To launch its third season, the Saint-Anicet-based farm and table champêtre Le Mangeoir will be offering two distinct culinary experiences. “What sets us apart from other table champêtres is the fact that we raise our own animals, grow our own vegetables, and 90 percent of everything we serve comes directly from the farm,” says Marie Daudelin, who co-owns the restaurant, bed and breakfast (B&B), and farm boutique with her partner, Guillaume Asselin. The first experience revolves around an interactive and personalized culinary activity on the farm. Starting with a surprise seasonal menu cooked by Asselin, all five courses are prepared in front of the guests, where each ingredient is carefully explained. “This year, we will be offering the activity on Fridays and Saturdays, and we are almost fully booked. I only have about twenty places left,” says Daudelin. In addition to the gourmet meals, B&B, and boutique, the couple will also be offering visitors the chance to have a picnic on the farm this summer. “The picnics will start on July 21,” Daudelin explains, noting the activity will take place every other Sunday, and visitors will be able to bring their own wine. Le Mangeoir is extending its culinary offer this summer to include gourmet picnics at its Saint-Anicet location. PHOTO Le Mangeoir Visitors will be invited to purchase a basket filled with delicious picnic fare featuring local flavours in season that can be enjoyed anywhere on the vast property. “We think we may be able to attract more visitors from the region,” says Daudelin of the gourmet picnics. Currently, over 75 per cent of their customers come from outside the area, and mainly from Montreal. When asked about their future plans, Daudelin suggests that she and her partner would like to eventually have a liquor licence that would allow them to create partnerships with local beer and wine producers, including Brasserie Barabas and Livingstone Brewing. “We also want to plan farm tours and build an interpretation centre, but these are just ideas for now. It would definitely be easier to realize them with the region’s help,” she says with a laugh. More information on Le Mangeoir and its different activities is available online at lemangeoir.com.