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12 Gourmet Food Stores
Here are some places where you'll be in for a treat, find nice delicacies... and where you'll come back!
Calling all chocolate lovers! A stop at this lovely chocolate shop is essential, if only to get your hands on the Cantons-de-l’Est box. It includes dark chocolate bars stuffed with cream or caramel infused with local flavours, including lavender from Bleu Lavande and ice wine from Le Cep d’Argent. And if you’re in downtown Magog, check out Le Bar à Chocolat, an all-new location on rue Principale.
Tucked next to the Granada Theatre, this shop is a Sherbrooke classic—and for good reason. It offers a vast selection of Townships terroir products, plus breads and pastries from boutique bakery Les Vraies Richesses. You can also drop in for lunch and enjoy an excellent sandwich, grilled cheese, or whatever treats the chef has prepared that day.
Cheese, cheese and more cheese, including (organic!) award-winners like Hatley Road, Alfred Le Fermier and Comtomme. Of course, there’s also an array of other local products to peruse, including many maple-based treats. Finally, since La Station is a cheese factory, after all, why not take the time to learn about the art of cheesemaking—and enjoy a few samples, too.
Looking for terroir flavours? Your prayers will be answered in the basement of Abbaye Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, a veritable treasure trove of otherworldly delights including cheeses, jams, chocolates and compotes handmade by the Abbey’s resident monks. You’ll even find artisanal liquors! Visit in the fall and you can also pick your own apples and pears in the on-property orchards.
The reputation and popularity of the cheeses handcrafted by siblings Marie-Chantal and Jean-Paul Houde is well established. After all, their products, especially sheep milk varieties, consistently take home top honours at cheese competitions. Now, they have a storefront in the heart of their village of Racine. Drop by to buy cheese, of course, as well as delicious maple-flavoured sheep yogurt and other gourmet treats. In the summer, visit on Saturday morning to also enjoy the village’s Marché Locavore.
This pretty brick house in the heart of Sutton serves up excellent breads, pastries, local locals cheeses heeding from the Townships and all over the province, pies, and fine grocery items. Resisting is futile! You’ll leave with treats aplenty—every single time.
Formerly known as Les Vergers de la Colline, Cidery Milton’s store can’t be missed. It’s the perfect spot to stock up on pâtés and pies, plus cider, poultry, honey, apple-based products and a plethora of other gourmet goodies, including the famous Apple Sugar Cream Pie. Make it an afternoon by grabbing a bite at the bistro and, in the fall, picking some apples in the orchard.
Part restaurant, part gourmet grocery store, you’ll find plenty of homemade dishes (both fresh and flash frozen) to enjoy at home—a wholesome and delicious alternative to what you’ll find in grocery stores. The shop also offers an array of craft beers, local wines and gourmet items. A second location is now open on rue Principale in Sutton. The emphasis is on vegan cuisine, but there are to-go options to please vegetarians and omnivores alike.
If you have a sweet tooth, you must stop at this picture-perfect farmhouse in the Granby region. The homemade fudge is to die for! And once you’re there, why not make a day of it? There are plenty of activities for the entire family, including a petting farm, safari and lots of u-pick options in the warmer months.
A stop at Waterville’s Ferme Beaulieu is sure to please—especially if you’re hungry. Follow the aroma of bread freshly baked in the outdoor wood oven, then step inside the expansive farmhouse to prepare a proper feast. You’ll find everything from home-cooked meals and pastries to seasonal fruit and veggies. Happiness guaranteed!
You can’t visit the region without stopping for a cone at this famous spot. If you’re overwhelmed by the options, go for one of the so-called “gourmande” flavours, including Maple Taffy or Pecan, Chocolate and Double Caramel. They’re made according to the original recipe, and a decadent treat for your taste buds.
Maple is the star at this farm, which is tucked in the scenic MRC du Granit. That being said, you’ll also find a wide array of other gourmet goodies, including meat, local products and homemade treats.