Sugar shack (or cabane à sucre) season is here, but it’s going to look very different this year. With several regions of Quebec still in the red zone and the rest under orange alert, few sugar shacks will be able to host hungry hordes to chow down on tourtière (meat pie), cretons (pork-based pâté), oreilles de crisse (literally meaning Christ’s ears but actually pork rinds) eggs, ham, beans, and more, as they would have in the past.
With the season as short as it is (roughly March and April), many sugar shacks are on the brink — a recent study by the association des salles de reception et érablières du Québec (ASEQC) found that 75 percent could close due to the pandemic. As a result, sugar shacks have turned to takeout, many with Ma Cabane à la Maison, a program that delivers the feasts of 70 sugar shacks to pickup points at grocery stores across the province. In some cases, Montreal restaurants have joined in the festivities, with their own maple-heavy menu offering. See below for some of the best sugar shacks meals you can get without having to step foot off the island.Read More