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Jun 20, 2007 01:42 PM

Portuguese Festival

Sort of off topic here, but does anyone know exact dates of the Portuguese festival that takes place in the parking lot of their church on Rachel street? Does it even take place there anymore? It's been years since I've been and I keep missing it the last few years, I remember it taking place in late June or early July. They'd serve up all types of grilled meats and homemade wine. Any info would be appreciated.

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  1. Couldn't find the answer quickly, but it sounds fab! Here are their coordinates in case you want to inquire directly - they don't seem to have a Web site that I can find:

    Associação Portuguesa do Canadá
    4170 St-Urbain
    Montreal, Quebec H2W 1V3
    Tel: 514.844.2269

    1. The woman answering the phone at Mission Santa Cruz says it's the weekend of August 10, 11 and 12. You might want to confirm that before making plans however.

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      1. re: carswell

        Strange, I thought they had a festival every weekend.

        1. re: rillettes

          The August event she called the "Festival de notre dame de la montagne" and before replying to my query she inquired "you mean with the one with the Portuguese food and wine?" That's all I know.

          1. re: carswell

            Does anyone have anymore info on this festival, which according to this thread, is happening this weekend?

            1. re: jellybelly25

              I cycled past there yesterday (Sunday 5 August) and saw people decorating the parking lot- square in front of the church - slowed down to see if there was any foodie activity going on and there wasn't so perhaps they were preparing for this coming weekend. It is at the corner of St-Urbain and Rachel. The name of the church is Mission Santa Cruz, 60, rue Rachel O. Montréal, Qc, H2W 1G3
              Tél: 514 844 1011 The church doesn't seem to have an e-mail or website yet (many parishes do).

      2. Hey I have all the dates of the feasts at that church...

        May 19 - 20 -21: Holy Christ of Miracles Feast
        May 26 - 27: Holy Spirit Feast
        June 24: Saint John the Baptist Feast
        August 10 - 11 - 12: Our Lady of Monte Feast
        September 1 - 2: Sacred Heart of Jesus Feast

        Have Fun! :D

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        1. re: shawnfcm

          Our Lady of Monte sounds like a local festival for a patron saint (like ND della Difesa here), so that is probably the foodie one.

          1. re: shawnfcm

            It seems that the Portuguese have even more festivals in the summer than Montrealers. If you are a Portuguese in Montreal, you'd better be a party animal!

            1. re: Gary Soup

              ya we do have a lot of feasts and yes more than montrealers. I am portuguese and i go to every one of them here in montreal... Each feast is for a Portuguese Saint... but we also have some in Laval as well.

              1. re: shawnfcm

                So, there's food sold at these feasts? (I haven't been to any so far) Let's say, if I go on 1 and/or 2 Sept., can I just buy some lovely Portuguese goodies & eat them there? What kinds of food- meats, pastries, etc? Thanks!

                1. re: morebubbles

                  Food, drink, music and dancing in the street, judging from the one I stumbled across in Providence RI around the first of June one year. The food was heartier stuff than pastries, but I don't know what goes on at other feast days and in other cities.

                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    Thanks Gary Soup! guess just go & find out! I'll be in the area tomorrow at a tiny Portuguese cafe that serves lunch, can easily arrange to be there 1-2Sept. Cheers! May I ask if you're in town?

                    1. re: morebubbles

                      Not in town, sorry. It'll be February at the earliest before I visit my beloved Montreal again.

                      1. re: Gary Soup

                        :) how nicely put! I hope you organize something, I'll definitely attend this time around!

                2. re: shawnfcm

                  Oh yum. Grilled sardines, I bet? And perhaps chicken, or sausages?

              2. re: shawnfcm

                shawnfcm, if you are still around, could you tell us the main (food-related) festivals at the Portuguese Church (or community centre) in Laval?

                Other than foodies living there (I'm thinking of friends, who could certainly eat one of those kebabs each) with the new métro line Laval is far more accessible than before, and just a good work-the-food-and-wine-off cycle ride from JTM area or anywhere else in northerly Montréal.

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                1. Was just there tonight.
                  Highlights include:
                  -Grill your own Meat station ($7.50 for a gaint skewer)
                  - Good Portugese wine sold in 1L plastic bottles for $12.50 (The reason I am writing in point form and not full sentences)

                  P.S. Wine lovers need not be put off by the plastic bottle as they are filled on site from wooden barrels.

                  P.P.S. The only place in the city where you can gamble on the actions of a hamster (If you go you'll figure it out.)

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                  1. re: Moosemeat

                    Ya I was also there tonight and don't forget that the feast continues on saturday and sunday at 2:30 is the percession