Wanderlust is the elixir of June. Long days and warm weather make anything seem possible. Maybe an off-season trip to the Caribbean sounds perfect. Maybe the Montreal Jazz Fest beckons. Or the 25th annual Telluride Wine Festival in Colorado. Or even a quick jaunt to an offbeat food fest -- say, the Virginia Pork Festival barbecue. Get out your maps and plot your course for June.
Celebrate June in this seaside village where the festival will include a saltwater fishing tournament, a hermit crab race, swimming competitions, and plenty of music. Plus, of course, an abundance of lobster. The Inn at Robert's Grove, a resort near Placencia Village, plans such dishes as whole baked lobster, lobster fritters, lobster pizza, and curried coconut Caribbean lobster. For information, go to www.placencia.com; or contact the Inn at Robert's Grove, 800-565-9757; www.robertsgrove.com.
This is one of the great musical events on the continent (www.montrealjazzfest.com). But you might want some tips on where to eat since Montreal is one of the great dining cities, too. Voila: Toqué! (900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle) introduced the idea of meticulously sourcing ingredients to Montreal dining. A few years ago, chef/owner Normand Laprise moved to larger quarters while still offering dishes such as Basses Laurentides suckling pig, wild glasswort, and Nova Scotia Princess scallops with strawberry juice and yellow bell pepper puree. For more information, 514-499-2084, www.restaurant-toque.com. Aix Cuisine du Terroir in the Hôtel Place d'Armes (711 Cote de la Place d'Armes) follows the same philosophy with such dishes as roast Charlevoix rack of veal with wild mushroom ragout and roasted caribou. For more information, 514-904-1201, www.aixcuisine.com. Version Laurent Godbout (295 rue St.-Paul Est) offers carefully sourced ingredients to eat, but goes one better, offering everything for sale, from the plates to the salt cellars. The cuisine concentrates on small plates from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and the south of France. For more information, 514-871-9135. www.version-restaurant.com.
A wine festival may sound out of character for an old mining town, but Telluride is chichi these days, and the festival, the 25th annual, features scores of wineries, classes, and discussions. Such chefs as Ana Sortun of Oleana in Cambridge and Vitaly Paley of Paley's Place in Portland, Ore., will offer tastes. And then there is the feast for your eyes: the soaring San Juan Range of the Rocky Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Costs range from $50 for single tickets to more than $500 for many events. For more information, 970-728-3178, www.telluridewinefestival.com.
If a laid-back barbecue on a June afternoon is appealing, this get-together in southeastern Virginia should be a good bet. More than 30 pork dishes will be offered for the $25 all-you-can-eat price. More than 15,000 barbecue lovers are expected to attend the event, at which 20 tons of pork will be cooked. For more information, 800-482-7675, 434-634-6611; www.vaporkfestival.com.
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