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.
The Coast: Pastries, cheese, shrimp, gin, beer and mead
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.
In Baie-des-Sables, the Fromagerie du Littoral 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, in Matane.
There is nothing like a locally made aperitif to liven up your picnic! Stop at the Distillerie Mitis (Mont-Joli) to purchase their gin or 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 microbrewery (Matane) or 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
Haute-Gaspésie: Smoked salmon, berries, chocolate and beer
The Atkins et Frères smokehouse in 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.
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. Finally, the craft beers made by Microbrasserie Le Malbord will add a festive touch to your picnic!
Couleur Chocolat. Photo: Jérôme Landry
Land’s End: Cheese, deli meats, lobster, crab and beer
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. To accompany these products, Microbrasserie Cap Gaspé offers a selection of German and American inspired beers made with local ingredients.
To stock up on seafood products or prepared dishes made with lobster, crab, shrimp, etc., make a stop at the La Boîte à Fruits de Mer fish market (Percé). The Pit Caribou microbrewery in L’Anse-à-Beaufils (Percé) offer thirst-quenching craft beers.
Pit Caribou. Photo: Roger St-Laurent
Chaleur Bay: Strawberries, smoked trout, fresh bread, mead 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.
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. La Ferme du Golf (Carleton-sur-Mer) specializes in growing strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and garlic.
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.
In Maria, Hydromel Forest sells mead (honey wine) and several types of honey.
In Carleton-sur-Mer, the Boulangerie-Pâtisserie 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
The Valley: Raspberries, chocolate, honey and seafood
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. 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!