Foods of Québec
Countless made-in-Québec delights to discover!
Québec’s culinary heritage has been booming over the past few years-in fact, it’s shaping up to be a real gourmet revolution. This excitement toward local cuisine is driven by several internationally celebrated Québec chefs, their stream of recipe books that are selling like hot cakes, the proliferation of renowned restaurants, the growing popularity of gourmet events, the myriad of food festivals, and the diversification of our own food culture. Above all, the success of Québec cuisine stems from its products’ quality and diversity. Here are a few must-see selections that define local flavours. No need for moderation here!
Small in size, big on taste
Summer brings us a wide array of small fruits, blueberries, strawberries, wild blackberries, cloudberries, blackberries, cranberries and blackcurrants you can enjoy raw, in derivatives such as jam or jelly, or in desserts. Now is the perfect time to cook up these little marvels and prepare some preserves so you can enjoy local flavours all winter long! This summer, come pick your own berries or visit our many public markets and discover our seasonal products.
Yummy yummy yummy, I got veggies in my tummy!
You’ll find all sorts of delicious products here, including root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beets and potatoes; wild vegetables such as fiddleheads, wild garlic and wild mushrooms; as well as more traditional fare like corn, cabbage, squashes, onions and leeks. Most of these are available year-round in our grocery stores, or in markets and farms on the agritourism route. Pick your own or buy them in public markets to add some freshness to your dishes!
Hard, semi-hard, soft, blue-veined, moulded and washed rinds… with over 500 varieties, Québec boasts cheese for all palates. Perhaps you’ve already sampled Fromagerie du Presbytère’s Taliah, Fromagerie Nouvelle-France’s La Madelaine, or Fromagerie Bergeron’s delicious Louis Cyr, just a few cheesemakers honoured with international awards during the 2016 edition of the Sélection Caeus contest. Discover cider and cheese pairings, explore the cheesemaker route, enjoy local cheeses during culinary events or consult our list of Québec cheesemakers. Give in to the temptation!
Craving a taste of the sea?
Discover delicious seafood to add to your dishes and recipes, including smoked fish, Nordic shrimp, scallops, lobster, mussels, clams, cod, herring, halibut, turbot, mackerels, tomcod and capelin. Enjoy lesser-known treasures, such as soft-shell clams, whelks or razor shells. Explore the ocean’s bounty at our restaurants, on fishing cruises, at the Musée de la mer, or visit a smokehouse to sample salted fish.
Make room on your plates for increasingly exotic game and meats
Québec’s meat staples include lamb, duck, foie gras, pork, veal, beef and chicken, but Quebecers’ tastes have grown, with new market additions including ostrich, elk, bison, red stag, wild boar, alpaca and many more… If you’re looking to discover some new flavours, stop by our agritourism farms or explore our culinary discovery routes. Enjoy!
Local beers and spirits
Québec boasts many producers covering everything from beers (microbrewery, dark, red and white), to ciders (ice, fire, sparkling and still), dessert wines, red and white wines, meads and maple varieties… plenty of choices to pair with your favourite dishes and liven up your events! Discover what’s on offer on the Route des bières de l’Est-du-Québec or the Wine Route. Nothing better than enjoying nature with a nice glass of wine!
This spring, come discover our delicious maple products. Seasonal temperatures, which dip below freezing at night and warm up during the day, help produce sap. Once processed, it yields delicious maple derivatives, such as syrup, butter, soft sugar and taffy. Make your reservations in any of our countless sugar shacks to enjoy traditional Québec cuisine, or add maple syrup to your recipes for a little taste of Québec on your plate.