2011 ACS Conference Tours

MONTRÉAL FROMAGERIE EXPERIENCE
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, $80 per person
Bus departs from and returns to The Westin Montréal

Discover the important role cheese plays in Montréal’s unique culture! You’ll begin with a visit to Fromagerie Affineur Maître Corbeau for a tasting with owner and Québec cheese expert André Piché. This small quaint shop accommodates over 220 cheeses – but can accommodate just half our group at a time – so we’ll split up and half will enjoy a coffee break next door at Le Lapin Pressé (a café and “grillcheeserie”). We’ll return to the bus for an expertly guided tour showcasing Montreal’s neighborhoods, architecture, history, and, of course, culinary highlights. You’ll pass through different neighborhoods to learn how Montréalers live: the Mont-Royal, le Plateau, Old Montréal. The next stop is a Montréal gem, Atwater Market, a public market overflowing with fresh produce, cheeses, bakeries, flowers, and more! A lunch of Montréal’s famous smoked meats will be served at the city’s classic Restaurant Brisket, said to serve the best smoked meat sandwich in town. After lunch, the bus will take you to the Montérégie region in Southwest Québec to visit Fromagerie Ruban Bleu where the owner of this farmstead goat cheese dairy will share her experiences – and introduce you to her herd of 80 Toggenburg goats!

Full day tour includes: Motorcoach transportation, professional tour guide, all tastings and presentations, coffee break, lunch, and all taxes.

EASTERN TOWNSHIPS & ABBEY ON THE LAKE
8:00 am – 5:30 pm, $85 per person
Bus departs from and returns to The Westin Montréal

We invite you to discover the Eastern Townships, a region of Québec filled with picturesque vistas, quaint villages, and welcoming locals. Our first stop will be the pleasant ambiance of L’Échoppe des Fromages. Meet the passionate owner of this 20-year-old family-owned business, and taste some delicious Québec cheeses. You’ll continue on to IGA Louise Ménard, a popular Québec grocery chain with a proactive and creative owner who sets her retail environments apart. You’ll enjoy lunch at the Cep d’Argent Winery. Located amidst bucolic scenery on the shore of Lake Memphremagog, this winery benefits from its unique micro-climate. A visit, tasting, and delicious lunch allow you to discover yet another great Québec product. From the winery, you’ll travel to the Abbaye Saint-Benoit-du-Lac (Abbey of St. Benedict of the Lake), a monastery built in 1912 by Benedictine Monks. St. Benedict said that to be a true Monk, one must live from the work of one’s hands. The monks of Saint-Benoit-du-Lac make their living by operating a cheese factory, apple orchard, cider factory, and farm. A private visit led by the monks will showcase this unique monastery.

Full day tour includes: Motorcoach transportation, professional tour guide(s), all tastings and presentations, lunch, and all taxes.