Québec cheesemaker Fromagerie Presbytère won the coveted Grand Champion Award in the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix for Laliberté! The awards, recognizing the best of the best in Canadian cheeses, are given out every two years. Laliberté is a triple-cream cheese with a tender bloomy rind. It has flavours of mushroom and cream when young, turning to hints of grass and root vegetables when aged.
With the help and support of the Quebec Government Office in Chicago as well as Export Québec, 7 buyers from the Midwest were able to attend a special event called: Braderie de Mode Quebecoise. This event, held from April 16 to 19 in Montréal, was an ideal venue for these buyers since it allowed them to meet some 130 Quebec designers all assembled in one place: the historic Marché Bonsecours in Old Montreal. Although the Braderie is well known to Montrealers for showcasing the best locally design clothes and accessories, this was the first time the event hosted an export driven initiative.
With the Chicago springtime in full swing and the summer fast approaching, it is never too early for the active woman to start thinking about summer fashion! When searching for a new, well-being inspired look for this summer, Lolë’s new Southport location is a one-stop destination for dresses, swimwear, and active wear to cater to the Chicago woman who not only wants to feel good while actively enjoying the summer sun, but look good doing it!
Each year, the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) extends a limited number of VIP invitations to professional food & beverage buyers from around the globe to be their guest at SIAL Canada. This year more than 20 buyers will participate in the program, 6 from the United States. This year, SIAL Canada 2015 is being held in Toronto (April 28-30) and will return to Montréal in 2016. In addition to a sourcing agenda specifically designed to their individual needs, U.S. Buyers will be able to visit the more than 800 exhibitors from 45 countries.
The surprise snow storm on Monday, March 23rd, was a subtle reminder that winter cannot be escaped in the Midwest. Yet from March 21st to the 24th, during the Fall/Winter 2015-16 edition of Stylemax at the Merchandise Mart, the snow that blanketed the Chicago streets only gave inspiration to the participants within the 100,000 square foot show. Exhibitors were pleased to share their new fall lines to the trade as the new fashions not only conveyed practicality against the frigid cold air but that also are an embodiment of style and elegance.
Quebec suppliers were back in force at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis from March 4-6, 2015. According to its organizer, the event attracted a “record-setting 11,005 industry professionals from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 23 countries”. Included were eight exhibitors from Québec: Bibeau Enterprises, Brandon Truck Equipment, Ranger Design, RH Ladder (Robert Hydraulique), SpaceKap, Techno-Fab 2000, Tenco, and Zone Technologies.
As more commerce moves online and the "internet of things" takes shape, large data centers proliferate. Each hosts hundreds or thousands of computer servers – the backbone and guts of the internet -- which generate a lot of heat as they hum. Carnot Refrigeration, a company from Trois-Rivières, Québec, has a solution for handling all that heat, while saving energy and replacing greenhouse gases as refrigerants.
The infamous Chicago cold did not keep the masses of buyers, sellers, and fashion enthusiasts away from participating in the first Chicago Collective of the year. From February 8th-10th the exhibitors tried to warmed buyers as they presented their Fall-Winter 2015-16 lines.
If you find yourself in the Minneapolis - Saint Paul area, you will probably hear the bells of the region’s light rail system. In 2004, the Twin Cities established the Hiawatha line which covered 12 miles and created easy access to the Mall of America in Bloomington, downtown Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis/Saint Paul (MSP) International Airport. Bombardier, a firm which specializes in the aerospace and transportation industry furnished the Hiawatha line with BOMBARDIER FLEXITY, a model vehicle designed to fit the needs of newly adopted light rail systems.
Montreal-based company, DAVIDsTEA, was founded in 2008 by tea lover and connoisseur David Segal. Along with his cousin, Herschel Segal, David began changing the nature of tea around Canada. In 2011, DAVIDsTEA made its big move to the United States, starting with a flagship store in New York City, and eventually in 2012, it crossed over to the Mid-West with its first Chicago-based stores.
Escape into the wintry countryside!
You can enjoy cross-country skiing not far from Québec's cities and often in them. Gatineau (Outaouais) is home to an immense natural paradise, Gatineau Park, which delights skiers with over 200 km (125 mi.) of groomed trails carving through forest and valley. Not far from Trois-Rivières, the Mauricie National Park of Canada promises cross-country enthusiasts hours of fun with more than 80 km (50 mi.) in trails. You can also sleep on site, in cabins accessible only by ski!
The province of Québec is home to more than 500 festivals year-round, bringing with them cultural discoveries, heart-thumping excitement and breathtaking beauty. Winter is no exception! Be sure to check out these winter festivities to experience Québec City like a local and make the most out of your visit:
General programming for the celebratory activities of the 50th anniversary of the Québec Government Office in Paris in 2011 was unveiled on November 26 by Québec Premier Jean Charest. An overview of the programming is available at www.quebec.fr/50
As part of the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of its opening, the Québec Government Office in London (DGQL) presented the first Québec Cinema Showcase during the 20th French Film Festival UK from November 2 to 4.
For the 350th anniversary of the Notre-Dame de Québec parish, visitors to the basilica of the same name will be able to pass through a Holy Door—the first such door in North America and the seventh in the world. Inaugurated on December 8, 2013, the Holy Door will attract at least 500 visitors a day until December 28, 2014, after which time it will be closed until the Pope authorizes its reopening.
Between earth and sky
More and more, outdoor enthusiasts are becoming hooked on treetop adventure courses, via ferratas and canyoning. Across Québec, in forests, gorges and escarpments, challenges big and small await you and your family or friends. You’ll encounter plenty of obstacles, true, but they sure won’t obstruct your fun!
At the close of the 62nd Farnborough International Airshow, Sam Hamad, Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, gave a positive assessment of Québec’s participation, which included some twenty businesses and organizations, in the trade mission he headed from July 8 to 12.