Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sweet Surrender

By Katharine Fletcher
(translation to French by Natalie Richard)

In Quebec and Ontario, a springtime sugar shack excursion is de rigueur, with traditional comfort foods — drenched in syrup — and horse-drawn sleigh rides through the woods being the main attractions. But, what’s new in this sweet old world?

Quebec alone produces more than 75% of the world’s maple syrup. The province’s maple producers’ association, the Fédération des producteurs acéricoles du Québec (FPAQ), has created the Maple Gourmet Road, with stops in 19 regions doling out a wealth of information for aficionados of all ages. The trail is lined with all kinds of maple-related enterprises, including the Maple Masters (a handpicked group of particularly creative producers and processors), and a hundred artisanal bakeries, pastry shops, charcuteries, chocolate shops, and candy makers, where you’ll discover new products, regional specialties, traditional  recipes, and unique gifts.
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Published VIA Destinations, March-April 2013. 
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