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Jan 3, 2012 12:02 PM

Food Events & Festivals in Quebec & Montreal - 2012 Master List

Starting a thread for food events in 2012.

Thanks to SnackHappy for the heads-up about this year's Fiesta des Cultures - Mexican and Guatemalan Festival in St-Remi - taking place August 24-26, 2012

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  1. Do not know more details than the webdescription, price seems right

    there is an international food event taking place in Montreal this year but I have forgotten the name, there was a posting about it last year, I think last event was in Paris or Singapore, does anyone remember the name of this event?

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    1. re: mangoannie

      Dishcrawl is a kind of bait and switch. They get the restaurants to offer up the dishes for free (or at significant discounts) and then charge the participants "full retail." The menu is driven by what restaurants are willing to offer food that will give them the biggest margins, not by what is delicious. Sort of like Groupon.

      And Derek Dammann is participating in Omnivore

      1. re: EaterBob

        I like the concept of Dishcrawl, I've done 3 of them. Loved the first one (desserts), less than thrilled with the others. until now, I did not understand why they were so expensive. Thanks EaterBob!

        My turn to ask a question. As part of High Lights, is the cheese festival returning to Complexe Desjardins, or are we stuck with the cheesy chef competition at the Queen E? (Fully aware of the pun)

        1. re: rwarren

          what a pity, I dont see anything listed about the cheese festival online or in their brochure; complexe desjardins doesnt yet have their events posted for 2012

          1. re: mangoannie

            I actually emailed the website and they said that, sadly, the Cheese Festival would not be happening in 2012. Something about renovations at Complexe Desjardins.

          2. re: rwarren

            dishcrawl january version was featured on tourism montreal site

          3. re: EaterBob

            The food is not free. Your ticket covers at least 90% of the cost of the food. The restaurants are not chosen by margin.

            ps: I organized the Croissant Dishcrawl in October 2010.

            1. re: marblebag

              but it is a for-profit organisation right?

              1. re: marblebag

                My bad, and apologies. How are the restaurants chosen?

                1. re: EaterBob

                  The event I organized had bakeries chosen based on personal tasting with great sacrifice to my waistline. It was not a for-profit event but that may have changed since. The company's plan at the time was to build community karma and make money on ads

                  When I helped plan an event last year I was given an area of interest. I built a Google map of restaurants and the organizer picked them based on a theme.

                  1. re: marblebag

                    Last night's Dishcrawl went to three restaurants that are all owned by the same company. I find it hard to believe that delicious food was the main priority behind choosing them.

                    1. re: EaterBob

                      The list of restaurant was the following according to a tweet by @shutupandeat

                      Cheeburger Cheeburger, Deville Diner Bar, Anton & James and Reubens

                      1. re: westaust

                        Deville Diner Bar, Anton & James and Reubens are all owned by the Tzemopoulos brothers.

                      2. re: EaterBob

                        I didn't have time to go to that Dishcrawl but I have been to all restaurants previously. For all but Cheeburger I find the food quite excellent compared to the rest of the offering downtown.

            2. Let's not forget The Table of Hope on May 22nd at The Fairmount Queen Elizabeth Hotel.Over 50 of Montreal's top restauranteurs will be serving up their best dishes to fight Childhood Hunger.100% of the nights recei
              pts go to Share the Warmth's school breakfast and lunch programmes.

              1. Gryphon d'or will be doing its usual haggis lunch on Robbie Burns Day, this Wed. Jan. 25. Their other meal option will be scotch pies.

                Gryphon d'or
                5968 Monkland Ave. (between Hampton & Royal), NDG
                (514) 485-7377

                Gryphon haggis reports from past years

                More haggis options for 2012 via CBC

                1. there is the first edition of Je t`aime en chocolat Feb. 11-12 10am-5pm at Marche Bonsecours. Cacao Barry and Callebaut will be present -see website for events. Not sure if more than market for chocolate....but free entrance.


                  It was easier to see chocolatiers who will be present by going to facebook page, seem to be adding more


                  1. there was an interesting discussion about this festival on the radio, besides apple ice ciders there will be chocolates, foie gras, cheese and other treats from the area of rougemont;
                    Feb. 10-12 (fifth anniversary)