Fete des Vendanges Celebrates Fall Harvest in Magog, Canada

By Victoria@celebratetheweekend
In Canada
Sep 4th, 2017
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2017 UPDATE: The Fete is happening over two weekends: September 2-4 and September 9-10! See you in Magog!

If the name of this blog is of any indication, looking for ways to celebrate weekends is my passion!  On a recent September weekend (which happened to be our anniversary), we headed to Magog, Canada, just over the Canadian border (4.5 hour drive from Boston).  I already told you why Magog is a great weekend destination (particularly for a couple’s getaway).   During this early fall trip, we have happened upon the annual Magog’s Harvest Festival known locally as Fete des Vendanges Magog-Oxford.  If you are planning a visit to Magog in the fall, be sure to include this celebration of wine and food in your Magog fall weekend agenda!

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

Lake Memphremagog is right behind the degustation pavilion

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

WHAT IS IT?

Fete des Vendanges Magog-Oxford gathers over 100 regional wine and food producers (majority of them from Magog-Oxford area – within 40 kilometers of Magog) during several weekends in September on the shores of beautiful Lake Memphremagog. The emphasis is on local wines, but there are cheeses, foie gras, charcuterie products, fruit preserves, oils and vinegars and much more.  The festival kicks off fall activities in the Eastern Townships region and has been around since 1993.

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

Tasting with local Magog winery Le Cep d’Argent, the organizer of the first Festival back in 1993

HOW DOES IT WORK

An entrance ticket ($25 CAN this year) gets you access to the main degustation Pavilion, your own wine glass (to keep) and 20 degustation coupons.

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Inside, your surrender 1-4 coupons at each vendor stand (some stands do not require any coupons for tasting). You can buy additional coupons if you run out.

Here is how I spent my tasting coupons:

The foie gras:

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

The Cheese

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

Cheese from Saint Benedict Abbey, Quebec

 

The Cassis

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

The oils and vinegars (I think no-coupons were needed for this one )

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

 

And even more foie gras:

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WHAT IS THERE TO DO?

Aside from wine/food degustation, you can enjoy live music line up, cooking demonstrations from Canadian celebrity chiefs, or play a wine game to see if you can identify the one from Quebec (blindfolded).  You can also step out of the tent and have a picnic by the lake, like we did.

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

Anniversary selfie by the lake

CAN YOU BRING THE KIDS?

Yes, you can! While the emphasis is on showcasing regional wines and accompanying foods, your kids can enter the degustation pavilion with you and take breaks in the designated kids area called Zone de Petite raisons with food education activities, circus entertainers and inflatable structures.

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

Why you should make Fete des Vendanges in Magog, Canada, part of your fall calendar

Kids Zone

WHEN TO GO

The festival is happening annually over the course of two consecutive weekends in early September.  I suggest to arrive early in the day (preferably, as soon as the doors open in the morning), and do not wait until the last day – so that you have a chance to come back the following day/weekend- and get more of your favorite tastes!

We attended the show as media representatives and did not receive any compensation for any vendor recommendations.

2 Comments to “Fete des Vendanges Celebrates Fall Harvest in Magog, Canada”

  1. […] National Park Oxford Mountain is beautiful in summer and fall.  The annual September festival  Fête des Vendanges Magog-Orford (right by the Lake) hosts local farmers and winemakers and is a delight for everyone who enjoys […]

  2. […] Townships region in spring and in summer on a couple’s retreat and explored the wine route, Fall Harvest Fest and several spas.  This recent winter weekend 2017 in the town of Sutton was a family one […]

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