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Fickle Friday’s and Fun Festivals

Today is the start of a number of festivals, the Rickard’s BBQ festival, the Vintage Car festival, the Street Music festival, and also the opening of our new, covered, Grand Marché selling regional and seasonal products. You know the stuff, cheese and meats that make your mouth water, artisan-made breads and pastries, fresh fruit and veg from the region, and all things arty and edible. So, of course, it’s raining. And I mean, peeing down in a steady, dull soaking wetness … I think you get the picture. And we’re due rain for, get it, the entire three days of these festivals. It never fails. You can almost guarantee wet weather will mess up the start of the summer festivals. It’s almost a given. We were especially looking forward to a day out at both the BBQ fest and then, the vintage car fest, in which over a 1000 vintage cars will be on view—and there’s usually a lot of food and drink to go with this festival too, situated in one of the most …

Best Coffee Shops

There’s coffee, and then, there’s coffee. To me, there’s a huge difference in what a mall chain of coffee shops serves as coffee, and what you can get in a cafe who specialises in serving you coffee made from beans they’ve roasted and ground themselves. But, if your taste runs to Starbucks or familiar chains, go right ahead. If, like me, you prefer ground coffee, here’s a list of my local favourites. Les Cafe du Soleil 143 Rue Saint-Paul, Québec, QC G1K 3V8 (418) 692-1147 A tiny hole in the wall cafe with an excellent range of to order coffee and snacks. Cafe La Maison Smith 23 Rue Notre-Dame, Québec, QC G1K 4E9 (581) 742-6777 La Maison Smith now has five cafes dotted about the city serving great coffee, cold drinks and delicious snacks. Try their pink lemonade for something different, during summer. Cafe Castelo 807 Avenue Cartier, Québec, QC G1R 2R8 (418) 523-9785 Situated at the bottom end of rue Cartier, this coffee specialist has a large selection of coffee served up with a …

A Maple Easter

We finally got out to take our long awaited walk in the Old Quarter, down by the marina, ending at the Food Market. Specifically to check out the Maple Sugar products and found … a sugar shack inside too! While we stocked up on maple syrup produces for friends and family, we learnt that the old market will be closing June 2. A new and improved version is opening way across town, at the Le Grand Marché! It looks stunning and I can’t wait to check it out in June. LE GRAND MARCHÉ Opening JUNE 14-16 HOURS Monday to Friday: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Le Grand Marché de Québec 250, boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel

Festival du Thé

If tea is your thing then the Festival du thé de Québec, 3ème édition, or the 3rd edition of the Québec festival of tea takes place this Easter Weekend, at the Palais Moncalm. The expo will have tastings, lectures and discussions and so much more. Dates & Times April 19: 17h – 21h April 20: 9h – 17h Admission: $20 – $75

Liquid Gold Season

Quebeckers love their maple syrup and syrup production has been in full swing for the last few weeks. With Sugar Shacks treating tourists and locals alike, to that sweet, sticky liquid gold, in all its forms; pouring it onto crushed ice to set, and twirled onto a lolly stick as maple taffy. Did you know, it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make a single gallon of maple syrup. Fun facts about Maple Syrup: The colour of maple syrup depends on a number of factors, including the age of the tree, the amount of sugar present, the soil, and the time in the season. During tapping season you will see spouts sticking out the side of a tree, which allows the sap to drip into a waiting bucket. Tree sap runs up the length of a tree. Not every tree can be tapped as they need to be at least 100 years old for sap production to start. A 100 year old tree is about 12 inches in diameter. Québec has about 34 million …

Wine Festival

The Salon International des Vins et Spiritueux is taking place at the end of the month, between April 25 − 27th, at the Centre des congrès, with public admittance on the Friday and Saturday only. Over 150 vendors will be on hand selling a choice of 1500 international and local wines and alcoholic drinks, and assorted local cheeses. Hours Friday 26: 15h – 21h Saturday 27: 13h – 21h Admission via SAQ: $18 Admission on the day: $20