Where do corn roast feasts come from?

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Among the best summer gatherings of all and quite often combined with a BBQ, a corn roast is one of Quebec’s most cherished summer traditions. But where did it come from?  

We know a corn roast is a very popular attraction today, but in the beginning it was actually quite a bit of work. In the days of New France, corn was a staple food for the colonists and the corn harvest ended with husking time in order to put away stores for the winter ahead. As farming became more and more mechanized, it became a festive occasion and excuse to get the whole clan together around a smoking hot barbecue. But, to be honest, there’s plenty of reason to believe that corn roasts became popular because they are easy to organize and cheap. No fuss, no muss, as they say.  

An old tradition

There’s an old tradition in which two ears of red corn are mixed in with the all the corn being husked and the guy and gal who find them get dubbed King and Queen of the night and they get to dance the first dance after supper.

You gotta try this!

Kick your corn roast up a notch by wrapping some ears in bacon and grilling them on the BBQ. They’ll make you King (or Queen) of the corn roast for ever!

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