Behind the Scenes Tour of a Sugar Shack in Quebec

Last spring, a few friends and I road-tripped to the town of Rigaud, Quebec to shoot a documentary about maple farming. The film we ended up producing, Sucrerie de la Montagne, premiered at the Food Film Festival in New York recently where it won the Audience Choice Award.


An all-you-can-eat plate from Sucrerie de la Montagne's "sugaring off" menu. [Photographs: James Boo]

For those of you who couldn't make it to the festival (you can still see it in Chicago in November), here's the story, in photographs, of the Quebecois "sugar shack" that runs year-round as an international destination and restaurant. A relatively small operation that focuses more on hospitality than trade, the farm welcomes locals, tourists, and anyone else seeking a taste of Canada's maple syrup tradition, one pour at a time. Tasting maple syrup at a place like this not only opens your eyes to what the real thing tastes like—robust and sweet in a way that makes it entirely possible to drink an entire bottle in one sitting—it also reveals the personality of the food.


Pierre Faucher, founder and a generally unbelievable human.

The only thing bigger than the lumberjack feasts served here are the personalities behind the operation. Jump into the slideshow to learn more!