It’s the return of the local wine and cider fair at the Jean-Talon market this weekend. After a day at the Atwater Market on Saturday, August 5, wine and cider producers will be tasting their cuvées to the public.

On Saturday, August 12, six free conferences led by the co-founder of Caribou magazine, Geneviève Vézina-Montplaisir, will be presented on the mezzanine of the Jean-Talon market. On Sunday, Christine Plante, from the Lauriers de la gastronomie québécoise, will offer tasting workshops with Caroline Beaulieu, sommelier at the Légende par La Tanière restaurant, and François-Emmanuel Nicol, chef at La Tanière3.

You will be able to taste free bites prepared to pair with wines and ciders from participating producers of the Fair. Admission to the events is free, the tasting glass costs $5 and it takes between $2 and $5 to fill it.

If you are thirsty for beer in Quebec this weekend, you have to turn to the Festival of Brewers and Artisans of Quebec, which is held at the superb Domaine des Maizerets, in Limoilou. Tastings and concerts are on the program from Friday to Sunday.

Toddlers can enjoy the family area on Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., with inflatable games and make-up artist. In presale, you can buy a glass for $15 or two glasses for $25, including a tasting at the La Souche kiosk during the festival.