Your guide to Montréal food festivals

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 August 2, 2023.

We like to party! From the large food truck gatherings at the Olympic Stadium, city-wide poutine festivals to neighbourhood sugar shacks and Asian night markets, we’ll celebrate anything in the name of food. Regardless of the time of year, we’ve got a festival you need to check out. Here are some of our favourite food events that you cannot miss!


Le Burger Week (September 1st to 14, 2023)
Initiated by the same people who bring you La Poutine Week, Le Burger Week features many restaurants around Montréal that offer their tasty interpretation of the humble hamburger.

Taco Fest (September 2 to 4, 2023)

Experience an electrifying atmosphere showcasing Montréal's finest and most renowned chefs with an authentic Mexican flair. This festival highlights a mouthwatering array of tacos, guacamole, churros, tequila, hot sauce, and other Mexican delights!

Invasion Cocktail (September 13 to 30, 2023)
Not only do you get to enjoy cocktails at a reduced price, but also the chance to immerse yourself in the cocktail culture of many participating restaurants and bars.

Martinique Gourmande (September 12 to 14, 2023)
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 fleursgastronomy.

Festival végane de Montréal (September 30 to October 1, 2023)
The Montreal vegan festival is a non-profit organization inviting everyone to discover veganism. Taking place at the Palais des Congrès, the program is packed with lectures, cooking demos, and exhibitors showcasing amazing vegan products.



La grande dégustation de Montréal (October 19 to 21, 2023)
La Grande Dégustation de Montréal is a highly anticipated annual event for wine and spirits lovers. Visitors can meet exhibitors from various countries, products and wine regions!



MTLàTABLE (November) 

Montréals own restaurant week: many restaurants in the city serving specialty table dte menus at a reduced price. 



Poutine Week (February 1 to 14, 2023)
Around 40 restaurants around the city create signature poutines our official unofficial dish in a bid to win the title of the citys best poutine.

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (February 22 to March 4, 2023)
One of the largest festivals in the world celebrating winter, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE pairs world-renowned chefs with some of the citys finest tables to create menus and wine pairings offering unforgettable experiences.



Old Montreal's Happening Gourmand (March 2 to April 2, 2023)
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 dte menus at three tempting prices will satisfy all palates.

Salon des vins Le printemps dézIPpé (March 26 to 27, 2023)
This spring wine fair is the perfect time to pick up some of your favourite privately imported wine. Discover many private import products from a few different countries!

Cabane Panache (March 23 to 26, 2023)
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.



Pizza Week (May 1 to 14, 2023)
Technically 14 days,  Pizza Week unites the city (and the country!) through cheese slices. Many restaurants in the city will offer their signature pizzas in a bid to be crowned the city’s best.

Festival Mondial de la bière (Montreal Beer Fest) (coming back on May 23 to 26, 2024)
The Festival Mondial de la bière has been offering workshops and demonstrations as well as samples of local microbrews and international favourites.



First Fridays (June 2 to October 6, 2023)
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. In August,
 the First Fridays are exceptionally not taking place at the Olympic Park, but over three days at the Quai de l'Horloge - on 4, 5 and 6 August.

Yatai (June 8 to 11, 2023)
Celebrate all things Ja
pan from food and culture. Enjoy thunderous taiko drum performances, concerts, movie viewings, artist workshops and most importantly street food! Fun for the entire family.

Cho Ðêm MTL (June 15 to 18, 2023)

The first edition of Cho Ðêm MTL spotlights the Vietnamese cultural identity in Québec with the a Vietnamese Street Food Market happening in the Peel Basin. Over the course of 4 days, visitors to the market can enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of the unique market.  Beyond the food, the festival will also feature a retail space and cultural activities. 

La Guinguette du Sud-Ouest (June 22 to 25, 2023)
A local festival that celebrates inclusivity as well as Québec culture, from music, food and performing arts. La Guinguette features local artisans and food stalls that bring you some of the best of what our province has to offer, all on the border of the Lachine Canal.

SudBest (Every last weekend - June September)
The colourful southwest area of the city puts on a monthly street festival that attracts Montréalers from all over. A play on words for sud-ouest(southwest) the SudBest neighbourhood market takes place every last Saturday and Sunday of each month from June to September. Featuring local restaurants and artisanal crafts and good times.



A Taste of the Caribbean Festival (July 6-9, 2023)
A Taste of the Caribbean Festival offers locals and visitors an exciting weekend of food, music and arts from many Caribbean countries, including Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Grenada.

Pocha MTL (July 6 to 9, 2023)

This three-day Korean festival takes over in the Peel Basin for a weekend in July. Food vendors offering up the best Korean fried chicken, tteokbokki (grilled rice cake skewers), eomuk (fish cake) and Kogos! Don’t miss out on the K-pop crew dance battles and performances.

Soif de cidre (July 28 to 30, 2023)
For a weekend in July, Soif de cidre Montréal invites you to discover the world of Quebec cider and meet many local cider producers from all over the province! 

Festival StreetFood (July 13 to 16, 2023)
2022 marked the first edition of Festival StreetFood Montréals night market/festival taking over the Old Port. Some restaurants and the citys favourite chefs will be offering over different street food items that celebrate the flavours of Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and of Course Québec.  $3 admission to the site as vendors offer dishes between $3 to $15. 

Le Grand PoutineFest (July 19 to 30, 2023)
Whats a summer festival season without celebrating poutine? Taking place in the heart of the Old Port, visit this traveling festival that features many vendors slinging the squeakiest of cheese curds with unique variations and more. Carnival games, drinks and fun.

Peel MTL Foodies (July to October, 2023)
Discover Montreal’s iconic Peel street through food! Many restaurants along the strip offer a unique gastronomic experience starting in summer right through the autumn months. Enjoy a variety of culinary offerings and a party atmosphere with live DJs throughout happy hour and weekend!



La Guinguette du Vieux-Montréal (August 3 to 6, 2023)

Following last year’s successful first edition of les Guinguettes in the Sud-Ouest borough, the festivities will expand this year with the first ever Old Montréal edition. Delicious food, energetic dancing, games, live music, including DJ sets and more are only part of the fun to be had. Discover local Quebec artisans at the Tropical Market, and indulge in one of 8 restaurants, including the famous Merci Tâta. 

First Fridays (June 2 to October 6, 2023 and August 4, 5, and 6, 2023)

Join the fleet of Montréal food trucks over three days at Quai de l'Horloge - August 4, 5 and 6 for some awesome open-air eats.

ItalfestMTL (August 4 to 20, 2023)

Previously known as Montreal’s “Italian Week”, Italfest offers a variety of activities and events in various Montreal neighborhoods, celebrating everything “La dolce vita”. From performances  concerts to the legendary street festival in Little Italy on the iconic St. Laurent Boulevard, this event is a summer staple in the city.

Halal Ribfest Tour (August 4 to 6, 2023)

The Halal Ribfest Tour 2023 is North America's largest Halal Barbecue and Fast Food Truck Festival, and it will happen in Montréal at Place Vertu. Spanning 13 Canadian and 7 US cities, this festival showcases an extraordinary fusion of flavors and cultural experiences. 

Montreal Ribfest (August 18 to 20, 2023)

This festival is for the barbecue aficionados. This traveling pack of ribbers from across Canada make their way to the city to serve up some delicious ‘cue - ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and more. Other food vendors and perch retailers on site as well. Stationed in various neighbourhoods throughout the summer, follow their schedule online or just follow your nose!


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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