Montréal celebrates food all year round
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!
First Fridays (June 7 to October 4, 2019)
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.
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.
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.
Martinique Gourmande (September 19 to 29, 2019)
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.
Mac n' Cheese Week (annually)
A festival dedicated to showcasing the city’s best mac ‘n’ cheese. Check out the line-up of over 40 restaurants offering their own signature versions of this ooey-gooey dish.
La Pizza Week (annually in October)
A gastronomic festival dedicated to everyone’s favourite food: pizza! The event takes place in Montréal’s Little Italy with some of the city’s best restaurants celebrating this savoury pie. Come enjoy a slice!
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.
LeCHOP (January 7 to February 28, 2019)
LeCHOP, presented by the Ville-Marie Collection, sees three of the biggest downtown restaurants offering up delicious three-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.
Old Montreal's Happening Gourmand (January 10 to February 3, 2019)
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.
Poutine Week (February 1 to 7, 2019)
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 (February 21 to March 3, 2019)
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.
Le Mondial des cidres SAQ (March 1 to 3, 2019)
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.
Festival G. - Griffintown Gourmand et Gastronomique (March 7 to 17, 2019)
2019 marks the inaugural year of Festival G. - Griffintown Gourmand et Gastronomique - a gastronomy festival that celebrates food while highlighting some of the amazing restaurants in Griffintown. Choose from three different table d’hôte menus at enticing price points or “experiences" to enjoy at one of the participating restaurants: Brunch Gourmands, 5@7 branchés, and Les Belles Tables d’hôte du soir. Mimosas, cocktails and champagne included with most meals.
Cabane Panache et Bois rond (March 21 to 24, 2019)
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.
Phoque Fest (March 21 to 31, 2019)
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.
Salada Market (March 8 to April 27, 2019)
This indoor street food festival happens every weekend from March 8 to April 27 (4 p.m. to 11 p.m.) when the Salada warehouse is transformed into a hall featuring food trucks, restaurant stalls, Tiki bars, pop-up bars, live bands, DJs and family areas.
Un Chef à l’érable (March 15 to April 14, 2019)
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.
TartareFest (April 18 to 28, 2019)
Over 40 restaurants across the city offer creative interpretations of this classic French dish during the TartareFest, which is returning for its fifth edition.
California Wine Tasting (April 23, 2019)
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.
Invasion Cocktail (May 20 to 31, 2019)
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.
Festival Mondial de la bière (Montreal Beer Fest) (May 22 to 25, 2019)
The Festival Mondial de la bière has been offering workshops and demonstrations as well as samples of local microbrews and international favourites.
La Fête du Croissant (May 25, 2019)
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.
Lobster Clam Jam (May 27, 2019)
The Lobster Clam Jam sees local restaurants offering delicious bites on site along the scenic Lachine Canal.
A Taste of the Caribbean Festival (July 11 to 14, 2019)
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 23 to 25, 2019)
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.
Asian Night Market (August 30 to September 1, 2019)
Returning for a second year, the Asian Night Market will feature over 60 Asian restaurant food stalls hawking some of the best street food outside of Asia.
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.
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.