Montréal celebrates food all year round

Jason Lee

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

This article was updated on July 19, 2019.

Montrealers love to celebrate anything and everything, especially food and drink. Here are the top 27 food events that you need to look out for!

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Invasion Cocktail (postponed)

Not only do you get to enjoy cocktails at a reduced price, but also the chance to immerse yourself in the cocktail culture of over 20 participating restaurants and bars.

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First Fridays (postponed)

Join the fleet of Montréal food trucks every first Friday of the month from May to October at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for some awesome open-air eats.

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A Taste of the Caribbean Festival (July 9 to 12, 2020)

A Taste of the Caribbean Festival offers locals and visitors an exciting weekend of food, music and arts from over 20 Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Grenada.

International Kombucha Festival (August 28, 2020)

This year is the second annual International Kombucha Festival. Come sample kombucha from 17 different Canadian, American and Icelandic companies as well as many local producers.

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Montréal Oysterfest (summer 2020)

A weekend-long festival that brings together some of the city’s finest restaurants and bars to celebrate our all-time favourite bivalve mollusk: the oyster.

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Le Burger Week (September 1 to 7, 2019)

Initiated by the same people who bring you La Poutine Week, Le Burger Week features over 30 restaurants around Montréal that offer their tasty interpretation of the humble hamburger.

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Festival YUL EAT (September 9 to 15, 2019)

Festival YUL EAT (in collaboration with Breville) celebrates its 6th edition this year, which promises a celebration of all aspects of gastronomy at the Parterre du Quartier des spectacles. Explore 20 different stations at the Grand Tasting Experience as well as four culinary demonstrations by renowned chefs. Take in two exciting theme nights, wine and spirit tastings, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and food vendors for seven days! VIP access available.

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Martinique Gourmande (September 17 to 27, 2020)

The Martinique Tourism Committee started this modest culinary initiative in 2008 with only four participating restaurants. Today, you can enjoy the culinary influences of the colorful island of Martinique at over 40 different restaurants where local chefs and mixologists offer dishes and cocktails inspired by the “île aux fleurs” gastronomy.

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Festival Mondial de la bière (Montreal Beer Fest) (October 8 to 11, 2020)

The Festival Mondial de la bière has been offering workshops and demonstrations as well as samples of local microbrews and international favourites.

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MTLàTABLE (November 1 to 13, 2019)

Montréal’s own restaurant week: over 140 restaurants in the city serving specialty table d’hôte menus at a reduced price.

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Old Montreal's Happening Gourmand (January 16 to February 9, 2020)

For a whole month, Happening Gourmand takes you on a gastronomic journey through the nine restaurants of Experience Old Montréal (a select group of boutique hotels and restaurants in the old city), from Japanese and Italian to Québec terroir and steakhouse. Special table d’hôte menus at three tempting prices will satisfy all palates.

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Poutine Week  (February 1 to 7, 2020)

Some 40 restaurants around the city create signature poutines – our official unofficial dish – in a bid to win the title of the city’s best poutine.

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MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (February 20 to March 1, 2020)

One of the largest festivals in the world celebrating winter, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE pairs world-renowned chefs with some of the city’s finest tables to create menus and wine pairings offering unforgettable experiences.

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Le Mondial des cidres SAQ (February 28 to March 1, 2020)

Taking place at the Grande-Place of Complexe Desjardins, this event introduces over 300 varieties of sparkling, still and ice ciders made locally in Québec.

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Cabane Panache (cancelled this year)

Wellington Street in Verdun transforms into a winter lumberjack village. This street festival is celebrating its eighth year with family-friendly activities and restaurant vendors dishing up maple-inspired creations along the curb.

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Un Chef à l’érable (cancelled this year)

Un Chef à l’érable is an upscale spin on a timely Québécois springtime tradition: the “cabane à sucre” or sugar shack. This urban sugar shack takes place in the Old Port of Montréal at La Scena, where Chef Laurent Godbout offers up his interpretation of sugar shack classics.

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California Wine Tasting (cancelled this year)

This one-day event held at the Bonsecours Market in Old Montréal will provide wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs the opportunity to sample over 400 premium wines from California’s top 150 wine producers. 

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La Fête du Croissant (April 25, 2020)

A festival that celebrates this classic French pastry started a few years ago with a handful of local bakeries selling this buttery and flakey favourite for $1. It has now spread from Montréal to Toronto and all the way to the Magdalen Islands.

Phoque Fest (May 14 to 24, 2020)

Experience seal meat in this first of its kind festival. Recipes specially prepared by some of the best chefs in Montréal, Québec City, and the Magdalen Islands. Over 20 restaurants offering dishes that start at only $10.

Jason Lee

Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.

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