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Holiday: March 2013 Archives

Easter water: the Quebec tradition

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Saint-Venant-de-Paquette is a tiny village of 111 people, at last count, in the Eastern Townships, east of Coaticook.  The village has only two part-time employees: the mayor, and a secretary.  The nearest fire department is in Vermont.  There is snow removal and garbage removal, but no internet. 

The church of Saint-Venant-de-Paquette is, for most of the year, a museum run by village's historical society.  But three times a year, including Easter, the parishioners from the village reclaim the church to hold services there. This weekend, the population of the village of Saint-Venant-de-Paquette will nearly TRIPLE for a special Easter service that involves a trip by torchlight, down to the river.
Parishioner Marc-André Inkell will be there and he spoke with Sonali Karnick about this tradition that starts well before sunrise on Easter morning.

The search for Easter water is something that goes on across Quebec.  For many, it's a family affair, involving a walk through the forest, or across fields, to get to the water's source.
Father Yoland Ouellet is the rector of Notre-Dame-du-Cap in Trois-Rivières.  He spoke with Sonali Karnick about how his own parish practises this tradition.
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Making your own Easter treats

cream egg opened.JPGOne of the yummiest treats of the season, for those who love Easter candy, is cream eggs.
You know, like the kind you can find in stores "just until Easter, then they'll be gone?"
Big candy companies sell a lot of them at this time of year. In fact, Creme Eggs are the best-selling candy in the United Kingdom between New Year's Day and Easter and of course you can find them in many local chocolate shops too.

They seem a bit tricky to make, filled with a white and yellow cream centre, like the white and yolk of an egg, inside a chocolate shell shaped like and egg.
But you can find plenty of recipes online that claim to show you how easy it is to make Easter cream eggs yourself.
We called up a Montreal foodophile and asked him to put those recipes to the test.
Ryk Edelstein brought the fruits - the eggs? - of his labour to the studio.

He did have some help from someone who's an expert in working with sugar, chef Christian Faure, who recently competed in the "Sugar Dome" competition on the Food Network.  

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your Easter weekend activities in the province:

April 4-13

Petting zoos  and fun in shopping malls ! (Closed on Sunday)

Québec City: Promenade Beauport , Les Galeries de la Capitale, Fleur de Lys Centre commercial (peting zoo including :  chicks, rabbits , hens, lamas, goats, peacocks, loot bags, face painting and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny)

Laurier Québec :  petting zoo, crafts and sugary sweets for all 

Eastern townships: Carrefour de l'Estrie 

Laurentians: Carrefour du Nord (St-Jérôme) 

Outaouais: Les promenades de l'Outaouais 
-Enjoy a train ride, face painting, and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, visit 
Or call us Toll free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687)

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