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The Outaouais Gourmet Festival Reveals its Program
Chelsea, July 13th 2017 – Following the success the event had in 2016 with nearly 5 000 visitors, the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO) and its partners officially launched the second edition of the Outaouais Gourmet Festival today.
This second edition will take place once again on the Hendrick Farm in Chelsea and will be the occasion for gourmets of all ages to come and make tasty discoveries while learning a bit more about the agrifood sector surrounding them.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CED said that “The agri-food industry plays an important role in economic development and job creation throughout the regions of Quebec. The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais (TAO), a key partner of Outaouais producers and artisans wanting to commercialize their products outside the province. I wish all the producers a wonderful 2017 Outaouais Gourmet Festival!”
William Amos, Member of Parliament for Pontiac, stated “ I am very pleased that the federal government is investing in the ‘Outaouais Gourmet Festival, which showcases Outaouais agri-food products. The Outaouais agricultural and agri-food sector is very promising for the Pontiac electoral district and I strongly support this thriving industry.”
The Outaouais Gourmet Festival is a wonderful way to showcase local products and their producers. Not only does this event offer Quebecers the occasion to discover quality products to savor, this festival of flavors allows entrepreneurs to exhibit their culinary knowledge and promote their products. It is events like these that contribute to the dynamic character of our region and that encourage vitality in the Quebec agro-food sector.
Mme Stéphanie Vallée, deputy from Gatineau, minister of Justice and minister responsible for the Outaouais region
“The MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais is proud to support financially the Outaouais Gourmet Festival. This event is a must for the producers of the entire region wishing to showcase their products to the populations from both sides of the Ottawa river. Welcome to Chelsea, in the Collines-de-l’Outaouais and enjoy!” says Mr. Robert Bussière, mayor of La Pêche and prefect of the MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais.
Like last year, the event will be entirely dedicated to the region’s producers that will propose for the occasion bites of all sorts on Sunday the 27th of August. Also, special attention will go towards giving kids the opportunity to learn more about agricultural production through different educative activities. The Outaouais Gourmet Festival is the ideal occasion to discover products from here and the artisans that create them with passion, and this through the tasting of numerous gourmet bites. On the menu:
¨ Tastings of products from the region
¨ Musical animation
¨ Culinary demonstrations done in partnership with the Tournée des chefs IGA
¨ Play area with bouncy castles and makeup artists
¨ Other activities with the agricultural theme
This year, the Outaouais Gourmet Festival will be presided by Mr. Jean-Claude Chartrand, chef owner of the L’Orée du bois restaurant. Mr. Chartrand proposes a fine French cuisine rich in top quality local products from the Outaouais region.
“The Municipality of Chelsea is delighted to welcome the Outaouais Gourmet Festival for its second season! This event, which will take place on the Hendrick Farm, reminds us the importance of the region’s producers in providing local products to both our residents and to visitors. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming you this summer!” mentions Ms. Caryl Green, mayor of Chelsea.
Mr. Sylvain Lefebvre, president of the Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais mentioned : “The second edition of the Fête gourmande de l’Outaouais will pursue the same objective, to place the spotlight on the agro-food enterprises in Outaouais and those entrepreneurs that boast a wide variety of tasty and succulent products. The aim of this event is equally to promote the exchange between consumers and producers, between rurality and urban life, and to galvanize, through agricultural and culinary know-how, a pride in the beautiful territory that is Outaouais.”
The TAO would like to thank our partners without which this event would not have been possible : Développement économique Canada pour les régions du Québec (DEC), le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation (MAPAQ), la Municipalité régionale de comté des Collines-de-l’Outaouais (MRC), le Centre local de développement des Collines-de-l'Outaouais, Transcollines, Le Nordik, Gazifère, la Municipalité de Chelsea, Tourisme Outaouais, RougeFm, LeDroit, Desjardins, la Tournée des chefs « Goûtez le Québec », Mme Stéphanie Vallée, députée de Gatineau, ministre de la Justice et ministre responsable de la région de l’Outaouais and Hendrick Farm for their hospitality.
Directeur Table agroalimentaire de l’Outaouais