THE BROME LAKE DUCK FEST RETURNS TO KNOWLTON

2008-09-08, from Member
KNOWLTON, QC. – Where in the world can you get a cooking lesson from the Mayor while sipping wine and listening to great music? In Knowlton, that’s where. Famous the world over for its Brome Lake duck, the village of Knowlton (Lac-Brome) is already gearing up for its now famous fall street festival, the Brome Lake DuckFest.

The village of Knowlton, known one of Quebec’s most beautiful villages, will transform itself over two weekends this fall. This year’s festival promises to be a feast for the senses, both culinary and visual, as autumn’s colours will be out in all their splendour.

Street festival featuring regional products and music

The street festival kicks off two activity-packed weekends, September 20-21 and September 27-28, 2008. The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dozens of local producers and wineries will be present in the Park to tempt the tastebuds with their interesting and tasty offerings from duck patés, maple syrup and local wines to artisanal soaps and lotions. Musicians, artists, entertainment and games for children are also on the agenda. Of course, duck specialties will be on the menus of all the local restaurants. Music is also taking on increased importance in the Festival. In addition to the live musicians throughout the day, four well-known performers will offer free concerts in the park, each day at the end of the afternoon.

The Festival’s artistic side

New this year is spokesperson, Jean-François Plante, a culinary chronicler with Salut Bonjour at TVA, also well-known from radio and television and co-founder of the bistros L'Aromate.

Again this year, artist Marie-Andrée Leblond has designed and painted the DuckFest poster. It is sure, again, to become a collector's item for those connoisseurs of both art and gastronomy, as are her others. The poster will be for sale in many of the village’s boutiques and the Chamber of Commerce tourist offices in Brome Lake.

Culinary demonstrations

The most popular activities during the festival are the daily culinary demonstrations offered by the many different chefs of the region. Following the demonstrations, the audience partakes of the chef’s offerings and it’s an excellent occasion for connoisseurs to learn the secrets of the art of cooking and serving duck.

Top on this list of chefs is Richard Wisdom, mayor of the Town of Brome Lake, a self-taught gastronome who, with the Festival, has found the perfect outlet for his culinary talents. In addition, Jean- François Plante, our spokesperson will share with the audience his passion for duck in the afternoon of September 27th. Other renowned chefs of the region will also be there for the pleasure of the duck lovers.

The demonstrations will take place in Coldbrook Park in the centre of the village.
For lovers of fine food and wines, The Brome Lake DuckFest offers the perfect excuse for a delicious week-end in Knowlton while enjoying the charm and ambience of this historic village on the shores of Brome Lake.

The great duck race

On Sunday, September 28, the popular Great Duck Race will take place on Coldbrook River that runs through the centre of Knowlton. Thousands of yellow rubber duckies will be released at the top of Mill Pond dam where participants and “duck sponsors” can follow their ducks progress along the Coldbrook walking path to the finish line at Knowlton Academy bridge. Among the $15,000 worth of prizes is a trip for two to Zurich, courtesy of SwissAir.

How to get to Knowlton

From Montreal (Champlain Bridge) you take the Eastern Townships Autoroute 10 to Exit 90 (Lac Brome), then right on route 243 South for 10 km.
From Vermont, Route 89 north to the border, then follow 133 North to Bedford, 202 East to Cowansville and 104 East to Knowlton.

For further information, please call our toll-free number at 1-877-242-2870 or 450-242-2870 or visit our Web sites at www.bromelakeduckfest.com  or www.knowltonquebec.ca.  

Source:
Joëlle Chartrand
General Manager
Brome Lake Chamber of Commerce
Tel : 450-242-2870
E-mail : joelle@cclacbrome.com

 
 

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