Harvest Festival, Week 1 Highlights!

The 2nd Mont Echo Sea Buckthorn Harvest Festival is well underway and the response has been amazing so far! People have been arriving from all over, excited to try the products, meet the trees and learn something new.

Tours are as usual at the heart of the Festival. Running 4 days a week (Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturdays, Sundays and for large groups by appointment), the tours have been full and lively! Visitors are brought from the Boutique in Knowlton out to a small, private production orchard in picturesque Sutton to learn more about the history, cultivation and uses of Sea Buckthorn. This year we’ve hosted families, potential growers, curious tourists – and even a bride with her wedding party! For a small fee, visitors can even fill a bag with berries and experience a true harvest moment. For all those who are contemplating a tour, please call us at 450.243.5777 to reserve a place and be sure to arrive at the Boutique at 12:45 on the day of your tour. You’ll be given a map and information before departing the parking lot with your guide.

Skin care education is an integral part of everything we do here at Mont Echo, and our in-house esthetician Véronique Picard has been fabulous on her consultation and spa treatment days at the Boutique (Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays). The mini-facial has gotten rave reviews and her consults are always personalized and effective. Véronique is on the floor to speak with customers between 11 and 3 (and later, depending on spa appointments) on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays and available for mini-facials at the Boutique by appointment (450-243-5777).

Last, but certainly not least, the restaurants participating in the Festival continue to deliver delicious, inspired Sea Buckthorn dishes to patrons. Just this week, my family and I enjoyed Chocolate Sea Buckthorn Fudge at La Vie Sucree; Sea Buckthorn, Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup and Tortellini with Sea Buckthorn & Ginger at Café Floral; and an array of Sea Buckthorn-inspired specials at Le Relais including Mussels with Tequila & Sea Buckthorn, Salmon with Sea Buckthorn & Goat Cheese, Duck with Sea Buckthorn & Carmelized Onions and Cheesecake with Sea Buckthorn Coulis. Everything was absolutely delicious! We are looking forward to visiting Star Café, Brie & Cie, the Knowlton Marina and L’Echo des Saveurs next!!

Harvest Festival continues at Mont Echo through August 28th; visit www.festivalmontecho.com for more information.

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