Here are some gourmet shops where you can buy all the food items you need for a delicious picnic on the beach featuring local flavours from Gaspésie.
La Mitis: Maple products, ice cream, mead, gin and beer
In Mont-Joli, you can stock up on prepared dishes, maple products, homemade pastries and many other regional delicacies at Ma Cabane en Gaspésie. Nearby, the dairy bar Aux Bienfaits offers soft ice cream and homemade sorbets with various coatings.
There is nothing like a locally made aperitif to liven up your picnic! Stop at the Mitis Distillery (Mont-Joli). You can also buy delicious meads and other fine honey products at Le Vieux-Moulin (Sainte-Flavie). Located in the heart of the village of Sainte-Flavie, Le Ketch - Microbrasserie du littoral is considered to be the first stop of your Gaspésie tour.
Photo: Ma Cabane en Gaspésie
La Matanie: Pastries, cheese, glaces, wine and beer
The Fromagerie du Littoral (Baie-des-Sables), cheese factory, offers you a variety of cheeses made with milk from their cows. Savour these cheeses with fresh bread from the Boulangerie Toujours Dimanche bakery (Matane), which also offers pastries and other baked goods, prepared dishes and tasty coffees. Also enjoy the delicious ice cream at Chic-Chocs Glacier (Matane).
There is nothing like a locally made aperitif to liven up your picnic! Stop at the Vignoble Carpinteri (Saint-Ulric) to buy wine and Italian-style gourmet products. You can also buy delicious craft beers at the La Fabrique (Matane).
Photo : Vignoble Carpinteri
La Haute-Gaspésie: Smoked salmon, berries, chocolate, gin and beer
The Atkins et Frères smokehouse (Saint-Maxime-du-Mont-Louis) offers succulent smoked fish and seafood. In the same village, a real speciality food shop, the delicatessen L'Amarré offers a warm and colorful place where you will discover various local products. Head to Glacerie Carrefour Aventure (Mont-Saint-Pierre) to savor delicious homemade ice cream.
In Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Bioculture Lepage gives you the opportunity to pick your own organic berries; you can also buy fresh or frozen fruit on site as well as homemade and local products. Couleur Chocolat chocolate economuseum offers irresistible chocolate creations and homemade ice cream. The Boutique Gourmande Plein Ma Valise, a specialty shop, offers a tasting counter for fine cheeses, artisanal charcuterie, imported wines and local products.
Finally, the craft beers made by Le Malbord will add a festive touch to your picnic! Distillerie Cap-Chat (Cap-Chat) develops and produces spirits with wild and natural flowers, plants, spices and herbs, mostly picked in Gaspésie.
Couleur Chocolat. Photo: Jérôme Landry
La Côte-de-Gaspé: Local products, cheese and deli meats
The Marché des saveurs gaspésiennes (Gaspé) offers a wide variety of local products, including cheeses and deli meats, as well as lunchboxes and pastries made on site. On the same street, just opposite, oh les pains prepares tasty breads, soups and chocolatines. Also stock up on delicious gins at the O'Dwyer Distillerie Gaspésienne.
Le Rocher-Percé: beer
The Pit Caribou microbrewery (Percé) offer thirst-quenching craft beers. Enjoy a wide selection of craft beers and a variety of shows in the warm atmosphere of the Pit Caribou pub, located in the village of Percé. You can also stock up on your favourite products at the microbrewery boutique (L’Anse-à-Beaufils). The terrace by the beach is a real piece of paradise to share an unforgettable moment!
Pit Caribou. Photo: Roger St-Laurent
La Baie-des-Chaleurs (Bonaventure): Strawberries, smoked trout, fresh fish, gin and beer
The Poissonnerie du pêcheur (Bonaventure) and Poissonnerie La Coquille (Caplan) fish markets are great places to stop for fresh and delicious fish and seafood. Perched on the top of the cliff, the Distillerie des Marigots (Caplan) awaits you for a guided tour of its facilities with a tasting area.
Ferme Bourdages Tradition (Saint-Siméon), a strawberry farm that makes wines as well as other delicious products (pies, pâtés, jams, coulis, etc.), offers you lots to choose from, including regional products and pick-your-own.
In Bonaventure, Boulangerie La Pétrie offers you fresh bakery products, made from organic or sustainable flour, in a warm atmosphere. Stop at the La Belle Aventure microbrewery to enjoy a good beer and snacks with local flavor.
On Saturdays during the summer, the public market in New Richmond gives you the opportunity to meet many artists, artisans and food producers as you purchase their works and products.
In Cascapédia-Saint-Jules, the Cascapédia Smokehouse offers smoked trout and salmon.
Distillerie des Marigots. Photo: Dany Vachon
La Baie-des-Chaleurs (Avignon): fresh bread, mead and beer
In Maria, the Rucher des Framboisiers sells mead (honey wine) and several types of honey.
In Carleton-sur-Mer, La Mie véritable bakery offers an appetizing variety of breads, pastries and other baked goods as well as gelato, various local products and delicious espresso. Microbrasserie Le Naufrageur has a minimart that sells the tasty beers brewed on site.
Ferme Bourdages. Photo: Gaspésie Gourmande
La Matapédia: Raspberries, chocolate, honey, seafood and beer
In Val-Brillant, you can pick your own berries at the Vallée de la Framboise economuseum raspberry farm. You can also buy raspberry wines, mistelles, liqueurs, spreads, jellies, butters, pies and homemade slushies on site.
In Amqui, Auberge Beauséjour sells chocolates, gelato and artisanal crushed-ice drinks, as well as local products from Gaspésie and Québec. Chocolaterie BelJade offers a variety of chocolates made on site as well as an ice cream bar. The Marché public matapédien is active every Thursday in summer to offer you a wide choice of fresh and tasty local products. La Fille du Pêcheur, fish market, awaits you with a selection of fresh fish and seafood. Stock up on craft beers from La Captive microbrewery (Amqui).
La Vallée de la Framboise. Photo: Geneviève Gagné
As you can see, there are many gourmet shops throughout the region of Gaspésie! Pack a cooler and a large blanket, then find a beach to enjoy a picnic!