Collage of pastries ready for serving and judge cutting a contest entry
Pastries by Delecate Decadence prepared for serving. Judge Barre Public Safety "Chef" Tim Bombardier cuts a contest entry.

La Soirée Sucrée 2018 — Celebrating Barre’s Quebecois Heritage

Thursday, July 26, 5:00 – 8:30 pm 

For the last seven years, as part of the Barre Heritage Festival, the Old Labor Hall has hosted an evening of food and music celebrating Barre’s Quebecois heritage.  For the past three years, the celebration has taken the form of a Soirée Sucrée, the perfect combination of sweet eats and sweet sounds.

Again this year, the Sweet Evening is sponsored by the Delicate Decadence Cake Boutique. Chef Tim Boltin and his staff will fulfill every dream of desserts that melt in your mouth.

The Barre Historical Society hosts the Soirée Sucrée is held in honor of the late Chet Briggs, long time President of the Barre Historical Society, for the benefit the Barre Heritage Festival.

The evening is divided into three exciting components—all for one low price.

French Dessert Competition

The two Tims judging the 2017 Soiree Sucree contest: Chef Tim Boltin and Chief Tim Barbardier
The two Tims judging the 2017 Soiree Sucree contest: Chef Tim Boltin and Chief Tim Barbardier

At 5:00 pm, before the doors open to the public, contestants who fancy the quality of their French desserts will have their desserts judged by a panel of professional judges.

Here’s how to enter the competition:

  Register online or download a printable competition registration form in PDF format. 

  On July 26, bring your dessert to:

– Delicate Decadence (15 Cottage Street, Barre) by 4:30 pm, or

– the Old Labor Hall no later than 5:00 pm.

Don’t be late. No late entrants will be allowed to enter the competition.

French Dessert Tasting

At 5:30 pm, after the judging, the doors will open to the public. As with any good division of labor, the bakers have baked, the chefs have cooked. Now it’s time to make it all worth their while.

We get to savor the contest entries and also the delicious desserts provided by the talented chefs of Delicate Decadence, while we are royally entertained with a feast for the eyes and ears.

French-Canadian music performed by Michèle Choinière

Michèle Choinière
Michèle Choinière

From 6:00 pm to 8:30 pmMichèle Choinière will perform the songs of her Quebecois heritage. 

Born into a musical Franco-American family in northern Vermont, Michele began performing traditional Franco-American music at an early age with her late father Fabio, an accomplished harmonica player. In 1995, she began writing and composing her own songs.

Among other accolades, Michele received the Governor’s Heritage award in 2007, and has appeared in concert at national folk festivals from Montana to Maine, and Michigan to Massachusetts. She has worked/performed with Le Vent du Nord, David Amram, and members of La Bottine Souriante, among others. Michele’s performances blend traditional Franco-American and Quebec folk songs, original compositions, jazz standards, and an occasional French classic. 

Tickets for Soirée Sucrée 2018

  • Adults – $15 at the door, $12 in advance (plus $2.72 processing fee)  Buy Tickets Now!
  • Children under 12 – $6  (plus $2.38 processing fee)

Michèle Choinière talks about her musical heritage (2010)

For more information, go to the Barre Heritage Festival website or contact them at info@barreheritagefestival.org