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 are in the mood for some fresh maple syrup on snow, here is a list of sugar shack menus you must try out this season.
“Urban” sugar shacks in Montreal
Verdun: Cabane Panache et Bois Rond
For the 9th season, the biggest urban lumberjack party will set up camp in Verdun for four days of square dancing, maple tires, and wood-cutting. From March 21st to the 24th, La Cabane Panache et Bois Rond is the perfect destination to celebrate the season like nowhere else. Enjoy open-air festive music and traditional foods revisited in Verdun this spring, festive music, traditional & reinvented dishes, and drinks. Also, it’s free admission. Details on their website.
Griffintown: Richmond’s Urban Sugar Shack
Montreal’s unique urban sugar shack is back again this season in at the very chic Restaurant Richmond every weekend, from March 16th until March 31st. The restaurant offers a 4 course meal served «family style » at 45$/person and 20$ for 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.
Griffintown: Perles & Paddock Maple Brunch
We recently talked about Festival G. the very first “Gourmet Festival” of Griffintown, taken place until March 17th in 18 restaurants. Well, Restaurant Perles & Paddock is participating, and offering their “sugar shack” brunch menu at only 22$ for the occasion. Expect: mimosa, pea soup, maple taffy and pudding chômeur. Once the festival is over, the special maple menu will still be offered (until April 9th) but “à la carte”.
Downtown : Marché Artisans Maple Brunch
Every Saturday, from March 16 to April 20, 2019, Marché Artisans gets in the maple season spirit with a brunch inspired by all things maple. From 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. try one of their two thematic menus ($25 and $28) prepared by Chef Jean-Philippe Desjardins. Buckwheat pancake, baked beans, sugar pie, all dishes are a credit to one of our favourite local products! The menus for children under 12 years of age are $12 while children under 5 eat for free! First come, first served, no reservations.
Labonte de la pomme “apple/sugar shack” is back again this year with a delicious menu inspired by the maple season. From Wednesday to Friday nights and every weekend until the end of April, expect a crazy-good menu inspired by Quebec products : homemade bacon, sausages, onion soup, and Labonte de la pomme 2019 signature dish: the waffle “étagé” with Oka cheese, bacon, ham homemade waffles (and a whole lot of maple syrup!). A delicious treat to enjoy in a traditional decor in bucolic Oka valley.
New this year: La Cabane du Coureur just opened in l’Hôtel Rive Gauche in St-Marc-Sur-Richelieu. You can now experience one of their two menu options : the first values the simplicity of traditional flavors; the second pushes the frontier of gastronomy. Both menus favor finesse in flavur and execution. Vegan and vegetarian menus are also available. Gather with family or friends and rediscover the gourmet pleasures of this tradition that we love so much.
The new trend is definitely to offer vegan and vegetarian options in sugar shacks. Who knew? Coureur des Bois, La Bonté de la Pomme… are all offering a special “sugar shack” menu that contains vegetal proteins. The Vegan Bistro Invitation V is following the lead, with their urban sugar shack that is taking place from March 21st to April 21st (on weekends only). The menu is far from boring, including: maple popcorn, waffles, maple tart and sugar cake.
South Shore: “Maple Season” at Quartier Dix30
For two weekends only: March 9-10 / March 16-17 from 12PM to 5PM ,experience outdoor games for all, electro-folk music, festive dancing and sugar filled gourmet Sheds at Quartier Dix30. Don’t miss on the free taffy tasting or indulge in some local Maple taffy offered on snow and swing by the many gourmet sheds presenting delicacies from passionate producers of the Montérégie region.
by Catherine Maisonneuve