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Brome Duck Festival Gets Quackin'
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Painting courtesy of Marie-Andrée Leblond.From 2008 (For the latest events in Knowlton and Brome Lake visit the Chamber of Commerce of Brome Lake Website)

2008 Recap: The weather is looking magnificent for the opening weekend of the Brome Lake Duck Festival. The 8th Annual celebration of fall, ducks and our beautiful town kicks off Saturday morning and runs all this week-end and next weekend featuring music, games, demonstrations and of course the ducks!

Knowlton becomes the center of activity in the Townships during the Duck Fest as the colors are breaking into a chorous of reds and oranges and the weather is ideal for being outside with friends and family. The Mill Pond is the place to under the big top but don't forget to stroll around the village and take a peek at our special town! The Canard en Fete festival owes it's success to the hard work of the Chamber of Commerce, countless Volunteers and positive residents, as well as support from The Town and many businesses. Working together has ensured the festival gets better every year with more people attending!

PROGRAMMATION DU PREMIER WEEK-END - FIRST WEEK-END PROGRAMMING
Samedi, le 20 septembre 2008 - Saturday September 20th, 2008
10 h 00 Début des festivités - Ouverture du festival - Opening
11 h 00 - 16 h 30 Animation musicale par Mario Bruneau, accordéoniste - Musical animation by Mario Bruneau, accordionist
11 h 30 Démonstration culinaire présentée par Richard Wisdom, maire
de Ville de Lac-Brome - Culinary demo presented by Richard Wisdom, Mayor of the Town of Brome Lake
13 h 30 Démonstration culinaire présentée par Antoine Ménard de l’Auberge Quilliams - Culinary demo presented by Antoine Ménard from Auberge Quilliams
15 h 00 Démonstration culinaire par un chef surprise - Culinary demo by a surprise chef
17 h - 18 h 30 Concert musical : Sonia Fréchette, musique d’hier à aujourd’hui - Musical concert

Dimanche, le 21 septembre 2008 - Sunday September 21st, 2008
10 h 00 Ouverture du site - Site opening
11 h 00 à 16 h 30 Animation musicale par Duo Sanacord, violonistes - Musical animation by Duo Sanacord, violinists
11 h 30 Démonstration culinaire présentée par Antoine Ménard de l’Auberge Quilliams - Culinary demo presented by Antoine Ménard from Auberge Quilliams
13 h 30 Démonstration culinaire par un chef surprise - Culinary demo by a surprise chef
16 h à 17 h 30 Concert musical : Angel Forrest (folk-rock) Musical concert

Brome Lake Duck Festival Map

PROGRAMMATION DU SECOND WEEK-END - SECOND WEEK-END PROGRAMMING
Samedi, le 27 septembre 2008 - Saturday September 27th, 2008
10 h 00
Ouverture du site - Site opening
11 h 00 à 16 h 30 Animation musicale par Mario Bruneau, accordéoniste - Musical animation by Mario Bruneau, accordionist
11 h 30 Démonstration culinaire présentée par Richard Wisdom, maire de Ville de Lac-Brome - Culinary demo presented by Richard Wisdom, Mayor of the Town of Brome Lake
13 h 30 Démonstration culinaire présentée par Antoine Ménard de l’Auberge Quilliams - Culinary demo presented by Antoine Ménard from Auberge Quilliams
15 h 00 Démonstration culinaire par Jean-François Plante, porte-parole du festival - Culinary demo by Jean-François Plante, spokesperson of the festival
17 h à 18 h 30 Concert musical : Mannix and the Dirty Blues Band Musical concert

Dimanche, le 28 septembre 2008 - Sunday September 28th, 2008
10 h 00 Ouverture du site - Site opening
11 h 00 à - 16 h 30 Animation musicale par The Barr Family Quartet - Musical animation by The Barr Family Quartet
11 h 15 Démonstration culinaire présentée par Antoine Ménard de l’Auberge Quilliams - Culinary demo presented by Antoine Ménard from Auberge Quilliams
12h45 Démonstration culinaire par un chef surprise - Culinary demo by a surprise chef
13 h 30 à 15 h Fermeture de la rue Lakeside - Closing of Lakeside street
14 h La Grande Course de Canards et remise des prix - The Great Duck Race and awards winners
16 h à 17 h 30
Concert musical : Chris Derek and the Appalachian Groove Band
Musical concert: (jazz, blues, celtic, funk)

The festival is all about discovering new ways to enjoy the Peking Duck that has made Lac Brome famous over the years. The cooking demonstrations are always well attended and the guest chefs creat some wonderful looking dishes! Luckily there are duck sausages available and a steady line-up of folks who needed to bite into a succulant duckydog! The chefs present tips and new ways of preparing duck and explain step by step methods of creating fancy duck recipes with little effort.

Picnic in the park.All the family will be able to go cherish our small farms animals at the petting zoo. Moreover, a sleigh ride of approx. 40 minutes in the village to the duck farm will be available at the corner of St-Paul and Lakeside streets (from noon to 3 p.m.). Cost will be $5 per person (free for children under 5 years old). Take advantage of this ride to see the architecture of our beautiful Victorian village, to visit the merchants, the museum and of course, to go to see the duck farm.

Of course, In Knowlton, even when there is a busy festival there is always a quiet place to enjoy a family picnic beside the water. Bring the whole family and enjoy a visit to another time in the Victorian village of Knowlton! When he weather is like this at the end of September the fall colors explode all around the center of the village and stores, terasses and boutiques are all decked out in their sunday best for the occasion. The duck festival is popular amongst visitors who enjoy the fall foliage at the same time as gathering for gourmet treats in the beautiful village of Knowlton.

Don't miss your chance to experience one of the best reasons to visit Lac Brome!

The 8th Annual Brome Lake Duck Fest also known in French as "Canard en Fete au Lac Brome" is starting on September 20th and the preparations of hard working organizers turning Knowlton village into a huge family oriented street party are sure to make this edition of the succulant festival one of the best ever.

Gathering for the cooking demonstrations.A great variety of regional and local products as well as artists craft, wine, honey, maple vinegar, spices, specialty salts, body products, knitting, moccasins, jewelry, musical instruments, natural products, stone and wooden ducks, Christmas bauble, ice cider, terrines, foie gras, rillettes, alcohols, juices and smoothies, cheeses, dressings, jams, jellies , chocolates, coffee, tea, espresso, hot chocolate, duck tastings, duck wings on BBQ, etc.

While the region of Lac Brome of the Eastern Townships is often associated withthe Big Brome Fair the Duck Festival is the best chance to really get to know the intimate side of the village of Knowlton.

And let's not forget the ducks!
The ducks are really the star of the show for the two-weekend extravaganza! People gather in Knowlton to taste the newest duck creations from world class chefs and to enjoy the signature hospitality that is is Knowlton.

Famous the world over for its Brome Lake duck, the village of Knowlton (Lac-Brome) is already gearing up for its now famous fall street festival, the Brome Lake Duck Festival.

Knowlton, known as one of Quebec’s most beautiful villages, will transform itself over two weekends this fall on September 20-22 and continues the week-end of September 27-29. The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights of the festival include a farmer’s market, exhibiting local and regional goodies from maple products to local wines. Musicians, artists, entertainment and games for children are also on the agenda. Of course, duck specialties will be on the menus of local restaurants. This year’s festival promises to be a feast for the senses, both culinary and visual as autumn’s colours will be out in all their splendour.

Organizers again invited Marie-Andrée Leblond, a local artist, to design this year’s Duck fest poster. Year after year the talented Artist has delighted us with colorful and fun duck paintings which are loved by all! The poster is sure to become a collector’s item! You can also visit the Knowlton Gallery to see more of Leblonds paintings, the gallery is located right downtown at 285 Knowlton Road, you can't, and shouldn't, miss it!

Culinary demonstrations
One of the most popular events during the festival is the daily culinary demonstrations offered by the many different chefs of the region every hour between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. It’s an excellent occasion for connoisseurs to learn the secrets of the art of cooking and serving duck.

The weather was ideal and the crowds under the big top strolled among the booths offering goodies and samples.
Dozens of local producers and artisans will be present in the Park to tempt the taste buds and the eyes with their interesting and tasty offerings. Among the producers who are opr who have been at the Duck Festival in previous years are : Les p’tits péchés de Madeleine (chocolates), Projet d’une terre (smoothies, fresh fruit juices), Les trésors de l’Érable (vinaigrettes), Wish Buds (cards and bookmarks), Bio Bon inc. (breads, cakes, cookies, pies…), Les Produits Camelus (ostrich oil based beauty products), Les Distributions L’Escalier (jams, vinaigrettes…), Crousset inc. (seasonings, herbal teas), Vignoble le Cep D’Argent inc. (wines), Cabane du Pic Bois (maple vinegar), Douceurs de Géraldine (soaps and beauty products), Domaine Pinacle (ice cider), Atelier Alondra (artisan) et Thés C.G. (teas, tea accessories…)

Knowlton, for its duck, and so much more!
For lovers of fine food and wines, The Brome Lake Duck Fest offers the perfect excuse
for a delicious week-end in Knowlton while enjoying the charm and ambience of this historic village on the shores of Brome Lake. See More Pictures of Knowlton & Lac Brome

A full program of activities will be available during the festival on-site.

The Great Duck RaceTHE GREAT DUCK RACE IS BACK!
Another highlight is the crazy Duck Race! Crowds fill the Park at Mill Pond to watch as thousands of cute yellow ducks pour over the dam and drifted along the Coldbrook in a wild yellow race to the finish line. Kids and adults run through the bushes following the yellow rubber duckies as they bob and weave the easy flowing brook towards the finish line. People cheer, coaxed and holler at the ducks as they float towards the victory net! Relive the magic of previous Great Duck Races!

The second edition of Knowlton’s Great Duck Race, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Brome Lake, will take place on Sunday, September 28 2008. The spectacular Duck release is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on top of the Blackwood dam of the Millpond at Coldbrook Park. Get their early as the bridge fills up fast with people ready to watch the wild opening of the dam that releases the little duckies!

Tickets are sold at $5 each and are bundled in booklets of 5 tickets for $20. The Great Duck Race will be the closing event of the Duck Festival and the Chamber expects to attract a great crowd into downtown Knowlton.

The tickets can be bought at the Chamber’s office at 255-C, Knowlton Rd and at participating stores of Lac-Brome and at the Big Top at the main Festival Grandstand!


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Opinions, names, schedules and events may have changed since the opinions and event articles were written. This website should be considered a time-capsule of one residents time spent living in Knowlton not a current events website. The DestinationKnowlton.com website will be updated on a monthly basis as of August 2009.For the latest events in Knowlton and Brome Lake visit the
Chamber of Commerce of Brome Lake Website.

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