With over 100,000 visitors a year, the Foire Brayonne is considered one of the largest Francophone festivals east of Quebec. Set on the banks of the St. john River, the fair is primarily a celebration of the residents of the legendary Republic of Madawaska (called Brayons and Brayonnes) and is a way to express their culture and history.
As soon as you get there, you absolutely must taste the region’s traditional dish. Savour your first ploye, or buckwheat pancake, as you prefer: smothered in butter, cretons (traditional meat spread) or brown sugar!
Stop by the “Our Republic, Our History” site and talk with the various characters in period costume to learn about Brayon history. Tour the crafters’ square and take the opportunity to admire or purchase creations by our artisans. See our sculptor, Albert Deveau, hard at work; each year he expertly carves wood with a chain saw!
The little ones will have a blast at the Children’s Village, which offers games, face painting and various activities. They’ll be thrilled to meet Typique, the friendly porcupine mascot.
The 5-day event features regional musicians and singers as well as North American stars. On Friday, don’t miss the celebrated Party du parking (parking lot party). It’s a very colourful event!
The Foire Brayonne is a perfect opportunity to socialize and discover different facets of the region’s culture. Share the Brayons’ enthusiasm and joie de vivre – come join the party!