
The "Les produits d'Antan" products will be available at the Constantin sugar shack in Saint-Eustache. They have three different menus which include the traditional sugar shack meal box, the revisited sugar shack, and the gourmet meal box. They are all for three to four people. Add the festive option to discover products from the Route 8 microbreweries. They offer pick-up or delivery points.
This entirely vegan cabin is located in Mont-Tremblant. All their products are organic and meat-free. From April 10 to May 2, discover an enchanting environment to serve yourself an outdoor sugar shack meal while respecting sanitary rules. An all-you-can-eat 3-course menu will be offered. You have the possibility to form a group or to book for the family on their website. They also deliver their homemade products.
Located on boulevard Saint-Laurent in the Mile-End, Caribou gourmand celebrates the Quebec terroir through its plates. Their sugar brunch will be available until April 4 on Saturdays and Sundays (from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). You'll have the opportunity to compose your tailor-made dishes for one, two, or four people. Pick-up and deliveries are possible.
MARCHÉ ARTISANS of Fairmont Le Reine Élizabeth
From March 19 to April 18, it's maple season at the Artisans Market. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, you will have the opportunity to order their sugar brunch box for $ 2 to $ 95 plus tax for delivery or take-out. Would you like to live the experience on-site? Reserve a room, enjoy in-room brunch, late check-out at 4 p.m., and all in double occupancy, starting at $ 335 plus taxes. Whether you go downtown or not, this option is clearly worth the detour!
Sugar shack season is a critical time for all producers, now is the time to encourage them and bring the tradition to life at home or outside when possible!