Flavors of Quebec
The “Flavors of Quebec” trip during July 2017 was the second culinary vacation we experienced that was organized by Ms. Devaki Das. This trip was also meticulously planned, including two pre-meetings for the small group of travelers, and then was executed as planned to provide a most enjoyable experience.
This trip uniquely exposed us to the unique history and culture of the Province of Quebec that the French explorers brought to the New World, focusing on its food and architecture. During our exploration of old Montreal and Quebec City, we often felt we were in a French enclave within predominantly English Canada.
The first five days in Montreal and Quebec were jam packed with architectural and historical tours of the cities, historical buildings and museum visits, and visits to local markets and specialty food and beverage shops. Free time was available to either relax or to explore suggested places on our own. We dined at some of the finest restaurants in Canada that specialized in fresh farm to table cuisine and that included chef-led tours of kitchens and extraordinary wine cellars. And, we topped it off with a gourmet cooking lesson of Quebec cuisine.
We recovered from the hectic pace of the cities by exploring the UNESCO Bio Reserve at Charlevoix where we experienced unique tomato wines, goat/cow cheeses, lavender and foie gras production. In addition to enjoying the spa and fine dining at the hotel, we had the opportunity to dine at local establishments, all featuring local farm to table cuisine.
Though all these events were crammed into just 8 days, we had free time to take independent excursions. The one we enjoyed the most was the train trip along the St. Lawrence River from Baie-Saint Paul to La Malbaie where we visited the Fairmont Le Manior Richelieu and hiked along the river cliffs. These and other activities, such as the carriage ride through Old Quebec City, cocktails at Chateau Frontenac, and the picnic lunch amongst the sheep nearby the organic gardens made this vacation most enjoyable and unforgettable!