people eat very well. The recipes are some fine blends of different
unique influences! A strong base of French cooking enriched by the
gastronomic knowledge of Native and other cultural communities has
helped form modern Québec cuisine, in which there is a growing use of
high-quality regional products.
In Québec you will discover some the new production of inspired chefs
who have some of the best dining on the continent in store for you!
have always positioned a great deal of value on gastronomic pleasures.
Have one of many samples of the culinary tradition-unique cooking in
North America-and our exceptional local products, our beers, ciders and
wines, our 100 or so varieties of cheese and our unique dishes. Lobster
from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, ranched game, apples, blueberries and
the many maple products are but a few of the local delicacies in which
we take great pride.
The Original Menu of Québec
you're going in Québec, you'll be delighted by our local specialties,
each one of Québec's region has its unique taste & its appetizing
Montérégie where orchards make up 30% of the territory, a wide variety
of ciders are manufactured that have been honored at international
Bas-Saint-Laurent region, alongside the St. Lawrence River, locals have
mastered the art of smoking salmon, trout, sturgeon and eel in the
style of their ancestors.
Îles-de-la-Madeleine, you can sample pot-en-pot, a tasty mixture of
fish or seafood and potatoes baked in a crust.
Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean is known for its tourtière (meat and pork pie)
and soup aux gourganes (broad bean soup).
cheeses produced in Charlevoix show off their own unique qualities.
Gaspésie, the salmon pie is like none other.
Côte-Nord, the majority of the dishes feature fish and shellfish from
local waters, such as northern shrimp, snow crab and scallops.
In the Mauricie region, meat from locally raised bison and ostrich is a
Enjoy the special wine of Québec
beverage is one of the important foody things for all Québecers. In
addition to the beer that's been brewed here for centuries, in recent
years the production of cider and wine has given rise to cottage
industries, the fruits of which are becoming increasingly popular and
scooping up prizes at international competitions. Local nectars include
aperitifs and liqueurs derived from maple sap and small fruits (the
blackcurrant-based crème de cassis from Île d'Orléans is to die for),
as well as mead (honey wine).
Originality, excellence and diversity are what make Québec's alcoholic
beverages such a pleasure!
"national drink," the beer prepared here is recognized the world over.
In the past decade and a half, microbreweries having been making a name
for themselves with their fresh and tasty specialty mixes, and the
diversity of products offered just keeps growing. Whether you prefer
your beer red, white, dark, pale or black, you'll find something to
quench your thirst! You can also savour in-house brews at
establishments that serve up their own recipes.
young, Québec's wine industry is sparkling over! Thirty-odd vineyards
sell some 400,000 bottles of wine a year, and some wines have received
the history of wine in Québec goes way back. The first European
explorers discovered wild vines on the territory.
produces the naturally sweet ice wine, made from grapes that have
frozen on the vine. In fact, Québec products have really stood out in
this regard. A wine route links some thirty vineyards in different
regions of Québec.
cottage industry produces more than 300,000 bottles of cider each year.
Now here's a tradition whose history goes way back!
years, the quality of our ciders has become mainly superior and the
range of products available has expanded significantly.
offerings include cider produced by the champagne method and apple
mistelle, fortified with alcohol. Québec also boasts a unique cider
that's become a hit on the international markets: ice cider. Inspired
by ice wine, this sweet drink is made from apples that have frozen and
has a very high concentration of sugar.
Québec's cider producers are in the Montérégie, which is why the region
boasts the Cider Route tourist path!
Discovering Québec's cheeses
cheese is one of the things you should enjoy for sure.
While the popular cheddar and Oka cheeses have been manufactured for
more than 110 years, an impressive selection of fine cheeses, using
cow, goat and ewe's milk, is now produced in every region of Québec.
This recent cottage industry is creating a great attention of devotion
thanks to the high quality of its products. Each year, new cheeses with
unique flavours join the presented repertory, with some taking honours
in various competitions.
Québec is fast becoming North America's premier cheese destination. Of
course, our modest farms produce top-quality milk-which just happens to
be the key ingredient of cheese!
firm cheese, has been manufactured in Québec since 1895.
different varieties of cheddar can be found regularly on most Québec
families' tables, as well as overseas, where it is widely exported.
It is time for Sugar Shack
seasonal habit in Québec in spring. As soon as the moon is right or the
wind from the southwest blows a certain way, the maple syrup producers
head into the sugar bush and begin tapping their trees. The buckets
fill with a sweetish, watery liquid that will be boiled down to make
the delicately flavoured syrup everyone loves.
whole family gathers in late March and early April at the sugar shack,
where groaning tables are laden with the traditional "cabane à sucre"
foods: pea soup, baked beans, maple-cured ham, "oreilles de crisse"
(fried strips of salt pork), omelettes, and maple-sweetened desserts
like sugar pie, crepes and "grands-pères" (dumplings poached in maple
syrup). Then everyone goes outside for the traditional hot maple taffy,
served on a bed of fresh snow and scooped up with wooden sticks.
are about 400 maple syrup operations not far from Québec's major cities
and all welcome visitors at sugaring off time. In addition to featuring
lots of hearty food, the "cabane à sucre" recreates the spirit of
earlier times with traditional music, dancing and merrymaking.