Overall Rating…3 stars
When I came across a festival that was close by and all about creating a Québec-style cabane à sucre, I had to add it into my calendar. They were extremely lucky as this time of year our weather can be a bit…random, (might be nice, or it could be -30C and snowing), but this weekend happened to be exceptional beautiful. The Saturday was by far much warmer and nicer than Sunday, but Sunday was still unseasonably warm.
I was a bit disappointed with the festival overall despite the sunshine. First off, they had an amazing venue. Sugar beach offers waterside view, sand under your feet, muskoka chairs to relax on, and the concrete jungle. There is a lot of space to work with. This festival however had only a few small “shacks” set up (maybe around 5-6) and not a single one of them sold maple syrup. It seemed a bit weird to go to a sugar festival where there was nothing to buy really except for a small frozen syrup on a stick or food truck food.
The entertainment was also plentiful and talented. We saw Stef Paquette group and they were fantastic. Entertained the crowd and I loved their authentic Quebec sound.
The maple taffy (maple syrup, poured on ice, then wrapped around a popsicle stick) was really good and brought back some childhood memories of visiting Quebec City. There was only 3 food trucks at this event including Beavertails, The Great Canadian Food Truck and Wickedly Sinful. Bottom line was there was not a ton of food for what seemed to be a food based festival. I ended up purchasing from Wickedly Sinful and I really enjoyed the 2 poutines from there, however I would have thought there would be more maple syrup items like, candies, waffles, cupcakes, pancakes, crepes, etc. but it was pretty much all poutine and then the beavertail. It was very nice how they had a shack offering free hot chocolate!
So would I go back…I think it would depend on when and what the weather is. It wasn’t great enough for me to go rain or shine, but I also wouldn’t completely right it off. I hope that they get some feedback that they need more attractions/booths at this event and more maple syrup in general! Venue and performers are great, now lets get the food and available items there too. I think this could be at the same level as the Distillery Districts Christmas Market if they help it get there. If you just want to go to a festival where you try lots of different maple syrups, learn about maple syrup and can buy maple syrup this is not for you. If you are looking for good Quebec music, maple taffy and some food truck food, then definitely check it out