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I Tried A Quebec Orchard's Rustic-Chic Picnic Experience & It Was Worth The $80 Price Tag

"One of the coolest and tastiest picnics you can have less than an hour from Montreal."

Cabane D'À Côté's Picnic Is Worth The Price Tag

Between enjoying yummy food, sitting outside in nature (after being stuck inside all winter) and spending time with loved ones, it's no surprise why picnics have become a summer staple in Montreal. This has been especially true during the pandemic.

I've had some pretty cool picnics in my day, but my favourite — by far — is the picnic at La Cabane d'à Côté from the team at Au Pied de Cochon.

The team started doing these picnics during the pandemic after years of visitors coming to the orchard and asking to explore the grounds.

They offer monthly menus based on what's in season on the farm and in the area, packed in a beautiful picnic basket that you can take anywhere on the property, whether it's on the tables and chairs scattered throughout the rows of apple trees or on your own picnic blanket.

We booked for five of us to go to celebrate lots of birthdays this month. I went for the first time last year in October, so it's no surprise the menu was different in July — lots of fresh veggies, cold dishes and light sauces, but there was one thing that was consistent: the UNBELIEVABLY fresh quality.

Cabane D'\u00c0 C\u00f4t\u00e9's Picnic Is Worth The Price Tag Gabi Sandler | MTL Blog

For July, the chicken was the only hot dish, so we decided to eat that first, and let me tell you, it was probably one of the best chicken dishes I've ever had IN MY LIFE. It was quite reminiscent of a Thanksgiving turkey in a light, yet creamy gravy and I could have easily had a whole basket of it.

Cabane D'\u00c0 C\u00f4t\u00e9's Picnic Is Worth The Price Tag Gabi Sandler | MTL Blog

We then moved onto a veggie sandwich. If you know me, you know I'm a mega-fan of sandwiches. I couldn't decide which was better: the fresh veggies or the fluffiest, doughiest bread that tasted like it was pulled out of the oven five minutes earlier. The rest of the menu was filled with lots of great dishes like salads, porchetta, cold soups, and some fish, too.

Cabane D'\u00c0 C\u00f4t\u00e9's Picnic Is Worth The Price Tag Gabi Sandler | MTL Blog

Of course, there's always a sweet treat to end off the meal. This month's menu included a fruit shortcake. I'm not much of a shortcake person, but this was honestly so light and delectable that I think I may be one now.

Cabane D'\u00c0 C\u00f4t\u00e9's Picnic Is Worth The Price Tag Gabi Sandler | MTL Blog

It was such a great day on the farm that we didn't want to go home. It's only 40 minutes outside of the city and felt like a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle. At $80 per basket (a basket is made for two people), it was actually great value for money and I cannot wait to see what's on the menu next month!

​La Cabane ​d'À Côté​ Picnic​

Price: $80 for a basket for two

Address: 3595, Montée Robillard, St-Benoît de Mirabel, QC

Why You Need To Go: For one of the coolest and tastiest picnics you can have less than an hour from Montreal.

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