Gourmet tours of the Cantons-de-l'est - Chalets à Rabais

Gourmet tours of the Cantons-de-l’est

If you are a lover of good food or local products, you will be pampered in the Eastern Townships and you are sure to make great discoveries there : wine, cider, beer, cold meats, cheese shops, farmers’ markets. , gourmet shops. One of the best ways to make the most of it and explore the gourmet circuits. Depending on where you rent a chalet, geotagged maps and paper maps are available to create your tailor-made tour.

The Circuit des têtes fromagères

This dream road focuses 100 % cheese. It will introduce you to the Cantons Cheese Route where you can taste several of the most awarded cheeses in Quebec, but also introduce you to others. The Cheese Station , La Fromagerie New France and the Fromagerie Missiska are just some of the essential stops on the circuit. 

The circuit Brasseurs des cantons

Lovers of microbrewery beers, there are many in the region. You can drink on the spot (if public health measures allow it), especially in “Brew pubs” such as À L’abordage or at La Brouërie in Sutton or you go to get some to drink at the chalet around the fire. Some microphones stand out for their originality and the design of their bottles such as the Dunham Brewery which hire artists from all over the world to design the labels and the Knowlton Co which prints directly on the cans on a small scale, allowing micro batches of certain of its beers. Not on the tour, but if you pass by Frelighsburg stop at Beat and Beetroot to taste their new beer, combine with a stop at the public market on Saturday mornings in the summer.

The Route des vins de l’Estrie

Different from those of Brome-Missisquoi, it has fewer vineyards, but a stop at Domaine Bergeville is definitely worth the detour. Their sparkling wine is divine and everything is organic. Without being a vineyard, the pastry shop Chez Dorville in Eastman stocks some of the best wines, beers and ciders in the region (even Pinard et Filles on occasion). If you don’t have time to tour the vineyards, at least pick up a few bottles to taste at the chalet.

The Route des vins de Brome-Missisquoi

Without a doubt, Quebec’s most popular wine route, Brome-Missisquoi awaits you with its 22 bucolic vineyards and its white, rosé, red and sparkling wines. You can even do part of the tour by bike if you have the legs and the cardio to navigate the hilly roads. For a picnic, bring your basket full of food and buy a bottle at Léon Courville Vigneron de Lac-Brome . The view of the region and Brome Lake is spectacular.

The Cafés de village

Its cafes are the soul of the various townships villages. You will meet locals and you can stock up on local products. In addition to its cafes, the Townships have many roasting facilities roasting their own coffee including Brûlerie Virgin Hill (Lac-Brome), Julius (Bromont), Fitch Bay Café (Magog), Brûleries Faro (Sherbrooke), Géogène micro-torréfacteur (Sherbrooke) ), Yamabiko (in the Round Top Bagel in Sutton) , Appalaches roaster (Mansonville) and so on. It is even possible to roast a personalized micro lot yourself at Virgin Hill.

Marchés publics des Cantons

 

From June to October, you have the choice among dozens of public markets located all over the Townships. There is something for every taste. We fell in love with the locavore market in Racine and the brand new building of the New France cheese dairy located right next door, the bustling Marché de Bolton-Est where you can have a snack and enjoy the music of local artists and the Sutton Public Market which doesn’t remember those in New England. In short, you will surely find one or more to visit. Most are Saturday mornings, but some take place in the evening, weekdays, or Sunday.

 

Good discoveries! In a future article, we will share with you other favorites from the region, such as the Sutton Round Top Bagels which rivals and even surpasses the quality of those found in Montreal, in addition to being organic! 

 

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