The best sugar shacks in and around Montréal – 2021 edition

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

When it’s sugar shack time, Montrealers know spring is around the corner. Maple lovers don’t have to go far: this year, sugar shacks are bringing this sweet Québec tradition to you with great pick-up and delivery options. Below is a list of a few ways to get your sugar shack fix in and around Montréal.

Restaurant meals

Once again, Caribou Gourmand is bringing its highly anticipated weekend maple brunch for you to enjoy at home. The menu consists of cabane à sucre classics as well as more creative dishes laden with maple syrup, of course. Pick and s choose among all the dishes available and create your perfect sugar shack brunch to reheat at home. (Weekends from until April 4th)

Griffintown’s Perles et Paddock is serving a sugar shack menu to enjoy at home. The traditional menu items such as split pea soup and the soufflé omelette are elevated and share the spotlight with more original dishes such as the maple-lacquered braised porchetta and the frozen maple parfait with, haskap, sunflower and buckwheat. Perles et Paddock is also offering a vegetarian sugar shack menu. 

Comptoir Sainte-Cécile lunch and brunch counter has carved itself a spot on the city's best brunch list, and for good reason. The brunches created by chefs Ségué Lepage and Adèle Prud’homme are always delicious. Their brunches and lunches are delicious under any circumstance but the maple one is extra delightful. Expect maple donuts, pea soup, pizza topped with tourtière, and a thick-cut brioche French toast (made with brioche from the Guillaume bakery) and topped with maple ham, hollandaise, parsnip puree and a poached egg. (March 28 and 29 and April 4 and 5)

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth’s Marché Artisans has become a destination for food lovers looking for a wide variety of high quality food to delight in. Their maple brunch kit for 2 is a mix of traditional sugar shack dishes and more creative ones, but always with maple syrup as a common ingredient. The kit is available for takeout or delivery. (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, March 19 to April 18)

Wellington Street’s brunch restaurant Well is not letting this strange year stop it from delivering the best sugar shack-inspired brunch menu for you to enjoy at home. Vegetarian option available.

Festivals and celebrations

Promenade Wellington’s famous Cabane Panache, the trendiest sugar shack in town, is inviting itself into your home this year. On the menu this season: cocktail creations, sugar shack brunch boxes, a logging area on Wellington and more surprises that are not revealed yet. Each sugaring off kit is composed several dishes, each cooked by a Wellington restaurant. Keep an eye on their website for additional announcements because this event does not disappoint. (Delivery on Friday, March 19 and 26th, 2021, between 9 am – 5 pm)

Fleury west in Ahuntsic is taking its annual maple-laden rendez-vous to social media (March 22-26). La cabane à Floa celebration of all things maple, will be taking place over several days. More details about the event will be available on their website soon.

Sugar shacks

If a real sugar shack experience is what you’re after, be sure to check out Sucrerie de la Montagne from mid-February until the end of April. Named a Québec heritage site and situated amid a 120-acre forest of century-old maple trees atop Mont Rigaud (an hour away from downtown Montréal), this legendary spot is offering take away meals this year for the sugaring off season. You can also order their menu through the Ma cabane à la maison platform (see below).

For another authentic experience of Québec sugar shacks, visit the Apple Sugar Shack of Labonté de la Pomme. Known as the first apple shack in Québec, this family-run establishment located 45 minutes outside the city offers a traditional menu influenced by its specialty, apples. From March to April, choose among their gastronomic or traditional menus and add on one of several maple, apple or honey products. Vegetarian menus are available. You can also order from Labonté de la Pomme through the Ma cabane à la maison platform (see below).

Chef Martin Picard runs what is perhaps the most famous sugar shack in Québec. This season, his Au Pied de Cochon sugar shack is partnering up with neighbor chef Vincent Dion Lavallée’s La Cabane d’à Côté on a take-home box to celebrate the season at home. The generous box for 2 contains such delicious items as baked beans with meatballs, foie gras parfait with maple gelée and maple crème caramel.

The maple experience at home

In an effort to save Québec’s maple businesses who depend on the season for their survival, over 70 sugar shacks from all over the province have gotten together under the Ma cabane à la maison platform to bring the maple experience into your home. Some of the shacks are even offering a traditional music show, virtual, of course! The user-friendly platform assigns a list of shacks to you according to your geolocalisation. You can have the meal delivered to your door or to the closest Metro supermarket. You can help save Québec’s very own golden crop by ordering more than once!

Prêt à table Montréal-based food delivery service has created a meal kit that celebrates the season. Prêt à table’s generous sugar shack kit is easy to assemble and reheat at home. Tourtière, maple ham, beans, maple tart and more are all on the menu. Kits are available for 2 or 4 people.

L’aKabane’s online boutique delivers sugar shack meals all over the province. Place your order on their website and choose between a traditional box or more deluxe box for 2 or 4 people, as well as individual items.  The boxes are delivered to your doorstep with reheating instructions.

Les Weekendeurs is a food delivery service that delivers boxes containing meals from some of Montréal’s best chefs and restaurants. Brunch boxes for 2 and 4 people will be available in regular and vegan options. The boxes will contain extensive menus with dishes cooked by several restaurants including Well, Tendresse and Pullman and maple syrup by Nos Cabanes.

Markets

Montréal’s public markets have a slew of maple-related activities and treats available this season, from maple taffy to a seasonal maple water sorbet. Maple stands abound at all market locations starting in early March and until late April. While you’re there, stock up on your yearly supply of maple syrup, which you can purchase directly from the producers.

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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