The best sugar shacks in and around Montreal
Best sugar shacks in and around Montreal – Maple season is finally here! In and around Montreal, seasonal sugar shacks are reopening after a year of hibernation while “pop ups” sugar shacks are opening all around us. If you want to visit one or many of them, always remember to make reservations ahead of time because the “sugar” season is very popular around here. Here is a list of sugar shacks you must try out.
Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon
It’s the first to make the list and also the most talked about sugar shack in Quebec: Martin Picard’s Au Pied de Cochon Sugar Shack is unlike any other. The chef has been elevating the traditional sugar shack cuisine to another lever for years now, serving unconventional desserts before the meals and adding foie gras to almost any dish. Maple cotton candy, maple whippet cookies, and a yogurt gelatin with jello cubes of maple inside are just the beginning. Au Pied de Cochon sugar shack is always fully booked months in advance, but you can always check for last minute cancellations on their Facebook Page.
La Cabane d’à côté
Martin Picard’s student at La Cabane au Pied de Cochon just opened his own “sugar shack” simply called La Cabane d’à côté (The shack next door) that sits on the land next to the Érablière Au Pied de Cochon. There, traditional food slightly revisited is served. The concept is based on the idea of preparing the dishes right in front of the customers, highlighting the use of the cabane’s masterpiece oven: the woodfire evaporator. The atmosphere is intimate and cosy but nonetheless spectacular, where expertise and know-how come and go, in a real show. Led by chef Vincent Dion-Lavallée, La Cabane d’à côté has been open since Feb.15th for their first year of operation and will be open from Wednesday to Sunday until May 13th. You can reserve your spot online via Bookenda.
Cabane à sucre Lafrance
L’Érablière Lafrance is located on the mountainside facing Les Vergers Lafrance and has belonged to the Lafrance family since 1970. Last year, for their first “sugar shack”, 1500 maple trees were cut. Of its 1500 notches, 1500 liters of precious syrup were produced to create a delicious traditional menu that is served on weekends. With their maple taffy on snow, maple syrup tasting and their delicious pastries, the Lafrance Sugar Shack is a must on your weekend! Book your table now.
Auberge Handfield Sugarshack
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Auberge Handfield Sugar Shack. This traditional and historic shack will be open March 2nd to April 29th, 2018 from Wednesday to Sunday. A typical menu is served “family style” that includes: sugar tart, pea soup, sausage, ham, crepes, etc. (it’s all you can eat). Kids can also enjoy horse carriages, live entertainment and music and visit the “sugar” shop, all that in a traditional decor. Visit their website for more info and to make your reservation. Groups are also welcome and they offer an “early bird” rate on weekends.
Sucrerie de la montagne
Sucrerie de la Montagne, which opened in 1978, is a sugar shack located on top of Mount Rigaud that is set in time. You will be transported to a world where Quebec traditions are at the heart of our sugar maple culture. A traditional menu will be served from Feb 12th to May 6th, every day of the week that includes: a feast of sugar time served at tables, montagnard pea soup, peasant crusty bread, smoked maple ham, baked beans, farmer’s omelette soufflée, country sausages, etc. In addition, enjoy a shuttle sled or cart pulled by horses, a free tour of the sugar shack and the field stone bakery, live musical entertainment, a general store where you can pick up a variety of maple products: syrup, butter, jelly, toffee and other maple delicacies. Reservations are a must.
Verdun: Cabane Panache et Bois Rond
For an 8th season, the biggest urban lumberjack party will set up camp in Verdun for four days of square dancing, maple tires, and woodcutting. From this March 22nd to the 25th, La Cabane Panache et Bois Rond is the guiding beacon for celebrating sugaring time like nowhere else. Over 80,000 hungry lumberjacks are expected at the biggest and free-est maple festival in Quebec to enjoy a first big breath of springtime air! Enjoy open-air festive music and traditional foods revisited in Verdun this spring. It’s free admission. Details on their website.
Old Montreal: Un chef à L’érable
It’s the 7th edition of “your sugar shack in Montreal”, a pop up shack led by a star chef that takes over La Scena every year. This year, Agnus Dei’s popular urban sugar shack will be held from March 16th to April 15th at La Scena, in the heart of the Old Port of Montreal. And, for the first time, Chef Hakim Chajar will oversee the event and sign a unique 4-course that is both elevated and inspired by the sugar shack tradition. In addition, live entertainment, music, and maple taffy on snow are on schedule in the beautiful urban decor of La Scena. Reservations: by phone 514.288.0914 or email: email@example.com
Griffintown: Richmond’s Urban Sugar Shack
A unique urban sugar shack will be held in the heart of Griffintown at the very chic Restaurant Richmond every weekend, from March 10th until March 31st. The restaurant offers a 4 course meal served «family style » at 45$/person and 20$ for the kids. (Soup, appetizers, mains with sides and of course, desserts). Alongside with the meal, the urban sugar shack offers activities on their heated patio including: maple toffee, hot wine, hot chocolate, cotton candy & the best part: farm animals. Reserve your spot now.
Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: Complètement Sucres
Completely Sugar is back in Hochelaga to celebrate sugar season! On Saturday, April 7 2018, the best chefs in the neighbourhood will be “fighting” for the winning title of the best “sugar inspired” recipe. Visitors can attend their culinary competition in the heart of Morgan Park from noon to 4 pm. Gourmet bites created by the best chefs in the area, maple products from Domaine des 15 lots, snow toffee, traditional music and several artisans will also be part of the event. The bites are served at a modest cost of $ 2.50, and a portion of the money raised will be donated to a local community organization. For more information of this yearly event: https://hochelaga.ca/evenements/evenement/12/