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CANCELLED : Saint-Laurent's Urban Sugar Shack: to (Re)discover Québec Traditions

11 mars 2020

Saint-Laurent, March 11, 2020 – On Saturday, March 21, between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., youngsters and grown-ups are invited to celebrate spring by taking part in the 16th Urban Sugar Shack at Parc Beaudet in Saint-Laurent, located at the Du Collège metro station. Organized by VertCité, this event will feature a very lively program, combining the discovery of Québec folklore with sampling traditional cuisine.

Many activities are planned, such as a music show, square dancing, sampling various types of food made with maple syrup, demonstration of a maple water evaporator, a chance to taste maple cotton candy ($2), maple taffy on snow ($2), and many other activities.

"The Urban Sugar Shack is a fantastic family celebration, which has become a real tradition on our territory. Saint-Laurent's Administration is therefore pleased to once again support this event, which showcases Québec's folklore culture in a wonderful way," stated Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa. According to Guy Déziel, Director of VertCité, "The Urban Sugar Shack is an event that brings all Saint-Laurent residents together around sugar farming. We are very proud to be able to provide our community with this opportunity."

Maple sugar for one and all
The event's educational component is held at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent until March 27. More than 750 students from Saint-Laurent schools and francization classes are invited to various activities, such as folk dancing, a demonstration of the maple water evaporation process, maple taffy tasting on snow and a presentation by the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec on tools of long ago used during the sugaring off season.

About the Urban Sugar Shack
Introduced in 2004 by Saint-Laurent resident Mario Bonenfant, also known as "Captain Syrup", the Urban Sugar Shack is a revival of the centuries-old tradition of producing maple syrup. In Saint-Laurent's urban and multicultural context, this initiative enables residents from all walks of life to take part in a Saint-Laurent tradition that signals the return of spring. The main partners of this event are the Caisse populaire Desjardins de Saint-Laurent, the SDC Quartier D and the Borough of Saint-Laurent.