It’s sugaring off time! And time for organic, local and home-made flavours.

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27 February 2018

The days are getting longer, the weather’s warming up, and spring is finally right around the corner. That means it’s sugaring off time in Québec! Get out your checkered shirt and get ready for some delicious ways to enjoy our own world-famous maple syrup.

 

Organic all the way!

Boldwin is dedicated to going organic, so it’s no surprise that we sought out sugar shacks who share our philosophy and serve up organic fare. These fill up fast, so book your reservations soon!

Ferme Le Crépuscule is located near Trois-Rivières, offering pea soup, buckwheat pancakes, chicken bacon, eggs in syrup, and maple taffy—all made with organic ingredients. After your meal, take a walk on the trails or visit the farm and savour the country air!

Bistreau d’érable is 1.5 hours south of Québec City and serves up organic meals for young and old alike. Along with their certified organic maple syrup, they use a wide range of local products in all their cooking. Stretch your legs afterwards with a walk around the site or a snowshoe tour of the maple grove.

Cabane à tuque is set in the Mont-Tremblant region and specializes in vegetarian versions of your favourite sugar-shack treats, made primarily with local organic ingredients. Discover vegan cretons, beans without the pork, and millet vegetable pie. You may even have room leftover for maple taffy on snow!

 

BYOBeer to the sugar shack!

Sugar shacks don’t always offer a wide variety of choices when it comes to beer. The solution? Head to a sugar shack that’s BYOB! From the Outaouais to Gaspé, Lanaudière, and the Montérégie, you’ll find many places that allow you to bring along your favourite brew.

Here are a few ideas for perfect pairings:

  • White beer or pale ale is a great way to start your meal and accompany pea soup, cretons, and other entrees.
  • A bubbly blond or pale ale adds a touch of lightness between bites for dishes like ham, omelettes, sausages, baked beans, and other classics on the heavy side.
  • Citrus beer is a sweet way to enjoy desserts like sugar pie, eggs in syrup, and all your other sugar shack favourites. Try a rich and well-rounded rousse, too.

 

Sweeten up your home-cooked meals.

If you don’t want to head out to the sugar shack, let the sugar shack come to you! Here are a few ideas for classic dishes with a maple twist that you can make at home.

Start your meal with pea soup (French only)—the comfort food that’s a meal in itself!

Then move on to Slow Cooker Maple and Beer Braised Ham, which is easy to prepare and pairs well with vegetables roasted with a drizzle of olive oil… and a touch of maple syrup!

End on a sweet note with Boldwin Poor Man’s Pudding, a new twist on an old favourite with a hint of Boldwin rousse. It will cut the sugary taste of the dessert while adding some delightful citrus flavours. Have leftovers in the can? What better way to accompany your cooking!

Cheers and enjoy the sugaring off season!

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