Maple taffy on snow is one of the unique treats at the Sugar Shack Brunch.

Maple taffy on snow is one of the unique treats at the Sugar Shack Brunch.

Sugar Shack returning to Prince Rupert in 2014

The dates are set and AFFNO has begun preparations for the Sugar Shack Festival d’Hiver.

The dates are set and the Association des Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest (AFFNO) has begun preparations for the Sugar Shack Festival d’Hiver.

The annual celebration of Francophone culture will take place from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25, with the Sugar Shack Brunch set for 11 a.m. on Jan. 25 at the Dick St. Louis Auditorium. The brunch will include traditional food of the Quebecois, including taffy-on-snow, and this year AFFNO has arranged a unique brand of entertainment for the event.

“This year we have booked Les Bucherons, or in English The Lumberjacks, which is a couple of crazy guys who play music from the traditional lumberjacks of old-town Quebec with things like wooden spoons, guitar and the accordion. They’re based out of Edmonton, but happen to be Quebecois,” explained AFFNO executive director Patrick Witwicki, noting the group will hold a workshop for any interested ticket holders.

“From everything I’ve heard, they’re really good. The kids love them, but they also have a sense of humour that parents can appreciate.”

This will be the fourth year for the Sugar Shack Brunch, and it is an event that has grown in popularity as time has passed.

“Last year was our best ever in terms of attendance. I estimate there was about 280 people there between people attending and volunteers,” said Witwicki.