Everything You Need to Know About the New France Festival
From Thursday, August 1, to Sunday, August 4, 2019, travel across time and come celebrate the New France Festival in Quebec City. Since 1997, this historic, festive and gastronomic event is showcasing 17th and 18th century America. It is an opportunity to celebrate the history of the first European immigrants in New France with dance, music and gastronomy! Here is everything you need to know to be prepared for the festival:
To give you a glimpse of everything that awaits you, here are some activities not to be missed:
Between embroidery and lacework: Watch one of the demonstrations by members of the Guilde des dentellières et des brodeuses to learn about bobbin lace, embroidery and frivolity techniques! A tradition that continues to this day.
Life in the days of the King’s Daughters and the Carignan-Salières Regiment Soldiers: Meet the King’s Daughter and the Carignan-Salières Regiment Soldiers to learn more about the reality of the time. They will tell you all about their everyday tasks and make you sing and dance!
The future’s in the cards: Meet Mireille LaMarraine to learn all about your future! She will explain this mysterious art and the influence it has had on history.
Chic choc happy hour: Start the evening with Marc-André Fillion’s interactive happy hour where you can taste the first spicy Quebec rum. Music and dance are on the agenda with host Charles Lehouillier.
The Gourmet Market
During the festival, head over to the heart of the Great Square where you can discover local products and know-how. Here are some products offered by the many kiosks that will be there:
– Cheese fondues
– Bison sausages
– Fried avocado and pickles
– Food cooked on the grill directly in front of you
– Ice cream
– Cocktail tastings
How to Get There
The New France Festival will take place at Esplanade Park, a component of the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site. To avoid the search of a parking spot, we advise you to take the bus, with the Réseau de transport de la Capitale, RTC, and take the 800 or 801 buses. This is the most effective way to get to the site during the festivities! Plan Your Itinerary.
Remember that it is important to get your medallion to access the festivities. Medallions are available for purchase at participating TD banks and Brunet locations in the Quebec City area or directly online for $12. Children under 12 years old can enter the site free of charge. Purchase Your Medallion.