The Festibière Keeps Its Visitors Happy and Hydrated

The Festibière Keeps Its Visitors Happy and Hydrated

Article and photos by Farnell Morisset

Only very rarely can a reasonable adult aim to achieve a state of public inebriation in a city park at 2pm.  And yet that’s exactly what I did, in the company of several hundred others, at the 2012 Festibière during my visit last Saturday.  And boy was it a good time.

The grounds of the Espace 400e felt like a big family picnic – albeit one where most people simply sit around sipping beer… which, come to think of it, is just like a big family picnic.  Two large white tents on either side housed the beer stands, while barbecue pits and bison-on-a-stick vendors were interspaced along the front of the park.  The mood was jovial, and despite all the beer, plenty of young children accompanied their parents, reinforcing the calm, enjoyable mood.

But let’s face it; I wasn’t there for the cool marina breeze or the bacon-wrapped hot dogs.  I was there for the beer, and I was not disappointed.

Several dozen beer-makers ranging from common commercial brands to experimental micro-breweries were represented.  For two to four dollar tokens, smiling well-endowed and scantily-clad young women from well-known beer companies and equally-sociable, though more sensibly dressed, local artisans offered half-glass to full-glass samples of their stock, poured in the mandatory Festibière glass, for our enjoyment. 

While I’m sure the major commercial brands drew their fair share of interest (can’t imagine why), for most, this was a chance to stray from the beaten path and try local beers, some made with blueberries, hemp, maple syrup, and rum, among several other exotic options.  That and wash down the bacon-wrapped hot dogs – four times, in my case, they were that good.

While it was certainly no Oktoberfest, the Festibière had all the makings of a genuinely fun day outdoors enjoying the company of friends and trying new local flavours of everyone’s favourite summer (and fall, and winter, and spring) beverage.  I will most certainly be returning next year, and of course, leaving my car keys at home.

I also predict many of you will start to see bacon-wrapped hot dogs appearing at your next barbecue. 

Those things are genius.

The writer’s view of Festibière around 2pm on the Saturday. Looks good to us :-).


About the author:

Born and raised in Québec City, Farnell Morisset attended English school throughout his primary, secondary, and CEGEP studies, before ultimately choosing to stay in Québec City and study civil engineering at Laval University.

While at Laval, he served as president of the civil engineering student association. It was there that he discovered his affinity for writing and commentary, preparing a weekly column in the student newspaper dealing with the issues he, as president of the association, felt were important and relevant.

Farnell is passionate about discussing (amongst other things) the issues of modern social identity for many Québecois who, like him, feel deeply connected to the Québecois nation and culture yet do not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image.

He is also alarmed by what seems to be an invasive and aggressive polarization of complex social issues for which there are no black-and-white answers. This eventual identity crisis, he feels, will only be solved through good faith in, and honest communication with, all sides pulling on our ever dwindling “pure laine” blanket.

It is with this in mind that he contributes to as a valued member of our, in-house, writing team.

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Farnell Morisset

Farnell Morisset has an engineering degree from Université Laval and common law and civil law degrees from McGill University, where he also studied economics.

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