POU­TINE AND BEER BIG HIT WITH FOOD TOURISTS

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

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 Pres­cottRus­sell be­fore the year is over.

“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

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.

plan­ned in­ter­na­tio­nal food trail pro­ject lin­king the states of New York and Ver­mont with the pro­vinces of On­ta­rio and Qué­bec. Pres­cottRus­sell 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 Etienne Brule Bre­we­ry in Em­brun, 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 said, they’d like to be back here again to­mor­row,” Gilles­pie said. “It (food trail pro­ject) looks ve­ry good.”

—pho­to Gregg Cham­ber­lain

Alis­sa Mat­thews (left) and Ta­ra Pe­rei­ra, both from Ver­mont, en­joyed their taste of ge­nuine pou­tine from the St-Al­bert Cheese Fac­to­ry. The two were part of the Canamex tour group of de­le­gates from va­rious go­vern­ment, bu­si­ness, and uni­ver­si­ty groups from New York and Ver­mont states sam­pling lo­cal be­ve­rages and cui­sine, as part of an in­ter­na­tio­nal food trail tou­ring part­ner­ship bet­ween the two states and the pro­vinces of On­ta­rio and Qué­bec.

—pho­to Gregg Cham­ber­lain

Le fonc­tion­ne­ment de la Bras­se­rie Étienne Bru­lé, l’une des deux bras­se­ries ar­ti­sa­nales d’Em­brun, et de la Fro­ma­ge­rie St-Al­bert s’est ré­vé­lé très in­tri­guant pour cer­tains membres du groupe de dé­lé­gués du cir­cuit Canamex, lors de leur pas­sage dans la ré­gion Pres­cott-Rus­sell le 18 oc­tobre der­nier. Le groupe com­prend des re­pré­sen­tants de di­vers groupes gou­ver­ne­men­taux, d’en­tre­prises et d’uni­ver­si­tés des États de New York et du Ver­mont qui ont dé­gus­té les bois­sons et la cui­sine lo­cales, dans le cadre d’un par­te­na­riat in­ter­na­tio­nal de tour­née de sen­tiers ali­men­taires entre les deux États et les pro­vinces de l’On­ta­rio et du Qué­bec.

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