Trip Back in Time a Success

Trip Back in Time a Success

Quebec, August 6th, 2012 Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France SAQ were a success with l’esprit des découvertes as the 2012 theme.

From August 1st to 5th, thousands of visitors, festive and curious, lived an incredible experience and discovered new facts and stories about the history of New France by interacting with the many characters present, eating local products, and participating in evening events.

This trip back in time created by the organizing team was deemed a success.

“We had an objective: develop a program which would suit everyone, by proposing family activities, and subsequently opening up to a wider clientele. We wanted the participants to rediscover this event and appreciate the improvements we made.

The event also permitted the participants, artisans, artists, producers, and performers to come together in the midst of a well balanced program. The historic, culinary, musical, and pleasant aspects had to be well organized. We made it and will continue to improve this event in the years to come”, confirmed the co-general director and program director.

“We once again demonstrated that history and entertainment go hand in hand. If we measure the success of the event based on audience participation, the new activities, and visitor numbers, then we can say that we are very satisfied with the results. Our visitors plunged in Quebec’s history and we are certain that they will want to experience this again next year,” stated the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France’s Administration Council president, Audrey St-Pierre.

Something Fresh For All

The Caribbean rum happy hours offered superior quality bottles for three days and were greatly appreciated by those attending.

The Caribbean day brought the festivities to life with music, dance, stories, and traditional costumes. Also, la Maison de Tourisme de Bass-Terre’s (Guadeloupe) president, Henri Marie, had a message for Quebec: “We are pleased with our welcome and are impressed to see how attached you are to your patrimony. We are glad to have such a great relationship with a francophone community and we sincerely wish that our participation in the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France is just the first step to a long and durable partnership with Quebec.”

The Nouvelle-France banquet took place for the first time this year and attracted many people to the National Assembly Parliament for one of the most prestigious nights.

The Musée de la Civilization’s Jardin des découvertes (Garden of discoveries) allowed young and old to manipulate and learn about many ancient inventions.

The Concours d’art oratoire (Oral Art Contest) surprised many people. Eloquence, passion, and creativity gave way to fantastic stories and legends bringing us back in time.

The Terrace Molson Export provided a new, attractive, meeting place where people had a good laugh with the lively and humourous waiters present.

The Mode et tendances de la Nouvelle-France par Laurier Québec activity was presented by the passionate historian, Évelyne Bouchard. She taught hygiene and esthetic rules from the 1700-1800′s to the crowd.

A great variety of local products were presented in the Marché Aliments du Québec

Locals and tourists discovered the quality of local products and people from here. Those who had the chance to visit many kiosks certainly fell for the many delicious products cultivated or prepared locally. The 17 participating businesses form part of the 14,000-strong “Aliments du Québec” or “Aliments préparés au Québec” certified producers.

Here is the list: Fumoir du Nord, L’Artisan Charcutier, Fruit Select, Les Fromages de l’Isle d’Orléans, Boulangerie Le Panetier-Baluchon, La P’tite Femme du sous-bois, La Ferme Québec-Oies, Du Côté de chez Swann, Clos Lambert, La Grolla, Les Canardises, Maïs de la famille Godin, La Fromagerie du Terroire de Bellechasse, Godbout, Érablière Marcel Vien, Laiterie de Coaticook, Herboriste La Maria.

“We are particularly proud of this 16th edition because we created an accessible, interactive, and varied experience. This is what oriented our program choice to reach even more Quebecers. We moved La Place de Paris SAQ and proposed to do it in an animated and traditional small hotel/auberge. The Marché Aliments du Québec offered exceptional Quebec products and the shows that took place on the new TD stage in the evening definitely created a fantastic and festive atmosphere,” said the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France SAQ general director, Jean Pelletier.

A great thank you to our partners

Finally, les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France SAQ thanks the public partners for their important contribution, which has made this wonderful event possible for all of these years.

The Quebec, and Canadian governments, La Ville de Québec, and l’Office du tourisme de Québec also need to be thanked for their for their support.
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Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France – Quebec City

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