Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

The Saint-Roch district in the heart of Quebec City that has gone through a major revitalization recently so that the old factory district has become a trendy area for music, new restaurants, and visual arts.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Quebec City Food Tours

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

While in Quebec City I had the pleasure of joining the Quebec City Food Tours for their 3 hour Saint-Roch food and cultural walking tour, where I learned more about the history of the district while strolling from one amazing foodie hotspot to another.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Starting at Fromagerie Des Grondines my group met our two tour guides, both locals who live in the Saint-Roch district and were passionate about the community and local businesses we visited.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

To start the tasting we sampled local Le Clos Des Roches cheese and Argouille, a carbonated orange coloured drink produced by Achilles Farm, that is made out of sea buckthorn which is also known as “the miracle berry” because it is high in Vitamin C and E that is sweetened with maple syrup to make a delicious beverage.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Next, the tour group sampled a French Canadian classic dish, French Onion soup along with a gourmet grilled cheesed sandwich.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

After this melty stack of grilled cheese sandwiches was served the entire tour group went silent, it was that good everyone just wanted to focus on savoring the food.
Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

The french onion soup with bread and cheese.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Our next stop was Om Prana, a vegan bistro and yoga studio that was bustling inside with locals grabbing a smoothie or some of the amazing healthy meal options such as sandwiches and salads.  Here our tour group got to have an absolutely divine raw avocado lime pie that is topped with shredded coconut. This dish was my favorite on the entire tour as the flavor combination was so fresh, and it so happens we were given the recipe in our walking tour guide book so I’m certainly going to making this dish this summer for my friends.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

The third stop on the food tour was Camellia Sinensis a tea house that offers tea classes, and high-quality tea and cups for sale in a zen environment. Here I tried a hot cup of Labrador tea from local plants grown in Quebec, and the perfect cup of fruity ice tea that was rich in flavor.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

After a bit of exploring the local garden and Saint-Roch Church that is the largest church in Quebec City,  we warmed up for a truly Canadian dish – poutine.  Chez Ashton is a fast-food chain in Quebec that makes all the food fresh to order.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Everyone got their own huge serving of poutine to sample.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Poutine, a dish of French Fries, gravy and cheese curds.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

For the 5th stop on the tour, we visited Champagne Chocolatier, a chocolate shop that offered a vast assortment of high-quality chocolates.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

I had the pleasure of trying the chocolate raspberry truffles which were divine, and unlike many of the fruit flavored chocolates, I’d had in the past it had a distinct taste of fresh raspberries.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Some of the other delicious sweets available

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Joining me for my trip to Quebec City, I also brought along my mother, aunt and grandmother, and this food tour kept all 3 generations of my family happily entertained the entire time. While the food was all delicious, and their knowledge of the areas was extensive it was their warmth and attentiveness to everyone in the group that made the tour outstanding.

In the photo above is my dear grandmother who will be celebrating her 80th birthday in a few days and has several dietary restrictions. Throughout the tour one of the guides would keep walking near her, allowing her to walk at a slower pace, or would find her a chair so she could rest her feet if the rest of the group was standing. Several times alternate food items were provided for her to eat, due to her dietary restrictions, such as replacing milk chocolate truffles with this huge piece of dark chocolate instead. As you can notice from the photo, my grandmother was all smiles on the trip and loved every moment along with her alternate tasting options too.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

To wrap up the tour we visited La Barberie, a microbrewery that had a great assortment of craft beers available. What I found interesting was as they focus only on making truly wonderful pints you are allowed to bring food in from other restaurants to have along with your beer.  As such, we got to sample chocolate caramels from Champagne Chocolatier paired with La Barberie’s chocolate stout or with a non-alcoholic apple must.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

Working on identifying the flavor notes in my stout.

Quebec City Food Tours: Saint Roch

I strongly recommend signing up for one of the food tasting tours offered by Quebec City Food Tours, over the course of the 3 hours my family and I had a wonderful time exploring a part of the city we would have normally overlooked. From the huge assortment of samples you are provided the tour provides enough food for a full lunch and will allow you to try a variety of local Quebec focused ingredients and dishes.

 

My Saint Roch food tour was provided complimentary as part of a press tour, but all opinions are my own.

3 Comments

  1. Steve
    May 4, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    That tray of poutine, omg!

  2. May 4, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    The poutine from Chez Ashton was so good Steve. 🙂

  3. May 4, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    I’ve been itching to see Quebec! My great-grandparents lived there and I’ve still never been! Hoping to make it up there soon. And that poutine. I’d go for the poutine 😉

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