Saveurs & tentations
I went of Saveurs & tentations (It’s a new trade show dedicated to local food in Old Montreal). It was a great opportunity to sample some regional products that we don’t normally get in Montreal. I discovered a blackcurrant liqueur from Mona & filles that was exquisite. Any one else want to share a local discovery so I can track it down and try it?
No! No! No! Don't tell people about the Mona and Filles creme de cassis. SAQ carries it but they run out very very quickly. If more people find out how amazing it tastes it will be even harder to find.
I am going to make myself a Keir Royale and pray that Mona & Filles increases their production.
I just went this friday and I had a lot of fun. I really went for the tasting rather than to go buy food to bring home though. There were all kinds of food: cheeses, meats, bread etc and a lot of wines. I would say that the cost of the coupons for the tasting was worth it. Each merchant made up their own costs for the coupons and some charged more than others. For example one place had raclette melted over baguette, a German wiener and a little bunch of grapes for 5 coupons (5 bucks), another place had one single shrimp in sauce for 3 coupons. I went with a friend and she spent 30 coupons and I spent 20. There were a few places that only took money though which was a bit annoying. I actually liked the coupons in that I didn't have to keep on dragging my purse out to buy stuff.
I discovered mona & filles products when we went to ile d'orleans to do our own culinary tour of the fabulous food sites all over this beautiful island, they have a showroom with all their products and tastings offered as well
http://www.cassismonna.com/en/home they have some recipes on this website, points of sale and other info; we brought back some of their products for gifts for friends. We had excellent meal in the terrace of their restaurant overlooking the river and of course blackcurrants were the focus of the food served http://www.iledorleans.com/eng/artisans/restaurant-terrasse-la-monnaguette.asp
I would highly recommend this trip to discover the foodie pleasures on ile d'orleans, the tourist office at entrance to island gives you maps and suggestions for culinary highlights
But back to topic, was it worth the cost of coupons for tastings, would like to know your impressions before heading down there, I had added a list of exhibitors in earlier posting about historic market in Old montreal the following weekend