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Aug 12, 2009 06:28 AM

Pointe à Callières public market


Saturday and Sunday August 29 and 30, the streets surrounding Pointe-à-Callière will be the host of a very popular exterior event : Pointe-à-Callière's 18th-Century Public Market.

Over the course of a single weekend, the public will experience the authentic atmosphere of Montréal's first public market with farmers, craftspeople, and entertainers demonstrating their skills. Discerning gourmets will be delighted to taste goods that are historically authentic: wild fruit jelly, chocolate truffles, maple products, cheeses, lamb sausage, spruce beer and mushrooms. Along with storytellers and musicians, the Market will be host to plenty of other activities, with a military regiments, a Native encampment, and some one hundred historical figures on site.

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  1. I love this market, same thing every year but i just like the whole concept, some free tastings but enjoy grazing for lunch with strong cheeses, the lamb sausage, the chocolates, the blueberries, and the sunny ambience. But for this coming weekend in old Montreal there is another foodie event on the Jacques Cartier pier/quay -- free entrance but for the tasting you have to purchase coupons (20$)
    the exhibitors list is only in french and may have others as is dated july 31

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    1. re: wilmagrace

      didn't know about neither... thanks!! Will definitely go to the Old port event this week-end, all those conferences and tastings are really interesting. Anybody know how many coupons are needed on average to taste one item ?

      The one at the end of August is at the same time as the Mexican St-Rémi fair, thought choice!

      1. re: Chocolatine

        i didnt see on site how coupons work but if allowed on this site checkout website of couleurjazz as they have a contest to win these coupons....

        1. re: wilmagrace

          just a reminder it is this weekend and here are the participants:

          Takes place in front and alongside archeology museum and on sidestreets around museum boutique.
          I get the samething every year lamb sausage, blueberries and /or strawberries and all kinds of cheeses on countrystyle bread, beer and if i have room melon slice, apple pie, truffle! Quantities are small and they charge $1-3 so it is more a grazing experience.

          1. re: wilmagrace

            Though if I go anywhere this weekend it's likely to be St-Rémi, thanks for the link. The list of PAC vendors includes a name I'd despaired of ever seeing again except in "remember when" posts: Un, deux, trois Chocolat!. Turns out they have a website -- -- that mentions a boutique but doesn't list an address. This must be investigated.

            (Un, deux, trois Chocolat! used to have a shop on Casgrain, across the street from the Poissonnerie Shamrock, near the Jean Talon Market. Renowned for their truffles -- which featured, for then, unusual and even challenging flavours like bergamot, blue cheese and spice -- as well as chocolate masks and, in the back room, chocolaterotica. The truffles were more rustic than refined but memorable. Great to learn the place is still around.)

            1. re: wilmagrace

              Thanks for the reminder! Is it me, or is there no date/time information in the press release? Geesh! I can look for it elsewhere, but I mean, PR 101!

              1. re: kpzoo

                Saturday, August 29, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
                Sunday, August 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                In Place Royale and the streets around the Museum
                A FREE EVENT


                page 2 has musical groups
                it is simple, small event but charming in its simplicity

                1. re: wilmagrace

                  Thanks! How odd that the June press release included dates/times but not the August one.

                  1. re: kpzoo

                    I went for a a walk in Place Youville last night and saw that they are already starting to set up the booths and tables.

                    1. re: bigfellow

                      its true the place is all set up this evening complete with vegetables lying on hay, unfortuately I may skip it as rained planned and the ambience would not be the same....not sure how they could hold it with all the rain predicted as dont have much shelter in the food stalls.

      2. I went after brunch at Holder, about noon. Not very busy.

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        1. re: bigfellow

          I went today since the sun had come out and the place was very busy, with families and tourists. I had assorted cheeses from two farms, lamb sausage, apple pie(just soso), blueberries, trufflex2, (bought maple syrup candies for someone and ate them too but later), and added in this year buckwheat pancakes with maple syrup, frosty apple juice, orpailleur wine, and enhanced by musical groups, storyteller, watching the kids doing pirate search and other games and people making lace, spinning wool, etc Relaxing and they do it so well with people dressed up in different roles and mingling with the crowds. They had a mushroom booth this year with many kinds for purchase, almost bought one of their packages of assorted ones as so attractive.