To fully enjoy the rest of the summer and also to satisfy your taste buds, we’ve compiled a list of some of Montreal’s best food events that are happening this summer.
So get your foodie calendar out and make sure you mark down these 9 delicious happenings!
Quebec’s first-ever Grey Goose Terrace will be open all summer long. Located at the Old Montreal hot spot Sea Salt & Ceviche (led by chef Kimberly Lallouz) be ready to savour oysters & martinis, pop-tails, in addition to Grey Goose punch, food and cocktail pairings in a fun and festive ambiance.
Where: Sea Salt and Ceviche, 351 Place Royale
When: Every day as of July 11th
The Jardins Gamelin is the perfect summer destination for al fresco lunches, extended after-work drinks and lively weekends for the whole family. The snack bar, lead by the Ball Park restaurant team, is serving a new, even more varied menu this year. Newest additions: brunches will be served on week-ends as of 9 am and a dairy bar will serves fruit pops, soft-serve ice cream in seasonal flavours and homemade chocolate dips.
Where: Place Émilie-Gamelin
When: Every day until 11 pm until October 15th
Located only 30 minutes from the eastern tip of the island of Montreal, Le Festival de Lanaudière offers so much more than great township charm. Once there, head over to the SAQ bistro, which is the meeting place for wine tasting, ports and light meals with a local flare. Classic and vegetarian box lunch’s are offered along with hot BBQ meals such as a grilled cheese sandwich made with Guillaume Tell cheese from Domaine Féodal, caramelized onions, bacon and Granny Smith apples.
Where: Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay in Joliette, Québec
When: July 1st- August 6th.
If you’re looking for something different to try this summer, why not take part in one of Montreal’s premier outdoor festivals, les Nuits d’Afrique! While at this unique event, enjoy a variety of tasty and exotic food that you’ll find nowhere else this summer!
Where: Between St-Urban, Ontario and Clark Street
When: July 11-July 23rd.
Located in the Quartier des Spectacles between Jeanne-Mance & St-Laurent, Bouffons MTL! is part of the Just for Laughs festival and also the largest open-air gastronomy village in North America. This year’s honorary guests are Marc-André Jetté and Jessica Harnois. The chef and the sommelier will host a series of meet & greets and other conferences, in addition to serving a special Bouffons MTL! menu. Some of the returning favourites on the program this year are Mandy’s, Jerry mobile from Jérome Ferrer, Maïs, Porchetta while the festival welcomes some newcomers such as Brit & Chips, as well as ice cream & sorbets from crafty dairy bar Les Givrés.
When: July 15th – 30th from 12 pm – 11 pm
Cost: Free admission + you pay for the food you order
Every summer, Balnea Spa & Réserve Thermale organizes a gourmet food competition that brings together Quebec’s best chefs. Every Sunday from July to September, a guest chef takes over the Beach Club restaurant to serve his summer dish, paired with a wine selected by the guest sommelier. On Sunday July 16th, James Baran and Xavier Rousseau of Kampai Garden will be serving their summer dish (duck magret with shishito purée, egg yolk and dashi) at the spa all day long. You’ll also find the Mr. Wilson ice cream wagon on site for cool and sweet bites.
When: Sunday July 16th (and every Sunday until September 3rd)
Where: Balnea Spa, 319 chemin du lac Gale, Bromont
The Night Market is, in fact, the “it” block party of the Mile-Ex. The concept was born at the end of summer 2013 with the establishment of street cuisine in Montreal. The next Night Market will take place on July 29th where Montrealers can enjoy delicious dishes while discovering artists and community vendors on the spot.
When: Saturday July 29th, and every last Saturday of the month until September (check their Facebook Page for the complete schedule)
Cost: free entrance
Every First Friday, from June to October, the biggest food truck rally in Canada takes place at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, on the Esplanade Financière Sun Life. Organized by the Quebec Food Truck Association, this event features over 50 Montreal food trucks including Lucille’s, Mr.Crémeux, Gargantua, Le Cheese, and more. . With more than 2000 seats and a DJ, it’s going to be one heck of a party on the Esplanade this summer.
When: Friday August 4th, 4 pm – 11 pm
Where: Olympic Park
Conveniently situated in Montreal’s Old Port on the Clock Tower Quay, YULEAT is a unique event that focuses on our beloved city. On Labor Day weekend, guests get the chance to discover great street cuisine in a series of tastings, chef demonstrations and food stands. This year, guest can enjoy the newest addition: “Le Parcours Gourmand” in Hangar 16 that features 20 food stations including: Nick Kemball (Libertine Bakehouse), Stéphanie Audet (LOV), Stelio Perombelon (M.Mme), and 18 wine and spirits stations operated by Montreal finest sommeliers. During the weekend, guests can also take part in chef demonstrations that involve free tastings.
When: September 2nd – 4th Saturday & Sunday from 11am – 11pm / Monday from 11am – 9pm
Cost: Admission: 5$ + food tickets can be buy in advance or on site