Sutton, Quebec: a destination filled with culinary delights
Our visit to the Eastern Townships of Quebec could not be complete without a day in Sutton, a tiny community that is big on taste.
There are only 2,000 full-time residents in Sutton, Quebec, but the town’s population doubles in winter when skiers take to the nearby slopes. There is a notable presence of residents of Swiss heritage, which explains why the community has a strong focus on food, wine, craft beer, and European-style chocolate.
We were fortunate to have a guided tour of the town’s creative and culinary highlights with Liane Bruneau, the general manager of Sutton’s Economic Development Corporation and welcome centre. Liane was the perfect guide for our tour. She knows everyone in town, what they’re up to, and the best tastes for any gourmande to enjoy.
chocolate in sutton quebec
An extra special addition to our tour was a visit to the Chocolaterie Belge Muriel, a small chocolate shop in the Belgian tradition run by mother and son team Muriel Norka and her son Marek Latzmann. Muriel originally hails from Bolivia, but has been gone a long time and was unaware that Bolivia is now growing some excellent cacao. I encouraged her to look into getting Bolivian cocoa to make her own South-American inspired chocolates. The shop is currently focusing on traditional Belgian-style chocolates. There is a small chocolate museum on-site that traces the history of cacao from its roots in Mesoamerica to modern-style chocolate in North America.
In addition to the chocolate shop, we visited a European-style bakery, a gourmet cheese and culinary shop, a catering company with sought-after flair, and a wool shop, ending up at the local brewhouse where we enjoyed a delicious lunch with some locally made beer.
There are three vineyards right in the Sutton area, and a total of 24 throughout the Eastern Townships. The region is home to a wine route festival and an arts festival during the summer months, so if you love handcrafted creations, do put Sutton and the Eastern Townships of Quebec on your radar–for the skiing and outdoor beauty, for festivals and local French-Canadian culture, and for the top notch culinary treats.