( Courtesy Sunkist Growers )

Sunkist Growers treated Montreal residents to a bright, garden-themed pop-up to escape the winter blues.

The citrus cooperative’s Citrus & Herb Garden taught more than 1,000 people how to pair citrus and herbs to encourage citrus consumption, according to a news release. The event was at Le Cathcart, a new foodie destination at the Place Ville Marie.

Mixologist Rose Simard served mocktails at a citrus herb garden beverage bar, and skincare and wellness expert Léa Bégin taught Montrealers about using citrus for skins scrubs.

“This is a great time of year to bring a little California sunshine to Canada,” Christina Ward, director of global brand marketing, said in the release. “By giving consumers in Montreal a taste of our California-grown citrus, we were able to showcase the versatility of our fruit through herbaceous pairings in dishes, drinks, décor and more.”  

Most Sunkist citrus varieties are shipping in winter, including navels, cara cara oranges, blood oranges, Minneola tangelos, lemons and mandarins according to the release.

Sunkist plans another Citrus & Herb Garden pop-up for a tour around Toronto this spring.

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