Montréal summer street food festival season is here

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 12, 2022.

From borough block parties to the biggest food truck gathering in North America, as well as the largest sidewalk sale in the country, Montréal’s food scene is hitting the ground running. Join in the celebration of summer and do not miss any of these festivals around the city!

First Fridays (Every first Friday of the Month from 4 to 11 p.m. June to October)

As per tradition, the official-unofficial start to summer and festival season kicked off with the “First Fridays” event at the Olympic Park. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this festival is back this year with a unique concept. Each event will feature a cultural theme that will be represented in a family-friendly program of entertainment, perfectly paired with food from around the world.

Festival StreetFood (July 7-10)

The Festival StreetFood Montréal’s nightmarket/festival takes over the Clock Tower Quay in the Old Port in early July. Over 30 restaurants and the city’s favourite chefs will be offering over 100 different street food items that celebrate the flavours of Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and, of course, Québec.  Admission to the site is $3 and vendors offer dishes between $3 to $12.

Le Grand Poutine Fest (July 13-31)

What’s a summer festival season without celebrating poutine? Taking place in the heart of the Old Port, travelling festival features over 20 vendors slinging the squeakiest of cheese curds with unique variations. Carnival games, drinks and fun for the whole family.

 

A Taste of the Caribbean Festival (August 25-28)

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. Arts, culture, food and a “Rum Zone” awaits!

Le Burger Week (September 1-7)

Brought to you by the same team behind La Poutine Week, Le Burger Week features over 30 restaurants around Montréal that offer their tasty interpretation of the humble hamburger. Eat your way across the city sampling delectable burgers creations and vote for the best!

Shoni Market (September 8-11)

Put on your walking shoes and come hungry, because “Canada’s biggest foodie market and sidewalk sale” is coming back to the west part of downtown Montréal. A four-kilometre stretch of Shaughnessy Village (nicknamed “Shoni” for short) will turn into a pedestrian mall where visitors will be able to shop, eat and show off their corgis – YES, there will be a corgi parade!

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 the month from June to September, featuring local restaurants, artisanal crafts and good times.

Les Guinguettes (July 21-24)

A local festival that celebrates inclusivity as well as Québec culture, from music, food and performing arts. Les Guinguettes features local artisans and food stalls that bring you some of the best that the province has to offer.

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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