Montréal celebrates food all year round

Jason Lee

Montrealers love to celebrate anything and everything, especially food and drink. Here are the top 19 food events that you need to look out for!

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Chef à l’érable (March 15 to April 16, 2018)

Chef à l’érable is an upscale spin on a timely Québecois 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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Mac + Cheese Week (April 9 to 15, 2018)

A festival dedicated to showcasing the city’s best mac ‘n cheese. Check out the lineup of over 40 restaurants offering their own signature versions of this ooey-gooey dish.

Tartare Fest (April 19 to 29, 2018)

Over 40 restaurants across the city offer creative interpretations of this classic French dish during the Tartare Fest, which is returning for its fifth edition.

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La Fête du Croissant (April 28, 2018)

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 $1.25. It has now spread from Montreal to Toronto and all the way to Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

First Fridays (Annually from May to October)

Join the fleet of Montréal food trucks every first Friday of the summer and autumn months at the Esplanade Sun Life at the Olympic Park, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for some awesome open air eats.

Invasion Cocktail – Montréal Cocktail Week (May 14 to 20, 2018)

Enjoy cocktails at a reduced price at participating restaurants. Celebrate the cocktail culture in 20 participating bars.

Lobster Clam Jam (May 27, 2018)

The Lobster Clam Jam sees local restaurants offering delicious bites on site along the scenic Lachine Canal.

Le Mondial de la bière (Montreal Beer Fest) (June 6 to 9, 2018)

The Festival Mondial de le bière has been offering workshops and demonstrations, as well as samples of local micro brews and international favourites.

Night Market (Summer 2018)

Returning for a second year, the Night Market will feature over 60 Asian restaurant food stalls hawking some of the best street food outside of Asia.

A Taste of the Caribbean Festival (July 12 to 15, 2018)

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

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Montréal Oysterfest (Annually in August)

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

Omnivore Food Festival (annually in August)

In collaboration with the SAT (Society for Arts and Technology), the Omnivore World Tour visits Montreal for a multi-day symposium consisting of discussions and cooking demonstrations by both local and world-renowned chefs.

YUL EAT (Annually in September)

YUL EAT is not only a “food festival” but also a celebration of all aspects of gastronomy featuring wine tastings, celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, food vendors, family activities and a fleet of food trucks.

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Le Burger Week (Annually in September)

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.

La Pizza Week (annually in October)

A gastronomic festival dedicated to everyone’s favourite food: pizza! This event takes place in Montréal’s little Italy, so come celebrate with some of the city’s best restaurants.

MTL à TABLE (November 1 to 11, 2018)

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

Happening Gourmand (Annually January to February)

For a whole month, Happening Gourmand takes you on a gastronomic journey through the nine restaurants of Experience Old Montréal located in Old Montréal; from Japanese, Italian, Quebec terroir and steakhouse. Special table d’hôte menus at three tempting prices, will satisfy all palates.

Le Chop (Annually in February)

Le Chop – presented by the Ville Marie Collection sees five of the biggest downtown restaurants offering up a delicious 3-course table d’hôte menus for a “chopped” – reduced price. The signature dishes created by their top chefs are only available for the duration of the event.

Je t’aime en chocolat (Annually in February)

A weekend-long event dedicated to all things chocolate. Join chocolate vendors and experience seminars by the Academy of Chocolate and a chocolate fashion show, all for free at Bonsecours Market. This decadent event is on hold for 2018 but will be back bigger and better than ever from February 8 to 10, 2019!

La Poutine Week  (Annually in February)

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.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (Annually in February)

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.

Mondial des cidres (Annually in March)

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

Cabane Panache et Bois Rond (March 22 to 25, 2018)

Wellington Street in Verdun transforms into a winter lumberjack village. This street festival is celebrating its 8th year with family-friendly activities and restaurant vendors dishing up maple-inspired dishes curb-side.

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Cabane à Sucre Urbaine (annually in March)

Marché Jean-Talon and Marché Atwater, two of the city’s iconic farmers’ markets, turn into urban sugar shacks in March. Sample delicious maple delicacies directly from the producers!

Jason Lee

Jason Lee, blogger

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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