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Summer Festival: Old Quebec overflows with festival goers

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Old Quebec yesterday was packed with restaurants, bars and hotels on the Grande Allée overflowing with the great return of the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ), the economic engine of traders.

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“The FEQ represents for me 15 to 20% of my annual turnover. For just ten days, it’s intense, “says Philippe Desrosiers, owner of Brasserie Inox on the Grande Allée.

The traders met The newspaper they were unanimous, nothing can beat the turnout of the number one cultural event in Quebec.


Vacationers take it easy and take advantage of the summer to have an aperitif on the terrace of the Taverna.

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Vacationers take it easy and take advantage of the summer to have an aperitif on the terrace of the Taverna.

“The month of July is always very influenced by the Summer Festival. This is our most important time each year. It’s nice to see people again ”, says Fabio Monti, co-owner of the Ophelia restaurant and the Atelier.

“The Festival d’été de Québec contributes to the current traffic and this contrasts with very interesting summer forecasts”, welcomes Alupa Clarke of the Association hôtelière de la region de Québec.

Shortage of manpower

If the clientele is there with the return of the FEQ, the main problem for most merchants remains the labor shortage.


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Michelle Doré, who owns several downtown hotels, admits she could easily hire about 20 more employees.

“There are evenings when I can’t go 100% [de la capacité de réservation] because I don’t have enough people to work. Same thing at the restaurant, I would like to open 7 out of 7. At the moment I open 5 evenings and 4 for lunch. “


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Louis-Philippe Tremblay, general manager and co-owner of the Taverne, decided to hire everyone who offered to help out during the two intense weeks of the Festival d’été.


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“I take all of them. There are some who have never worked in a restaurant in their life, but it’s super fun. I give them a small section and the customers are there to have fun and the employees too. “

Happy festival goers

For this prime time, festival attendees came from all over Quebec. Florence Brousseau and Sarah-Maude Martin, 19, traveled from Gaspé to Quebec City to experience the atmosphere of the FEQ, but also to see their idol, Luke Combs.


At 19, Florence Brousseau and Sarah-Maude Martin went to Gaspé to experience the Festival d'été de Québec.

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At 19, Florence Brousseau and Sarah-Maude Martin went to Gaspé to experience the Festival d’été de Québec.

“We stay five days. We love country and he is one of our favorite singers. We take this opportunity to see Charlotte Cardin. “

For Jessica Lockwell of Quebec and Josée Langevin of Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, the evening was perfect for a mother-daughter outing.


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“The weather is nice, we came by bus, no parking problems. It’s great, we missed the Summer Festival, ”says her mother with her son-in-law’s bracelet, who prefers Rage Against The Machine.

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