Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Local poutine and beer big hit with food tour
The fame St-Albert’s cheese curds and the gourmet-quality poutine available at the village’s cheese factory could soon draw international food fans from New York and Vermont states to Prescott-Russell before the year is out.
“How can you not like poutine?” said Tara Pereira, an official with the Vermont Fresh Network during a Wednesday visit to the St-Albert Cheese Factory.
Pereira and other members of a group representing state agricultural bureaus, tourism agencies, university departments, and businesses in New York and Vermont were on a tour through Eastern Ontario and Western Québec organized by CANAMEX, an agency involved in developing bilateral business projects between Canada and the United States which relate to agriculture.
The focus of the tour was promotion of a planned international food trail project linking the states of New York and Vermont with the provinces of Ontario and Québec. Prescott-Russell is part of the Ontario section of the tour route along with Ottawa and the October 17 stopover featured visits at the St-Albert Cheese Factory and at La Brasserie Étienne Brulé Brewery in Embrun (see photo), one of several craft breweries in Prescott-Russell.
David Gillespie, CANAMEX founder and spokesman, noted that feedback so far from everyone in the tour group is very positive about Prescott-Russell’s popularity potential as part of the international food tour route.
“From what everybody’s said, they’d like to be back here again tomorrow,” Gillespie said. “It (food trail project) looks very good.”