Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
Sample some Sherbrooke gastronomy, attend literary lectures, discover the region’s religious heritage, pick-your-own pumpkins and gear up for Halloween – just some of our suggestions for this weekend in the Townships….
Sherbrooke met la table is a gourmet event during which local restaurants offer a three-course, table d’hôte menu, ranging in price from $15-$20 (lunch) and $25-$35 (dinner). Braised lamb shank at Entr’amis, a salad with gravlax (dry-cured salmon) at the Table du Chef or a vegan burger at Auguste (or some other culinary delight)….. Now aren’t those enough to get your taste buds tingling?
October 16-30 │ Participating restaurants and menus│ Reservations advised
The Honourary Patron of the Festival, Louise Penny, is known for her crime novels featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. This year she will be present at the literary event - the perfect opportunity to get your book(s) signed by the author herself. There will be other literary figures giving presentations at the Lit Fest - playwrights, poets and novelists. If you’ve never visited Knowlton before, now is the time to discover one of the most picturesque villages in the Townships!
October 17-20│ Knowlton
Balade des Clochers is a route that takes in seven churches - from Sherbrooke to Wotton, via Racine and Richmond. These sacred buildings belong to the Archdiocese of Sherbrooke and their rich heritage is displayed through their architecture, history and works of art. (Free guided visits.)
For a great family outing, head for the Foire aux citrouilles (« Pumpkin Fair ») at the Verger Le Gros Pierre orchard. 10 varieties of pumpkins, workshops to decorate them, tractor rides, mulled apple juice, a slice of a giant apple pie (only on the Sunday) and a visit to Orise, the witch – a fun-filled fall adventure!
October 19 and 20 (11am-4pm) │Verger Le Gros Pierre, Compton
This weekend marks the 41st edition of the Salon du livre de l’Estrie – a book fair featuring 100 exhibitors from the world of literature. Meet your favourite writers and attend the conferences that are part of the event. Several authors from around the region will be participating - Hervé Gagnon, Véronique Grenier, Amélie Dubois, David Goudreault, Mélanie Noel and Mylène Gilbert-Dumas.
October 17-20 │ Sherbrooke Exhibition Centre
Haunted houses, walks through a spooky forest, pick-your-own pumpkins, live entertainment and workshops about scary monsters - all part of the Halloween experience. Check out our 13 suggestions on how to enjoy Halloween. Woooooooh!