Saturdays, November 19 & 26

  • DAY : Saturdays, November 19 & 26
  • PUBLIC : For all
  • LANGUE : français, anglais

Come Relive this Sweet Tradition

Maison Saint-Gabriel is one of the rare places that carries on the tradition of making Saint Catherine’s Day taffy. The sisters of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame (CND) have been making this molasses taffy since the time of Marguerite Bourgeoys.

On Saint Catherine's Day, the visitors have the pleasure of watching as the sweet mixture is combined, beaten together and pulled in front them. The demonstration takes place under the supervision of Sister Madeleine Montour, a taffy expert who reveals the secrets to a successful recipe. Participants are then invited to sample the taffy which is sure to please both young and old!

Historian and storyteller, Francis Désilets, greets the visitors and explains to them the origin and traditions of the Feast of Saint Catherine. After the demonstration, he tells the story of the young woman who did not want to become an “old maid”. With guitar in hand, our multi-talented host punctuates the activity with songs from the traditional repertoire!