September 19 to 25: Switching into autumn mode

September 20 2016

For a few weeks now, the days have been getting noticeably shorter and the evenings cooler, and fall officially arrives on Thursday, September 22. So it’s time to switch into autumn mode. This week, we’re suggesting three activities to help you get into the spirit of the season!

Workshops and tea tastings at Cha Yi

Classes start again in the fall, and that includes workshops and tea tastings at the Cha Yi Tea House. The next scheduled event is a tasting of top-quality grands crus, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Tea is a perfect drink for cool autumn days. Did you know that this little shop on Eddy Street carries more than 200 kinds of loose tea and infusions? On your own or with friends, set aside some time to relax in the tasting room and enjoy a nice cup of tea and a house-made treat.

Make way for fall colours

It’s only a matter of days before the fall colours start appearing in the Outaouais, painting the landscape in spectacular red, yellow and orange hues. On your days off, plan to get outside and enjoy this magnificent annual display. In the Outaouais, a favourite spot is Gatineau Park, but check our blog on Thursday because we’ll be suggesting several other viewing locations throughout the region.

Autumn bounty

Fall is the time to start preparing recipes in quantity, stocking up for the cold months ahead. On Saturday, join the Fête de la soupe (“soup festival”) in Moussette Park. Admission is free, and several local restaurants and personalities will be on hand to serve up their favourite soup: Bistro CoqLicorne, Chez Fatima, Restaurant La Pie, Pan Caliente bakery, La Belle Verte, La Créole Xpress, Moore Farm, the École hôtelière de l’Outaouais, and Olivier Soyez, executive chef at the Parliament of Canada. Also on Saturday, visit Montebello for a day of family activities, including cheese tastings to celebrate Fromagerie Montebello’s fifth anniversary. On Sunday, October 2, at the first annual Aylmer Farmers’ Market Pie Baking Competition, cast your vote for which of the participating bakeries in Old Aylmer and Hull makes the best pie!

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