“You gotta eat” is something that every mother/grandmother has been heard to exclaim at one point or another. Food is life! We need it to survive and it has evolved into a veritable art form. As such festivals have cropped up all over the world. Montreal is a natural place for such festivals. We have a rather work to live type existence here.
So, logically, as part of the winter season’s biggest festival there is an entire section devoted to food and drink. Montreal en Lumiere happens at a time in which we are tired of snow and the cold. It is a welcomed distraction. The gastronomie portion is happening from February 20 – March 1, 2020 at various locations around the city.
It is the 21st edition of the festival and with each passing year it gets bigger and they get better at it. Better at what they offer. The variety and accessibility is astounding! Something not to be missed. The theme this year is “voyage au coeur des saveurs”. Following along with that theme the food part of the festival will allow attendees to travel throughout the province of Quebec and the entire planet trying food from everywhere.
Attention is paid to accessibility. It is a festival for everyone. Events will happen at all times of the day – morning, noon and night. They will be of all kinds of varieties like tours, lectures and musical performances. They will be of the paid or free variety. Events will take place outdoors and indoors. It involves food and drink. No excuse to miss out!
While there are too many things happening to list them all here the following are some examples of what you can partake in:
- Family Lunches with Jerome Ferrer and Jean Soulard – $35 3-course menu before wine (tax and tip not included), free for children under 15. The number of children must not exceed the number of adults at the table
- Japanese Street Food – $25 3-course menu before wine (tax and tip not included)
- Scrumptious Seafood! – $125 including wine (tax and tip not included)
- Peruvian Cuisine in the Spotlight – $55 before wine (tax and tip not included)
- Inspiring Charlevoix – $50 4-course menu (without foie gras); $60 5-course menu (tax and tip not included)
- The Demon Chef is in Town – With : Alvin Leung $115 6-course menu before wine; $175 6-course menu including wine (tax and tip not included)
- Loco for Local Food! – $55, 4-course menu before wine; $73 4-course menu including beer and $85 4-course menu including wine (tax and service not included)
- Champagne Happy Hour – With : Jean Sébastien Sicard $60 6-course menu before wine (tax and tip not included)
- The Franklin Electric – $35 to $38
- Black Truffles Brunch – Menu from $84 (tax and tip not included)
- Sake Discovery – $110 per person
- Grandbois Chocolate – With: John Badger, Manon Rousseau, Kevin Shufelt $70 before wine; $110 including wine (tax and service not included)
- After-Work Aperatif – $8 the bite; $25, two glasses of wine and a bite
- Discover Greek Cuisine in Montreal – $110 per person
- For the Love of Beer – $55, 4-course menu before wine; $73 4-course menu including beer and $85 4-course menu including wine (tax and service not included)