Lots of Great Events for January 2013

January 04, 2013

Happy New Year Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely holiday time with your friends and family. January is ususally the time of year when people tend to stay home after spending and eating too much. Before you make that decision yourself, here’s a list of great activities for small budgets that will make this month special!

La Fache Cachée de la Pomme

La Face Cachée de La Pomme

My favorite apple ice wine maker is starting its annual Snow Day Neige! On every week-end between January 5th to January 27th, the owners François Pouliot and Stéphanie Beaudoin will host a half-day tour of their facilities in Hemmingford.

The visit will include:

  • Guided tours 5, 6, 13, 19, 20, 26 & January 27 at 10 h, 1 h 30 & 3 PM.
  • Tasting ciders with product of Quebec Terroir: cheeses, bouchées fines, foie gras and macaroons.
  • Culinary demonstrations from L’Atelier Culinaire.
  • Tasting of NEIGE taffy on snow.
  • Special promotions in the boutique.
  • 4 prizes total: 1/ week. Visitors will be likely to win:

    • one of two passes for two people for the water circuit at Bota Bota. A value of $110/each.
    • one of two certificates for two people for a night in an establishment of Hôtellerie Champêtre including supper and lunch for 2 two people. A value of $500/each

I have tried it myself a few years ago and I had a blast! The road to their winery is beautiful and the visit was very interesting. I heard they even let you bite in a frozen apple before tasting the end product nowadays.

And the best of it all, the whole activity is free. Click here for more information about the Snow Day Neige. You are not required to RSVP as long as you plan your visit around one of the guided tour hours.


Le Happening Gourmand

Another fun yearly event that only happens in January is Le Happening Gourmand. It’s a great PR event thrown by the family owner of multiple restaurants in the Old Montreal. I find that it’s a great chance to see what’s out there especially if you’re not one to wander in the area much for food thinking it might be too expensive or a tourist trap.

The concept is simple, get a 3-course meal for either $23 or $27 depending on the restaurant. The price is the same whether you go for lunch or dinner so I highly recommend dinner! The meal includes an appetizer (2 choices), a main course (3 choices) and a dessert (2 choices).

For $23, you will be able to try:

For $27:

The promotion starts Thursday January 10th and I suggest you make reservations in advance for the whole month. For more information or to view the menus, click here.

Nouveau Palais

Nouveau Palais presents Pearls Before Swine

This one’s not a yearly thing but who knows, it might become a January tradition too!

Nouveau Palais is teaming up with Whalesbone Oyster House and Rodney’s Oyster Depot to cast pearls of PEI’s finest and freshest.

Owner, Joshua Bishop started The Whalesbone Oyster Catering & Co. in 2001, working from his parents home. Since then he has partnered up with Peter McCallum to open an oyster house in the heart of Ottawa and a retail oyster & fish supply that purveys quality, sustainable products to the public.

Rodney’s Oyster Depot has been a loyal supplier and want to bring their flavour to Montreal. ROD strives for quality, the oysters have the subtle flavors of the sweet sea.

We feel a feast coming.

You may already know how I feel about Nouveau Palais and Gita Seaton who is one of the owners. There is always some fun event coming up in this old school dinner taken over by talented cooks.

So if you’re watching your weight after eating all that turkey, there’s no reason to feel bad about eating a lot of oysters. Click here to rsvp to the event.


That’s pretty much what I got so far. I would love to hear about other cool foodie events happening this month so don’t hesitate to comment below.

Written by Sofia Shendi who lives and works in Montreal, as the CTO of Tastet. Join me on Twitter

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