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Food Events 2013


The line-up was just announced today, Buenos Aires is the showcase city.
February 21 to March 3, 2013

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  1. Unfortunately, no "special" Argentinian wine producers will showcase at the Festival.

    Read MC Lortie's tought on the Festival : http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniq...

    Quite depressing on some points.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      "Le fait que Montréal n'ait plus d'événement gastronomique de réel calibre international ne semble faire paniquer personne."

      Is she purposely forgetting Omnivore (which is coming back next summer) to make a point?

      1. re: Glaff

        I Forgot about this one, but is it more a chef's festival (conference, ateliers, ...) than a public event ? (not that it should be forgotten)

    2. The reviews from last year were scarce and not too encouraging: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/835933 and http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826358

      I currently have a reservation at Laloux where Vedge (http://www.vedgerestaurant.com/) is the invited restaurant. My GF doesn't eat meat so it's a good fit and I've heard good things about it.

      I am also looking for suggestions on vegetarian/pescatarian friendly Buenos Aires chefs. If there was no budget or food restrictions I probably would have booked either Aramburu at Chez l'Épicier or Le Mirazur at Maison Boulud (this one is already sold out).

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      1. re: Virgile

        Oh wow, Vedge is showing up?? I didn't know this! I must look into it!

        1. re: Peaches to Poutine

          went to Vedge in Philadelphia last fall, my wife bought both their cookbooks and has been cooking from them ever since, will be going to Laloux as well.

          1. re: rshea

            I would love to go to Vedge. I'm sad I'll have to miss out on their showcase here--go gourment vegan food power!--but there's only so much in my budget.

        2. re: Virgile

          I had a great time at Laloux for the event. I attached a pic of the menu because I don't feel like typing it all up.

          The meal was pretty long at around 3h30 but with the amount of dishes (and wine) I thought it was a good pace. I could do a dish by dish breakdown if someone is interested. I know I like to read them but I'm not very good at writing them. I will say that my favorite dishes were 2nd, 3rd, and 4th service, with 2nd dessert as well. I found some picture of the meal here: http://www.katerinerollet.com/restaur... where you can see the maitake dish, the beet dish and the salad.

          1. re: Virgile

            We went too!
            here is the review posted on Trip Advisor:

            we photographed the menu as well.
            Best thing about this event was showing Montreal how to have a gourmet upscale experience with vegan food. A place like Laloux could be Vedge in Montreal, that would be amazing.

              1. re: rshea

                Argh, I wish I could see the detail on either of those menu pics!!!

                Well, maybe one day someone with deep enough pockets and swagger will be able to make a go of it here like Vedge did in Philadelphia.

                Even jerkface Alan Richman said it's one of the best restaurants in the US and it just happens to be vegan!


                1. re: Peaches to Poutine

                  I didn't realize the pic would be so small on Chow. Here is the menu:

                  Amuse bouche
                  Salt roasted golden beets, avocado, red onions, capers, cucumber, dill.

                  1st service
                  Saffron cauliflower soup, green olive persillade.

                  2nd service
                  Green salad, sunchoke, sunflower seeds, black truffle from Norcia.

                  3rd service
                  Eggplant braciole, smoked Lady Crystal potatoes, salsa verde, tapenade.

                  4th service
                  Roasted maitake mushroom, leek remoulade, celery root fritter.

                  1st dessert
                  Sweet potato turnover, sweet kraut and hazelnut cream.

                  2nd dessert
                  Honey Crisp gratin, smoked maple ice cream, walnut streusel.

                  1. re: Virgile

                    Thanks, Virgile!

                    That sounds so lovely. I am totally jealous.

          2. Another food event coming up, Poutine Week Feb. 1 - 7th.

            1. Je t'aime en chocolat is coming back again this year on the february 8 weekend, still without the best chocolatiers in town:

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              1. re: Glaff

                It's really just a Callebaut/Cacao Barry show. That's why you won't find chocolatiers who excluvively use other brands like Valrhona such as Chloé and Geneviève Grandbois.

                1. re: marblebag

                  Yeah I know... just wish we had a real chocolate event...

              2. Whisky Montreal is having an Islay tasting at the Masonic Temple on Sherbrooke & Saint Marc at the end of the month.

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                1. re: EaterBob

                  Ugghh.. I literally just bought habs tickets for that night. The tasting should be great..

                2. Regarding Montréal en Lumière, has anybody tried any of the restaurants? I'd love to hear reports.

                  I have a reservation for Apollo (the restaurant, not the bistro), which looks like a good deal - but I haven't seen the menu yet. I'd be especially interested to hear from people who've been there.

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                  1. re: luism

                    I would like to know as well. Heading up from Toronto this weekend for Nuit Blanche, Been up the last 4 years for it and love the event

                  2. Somewhat of an "event", Joe Beef guys will be the guest judges on ABCs "The Taste" tomorrow (Feb 26). That's some sweet advertising for them (not that they need it).

                    1. An event I just saw in La Presse; related to Montréal En Lumière.


                      I might go.

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                      1. re: Maximilien

                        Thanks for the heads up on this. Visiting from out of town and was looking for something to do on the Friday night. Might head over as it looks interesting, and the place I am staying isn't too far away.

                        Came across another food related event through Nuit Blanche website:


                        The Flavours of First Saturday ...

                        I don't know if it is worth heading up to that zone. Last year it was neat to see the penguins but it is a bit of a trek from the other areas and I want to maximize enjoyment :)

                        1. re: ylsf


                          Here you can see the trucks that are set to be there:


                          I haven't tried any of them, so cannot say whether it's worth going. But I'm planning to go - to try the food, but also to support the street food in this city.

                          1. re: luism

                            I saw that but surprised on how few there are. I guess there aren't a lot of trucks in Montreal (I thought Toronto didn't have many but I guess things have changed in that respect over the years). I am not really impressed by the food truck offerings in Toronto although I fully support the idea 100%. Would love to hear people chime in about these particular trucks. I am most interested in the Pas d’cochon dans mon salon offerings

                          1. re: luism

                            Every thing was delicious last year and there's a lot more on offer this year. I can't wait. My son will be super excited to hear that he will can Mas Cuisine's pea soup again :)

                          2. Anthony Bourdain is coming to Montreal with his "Guts and Glory" (together with Frédéric Morin and David McMillan), on May 5th at Theâtre Maisonneuve.

                            Tickets are on the pricey side, but some might be willing to check it out:


                            1. Le Gros Jambon got a little cameo on The Daily Show last night. Really funny piece. It's clip 2 of 4, fast forward right to the end of the first bit and it will automatically play clip 2.


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                              1. re: JerkPork

                                Here's the clip: http://watch.thecomedynetwork.ca/#cli... A bunch of local comedians (Peter Radomski, Jon Selig, Mike Costello, Kevin Shustack, John St. Godard) also got cameos in that scene.

                              2. I saw this event is coming up (Expo manger, santé et vivre vert): http://www.expomangersante.com/index....

                                Has anyone been to previous editions? What is it like? Would you think it's worth checking out?

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                                1. re: alinemramos

                                  I haven't been to a previous one, but I will check this out! Thanks for posting about it!

                                  1. re: alinemramos

                                    Ok, so I went there to check it out and thought it was well worth it. There were a lot of local products (with tons of stuff to sample), and not just products catering to people with "quirky" food habits. Most of the exhibitors were selling products with good discounts.

                                    I ended up spending the whole afternoon there, which is way more than I had originally expected.

                                    (On a side note, some exhibitors were taking credit cards, but there were also two ATMs by the entrance, and by the looks of the lineup, I would guess a lot of the products could only be paid for in cash.)

                                  2. The new Montreal Vegetarian Restaurant Guide is supposed to be coming out today, March 13, 2013 (vernissage at Chuch Bistro at 5:30pm):

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                                    1. re: alinemramos

                                      Sweet! Will pick one up next time I'm in town!

                                    2. I never got around to posting this when I originally heard about it but even though it's kind of late as it's sold out, it will be recorded and posted on Concordia's website.

                                      March 19th, Concordia University-Globe and Mail National Conversation Series on aging well.

                                      New York Times food critic Mark Bittman takes the stage alongside Pediatric Public Health Psychology Lab director Jennifer McGrath to talk about the obesity crisis that is sweeping North America

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                                      1. re: JerkPork

                                        Thanks. I'll be looking forward to viewing their lectures at the Concordia website.

                                      2. I just heard about "La Foire du terroir québecois" which is to be held tomorrow (March 20th, 2013) from 11 am to 4 pm in Concordia's EV Building (corner Ste. Catherine W and Guy). According to the announcement:

                                        "Showcasing over 20 local producers, la Foire du terroir québecois is a celebration of the best that Québec has to offer. From wines, ciders, chocolates, teas, cheeses, jams, breads, patés, and more, this gourmets’ delight will have it all."

                                        For more info: http://www.concordia.ca/now/campus-be...

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                                        1. re: captain_vegetable

                                          Thanks for sharing this. I had no idea about the event but it looks really interesting. I just added it to my schedule for tomorrow!

                                        2. I'm not sure this counts as a real "event", but Point G will be holding their Official Macaron Day (Journée Officielle du Macaron) tomorrow, March 20th.

                                          The deal consists of 20 macarons for the price of 10 - http://www.boutiquepointg.com/2013/03...

                                          1. Next weekend (March 29, 30 & 31) there will be a maple/sugar shack (érable/cabane à sucre) event at Marché Saint-Jacques (Ontario at Amherst).

                                            According to their FB page, there will be exhibits, culinary workshops, tasting of maple products etc.

                                            Their website has no specific info (nor a schedule of events) but one of the merchants (Siegfried, at Saucisses Meyer) said he will have some special products for the occasion (maple sausage, maple pretzel) and other merchants are planning to offer sugary treats.

                                            If anyone finds out more about this, please share!

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                                            1. re: alinemramos

                                              Ok, so Marché Saint-Jacques has just posted their maple weekend menu on FB: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                              I tried Crémy's tarte au sucre à l'érable last weekend and it was probably the best I've had (and I've had quite a few...). Meyer's ham is also excellent!

                                            2. Erabliere Wellington in front of Verdun Metro station. Featuring Mas Cuisine, Tripes et Caviar, Backstrap BBQ, Restaurent Wellington, La Tazza, Coppette et Cie, Sweet Lee's, St Henri Torrecfacteur, Cha Noir and Benelux.

                                              Today and tomorrow 11am to 5pm.


                                              If you come by car, it's a city block walk from the stadium/ waterfront where there's about a thousand parking spots.

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                                              1. re: hala

                                                Wow. Thanks! Lots of my favourite places are on that list..

                                                1. re: Fintastic

                                                  Good news from the Erabliere Wellington - Sweet Lees is teaming up with Saint Henri Micro Torrefacteur (I think that is the one) and opening up shop on Wellington, between Galt and De L'Eglise. Not sure of the opening date, but I think it will be a great addition to the neighbourhood

                                                  (and also, from what I could tell of the French sign, Benelux is not at the event this weekend as they could not get the correct permits to allow them to serve alcohol)

                                                  1. re: unlaced

                                                    Exactly, @unlaced. Benelux could not get the permit to serve beer there. Another heads-up for people interested in going there tomorrow: I was there at around 12:30/1:00pm today and this is what I found:

                                                    - no beer (for above-mentioned reason);
                                                    - no coffee, because the guys from Saint Henri were having a problem with the wiring or something of the sort, so they had no electricity to make coffee;
                                                    - Tripes & Caviar were already out of their "oreilles de criss"
                                                    - I got the last pieces of the pork from Blackstrap BBQ, at least from that batch. It looked like they were bringing some more, as they hadn't crossed it out from the sign like Tripes & Caviar had with the "oreilles de criss", but maybe people should be prepared to wait a bit.

                                                    Other than that, there were considerable line-ups, but nothing that bad (the longest wait was by far at Sweet Lee's - which I ended up not finding worth it...).

                                                    Besides the Blacktrap BBQ's "porc à l'érable" (maple lacquered pork), anyone going there MUST try the "pouding chômeur" from La Tazza. Absolutely delicious!

                                                    1. re: alinemramos

                                                      Yes, the line ups were long, but the pork belly was amazing. Totally worth it. And yes, they ran out very early of a lot of things.

                                                      I don't think they were expecting that many people. They need to plan for more space next year and stay up all night today cooking. The kids liked it, animals, games, maple taffy and make up.

                                                      I feel bad for Benelux. Verdun seems to have mixed feelings about them. With all the mixed messages that they're sending I hope Benelux doesn't pack up and open store elsewhere.

                                                      1. re: hala

                                                        Yes, clearly this event was an enormous success, although unfortunate that on both days most food was gone within 2 hours of the start. We arrived at 1pm on Sunday to find no remaining Blackstrap BBQ items, no Oreilles and a long wait while T&C cooked more beans, Mas Cuisine had already closed their window, and St. Henri had an agonizingly long wait for coffee as they had just one small drip coffee machine. This seemed like it definitely far exceeded the turnout expected by the organizers.
                                                        After tasting the pudding chomeur, we headed the 3 blocks to the Blackstrap HQ where there was also a line of people out the door. I've just returned from Austin, so my BBQ standards are unreasonably high, but Blackstrap's pork and brisket sandwiches were probably the best I've had in Montreal, and the Turkey was the surprise star of the show: likely the best I've had anywhere.

                                              2. Again, not sure whether this qualifies as a real event, but Engaufrez-Vous is offering free waffles all day today (till 5pm) in honour of "International Waffle Day". More info on their FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/49898...

                                                1. Anyone know anything about a "fete de croissant" on April 20th? Someone has posted this on a Mtl blog but didn't give any additional info besides the date and that Fous Desserts would be one of the participants.

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                                                  1. re: JerkPork

                                                    The Fête du croissant (or jour du croissant) takes place on april 20th in about a dozen bakeries. Fous dessert instigated the celebration of the croissant, and decided to give 2 croissants for the price of one on that day. I know that Du pain dans les voiles, Le paltoquet and Marius et fanny (among others) are taking part in that special day, but I'm not sure about their promotion.

                                                    1. re: johng1337

                                                      Is there a website or facebook group or something?

                                                      I'd love to see a list of the places that participate.

                                                      1. re: SourberryLily

                                                        Here's the poster you will see in participating bakeries. You can see some of the name at the bottom.


                                                      1. re: JerkPork

                                                        went to du pain dans les voiles earlier today to get some croissants. 90 cents per croissant. and got one almond one. really good

                                                        1. re: twinkie83

                                                          I have decided not to go across town for pastries, went with visitor to some of the artisan pastry shops and 2 out 3 of them had no choice left (we could only go in afternoon) and fous desserts had only a couple of choices, we took a pistachio/lichi one which had little taste ($5.50). From now on will go to pastry stores in neighbourhood, luckily in Montreal there are good ones in most areas.

                                                          1. re: mangoannie

                                                            i do the same too. i just stick with the neighbourhood. good thing i'm at the limit of villeray and petite-patrie. choice is definitely not something lacking in this neighbourhood

                                                            1. re: twinkie83

                                                              Me too. I cycled up to Le Pain dans les voiles, bought two croissants. Buttery. Not something I'd eat every morning, but a nice treat on a rather dismal day. Bought a few things at the market on my way back, then haven't gone out again and don't plan to this evening. Nasty spring.

                                                              I also bought a sourdough baguette, a good buy for a sourdough one at 2,25$. Haven't touched it, though a sourdough one (unlike normal baguettes) will still be good tomorrow morning if wrapped properly and reheated in the oven.

                                                              I do go down to Boulangerie Guillaume sometimes, but at the corner of St-Dominique and Fairmount, it really isn't far. Right now it is a mess even walking through the viaduct though.

                                                      2. Let's not forget Table of Hope May 27 where over 40 of Montreal's top restaurants serve up some of their best dishes to fight childhood hunger.100% of the nights receipts go to Share the Warmth's school b'fast and lunch programmes. This year the event moves to the Arsenal in Griffintown after decades at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

                                                        1. Anthony Bourdain is speaking at Place des Arts on May 5th..

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                                                          1. re: kpaxonite

                                                            about how he's climbed aboard a sinking ship? (e.g., cnn)

                                                          2. (Beer festival at Atwater Market)
                                                            Festival de la bière à Atwater
                                                            Facebook event:

                                                            May 3rd to 5th

                                                            1. The Festival of Flowers at the public markets, May 11th and 12th 2013
                                                              (both Atwater and Jean-Talon this time)


                                                              1. Butcher's Brawl at Latina May 8th, unfortunately it seems to be by invite only.


                                                                1. not a food event in itself but this free event has been listed other years and after walk you can head for local eateries (bagg street area tour ends at Schwartz;s). I listed Montreal Jane Walks in French as list longer but there is English tour list on same site
                                                                  This weekend 4th and 5th is when the walks take place-- have to register ahead

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                                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                                    Last year there was a food (and immigration) related one, in Parc-Ex.

                                                                  2. New interesting event in the Mile-End: Salon J'ai Faim on May 18-19.

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                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                      This was a good event, better than the PoP event, foodwise.

                                                                      Gingo ginger juice, I've been looking for a replacement to Natural Ginger Ale in the US
                                                                      Sweet Lee's scones
                                                                      Agave 'honey' from Mexico

                                                                      Cupcakes are tired
                                                                      Black sesame donut

                                                                      In the middle:
                                                                      that bacon with black pepper

                                                                    2. Any events planned for mid-June yet?

                                                                      1. Beer festival, free entrance, Palais des congres May 29-
                                                                        June 2

                                                                        1. There's another Whisky Montreal tasting at the Masonic Temple on Sherbrooke & Saint Marc on Tuesday. This time for Mackmyra with their Master Blender master blender Angela d’Orazio.

                                                                          1. There is apparently a spring bazaar tomorrow at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. I don't have details, but it looks like there is some food. Has anyone been before? What are the food offerings like?

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                                                                            1. re: stak

                                                                              never went but food wise, it's probably going to be like the matsuri festival they have during august. i found some food pictures on a blog http://thechocobunny.blogspot.ca/2011...

                                                                              1. re: stak

                                                                                Thanks. It is a lovely bazaar, and I've often bought little herb and other plants there, lovingly grown by Japanese Montrealers. There are traditional foods such as sushi, sashimi and noodle dishes. I've bought great mirin there - once when I bought two bottles, the guy was afraid I wanted to drink it! I said of course not, it is a finishing ingredient for food in the wok!

                                                                                Hope it doesn't rain too much tomorrow, as it is just a pleasant bicycle ride from my house!

                                                                                You can have the food onsite, or as they say, take it away (prepared food and good ingredients).

                                                                                1. re: lagatta

                                                                                  We went to bazaar but did not find it of interest, even food which we just looked at, luckily Jean Talon Market nearby so we had lots to eat there!

                                                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                    I agree! It was TERRIBLE this year, and the nice old man with his organic herbs and Asian vegetables must have either died or become too frail to set, tend to and sell his wonderful plants.

                                                                                    The food was meh. Usually in the back they also had a wide assortment of Japanese groceries, including real mirin. I was not the only one who left griping. I bought absolutely nothing - I'm over thinking I have to buy some cute but useless tchotchke at a bazaar.

                                                                                    I got in a good little bicycle ride which I probably wouldn't have done on that drizzly Saturday, and also stopped off at the Market on my way home.

                                                                                    Despite the miserable weather, there was some new spring produce at JTM...

                                                                                    1. re: lagatta

                                                                                      It's true, there was not much to it. We wondered if it would have been a bit bigger if the weather had been better. I guess it might have just been the same stuff but in the yard instead of the basement. I was happy to be able to get some of the things my Grandma used to make, though, and we bought some nice miso. I would like to have tried the takoyaki. Will go back for the Matsuri festival, which sounds like it will be bigger.

                                                                                      1. re: stak

                                                                                        Yes, the miso was lovely, but I already had some I'd received as a gift from a friend, and was so downcast about no organic herbs and vegetables that I didn't feel like staying. But I'm not of Japanese descent; I'd have no doubt stayed on more if I

                                                                                        I'll definitely go to the Matsuri festival if I'm free then; it is not very far from my place in any event.

                                                                                  2. re: lagatta

                                                                                    The Matsuri Festival is tomorrow. Maybe it will be better than that spring bazaar?

                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                      should be. japanese dogs are always a winner in my book. too bad they don't have ramen

                                                                                      1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                        those hotdogs are best when off the grill. warm/lukewarm, not worth the price. of all the times i went, never got the chance to try the okonomiyaki. every single time, the lineup is simply crazy! must be worth it. i'll bring a "lineup" buddy next year lol

                                                                                        1. re: williej

                                                                                          The Japanese Canadian Cultural Center of Montreal, 8155, rue Rousselot

                                                                                  3. burger bar on crescent has a free burger day today from 12pm to 8pm for their 2nd anniversary. a free burger and fries


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                                                                                    1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                      that explains the crowd of people, figured something was free!

                                                                                    2. Program – celebration of Montreal’s 371st anniversary

                                                                                      ..this Friday May 17 there is a celebration of our city which may be of interest to some,big cocktail party and also street food trucks; entertainment taking place from noon-midnight, place des festivals
                                                                                      + those swings 21 balencoires are fun!


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                                                                                        1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                          What is "swings 21 balencoires"?

                                                                                          I notice the street food includes
                                                                                          "• Lucille’s : Lobster roll, oysters, ribs"
                                                                                          wonder if they're smoked?

                                                                                          1. re: porker

                                                                                            there's 21 swings on promenade des artistes (starting corner of maisonneuve and jeanne-mance) that make music when you swing

                                                                                            1. re: porker

                                                                                              At noon enjoyed the lobster roll at Lucilles, and a tasty green salad at Garantula truck, latter was only $2.50 and had fiddleheads, crisp green beans, toasted macademia nuts, thinly sliced radishes, and small yellow tomatoes. The pulled pork at another truck looked delicious. The entertainment was very well done from music, dancing, odd characters all with unique twist, even had trampolinists using esplanade surface and top as they bounced. At that time wait was not long at food trucks but may be longer tonight. I found the menus varied and interesting and it is fun to have these trucks around. The trucks are all over the site, never did find the crepe one. As for competetition for restos I am sure it may affect some especially the fast food ones in vicinity but both T and F terraces were full at time I was there.

                                                                                            2. re: mangoannie

                                                                                              I ate at a few different places, but the $8 taco ruined it for me. Granted that it was a tuna tartar taco, but it was so pathetically small, took so long to make and the corn tortilla masked the tuna. This particular truck served all kinds of tartars in hotdog and hamburger buns - i don't really get the concept. I had a pulled pork sandwich elsewhere which was much better but the bread was terrible. I spent $25 and was starving 20 minutes later. I felt as if I was paying for costco samples.

                                                                                              1. re: catroast

                                                                                                I agree with you some of offerings are too small to count as a meal so amount spent adds up. The two big sausages on top of green beans and spinach (?mange ma)was better sizewise than tacos but I think you have to look at visually what people are buying to be sure.. Maybe it is the novelty that appeals although I did like the taste of what I ordered,

                                                                                            3. this friday noon its boxed lunch 10$ at westmount appetite for books store, lunches prepared by owner based on Jamie Olivers recipes --for a good cause on food revolution day


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                                                                                              1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                I went today and had the chicken tikka with pita bread. It was just ok, the skin was left on the chicken and it was grossly flabby and the pita tasted very stale. The chocolate chip cookie for dessert was average at best. I wish we had tried the falafel instead.

                                                                                              2. Not really an event but perhaps of interest to some...I was at Léché desserts yesterday and it was closed because of filming "You Gotta Eat Here" but the sign on the door said to join them for lunch today during the filming (I guess it's the part where they interview customers about what they love about the place).

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                                                                                                1. re: stak

                                                                                                  I saw on twitter last night that the host of "You Gotta Eat Here" was thanking Nick Hodge of Ice House for having him. He tried the lobster burrito. Couldn't tell if they had just filmed or if the episode had just aired. Anyone know?

                                                                                                  1. re: causeimhungry

                                                                                                    According to the Food Network website, the episode is airing tonight and tomorrow night.

                                                                                                2. chocolate festival starting tomorrow; May 18,19,20 and 25-26 in bromont


                                                                                                  1. food trucks are joining the outdoor cultural event at archeology museum Sat. and Sun.; also Sunday is free museum day across the city+beyond + good weather predicted!


                                                                                                    1. The event was yesterday... but it was fun, and well received.

                                                                                                      Martin Juneau was selected to play the part of the Cook in Matthew Herbert's "One Pig" performance

                                                                                                      He cooked line on stage the at "Monument National" while the band played on; The whole theater smelled good.

                                                                                                      1. 10 edition of Apéritif à la française has some local events in different restos across city as well as big event, only have info in French
                                                                                                        the neighbourhood events take place in May and June

                                                                                                        the big event takes place tomorrow

                                                                                                        1. Lobster Clam Jam this Sunday at Chateau St Ambroise

                                                                                                          1. Sidewalk oyster shucking (Le shak d'huitres) from Tripes & Caviar at the Verdun sidewalk sale June 6-9.


                                                                                                            1. Not a food event per se, but were we ever spoiled at the Promenade Wellington's sidewalk sale this weekend. Endless authentic family run food kiosks. From Mexican to Vietnamese, there was Portugese, Filipino, finger food grabs from Blackstrap's terrasse, lots more, as well as run of the mill pizza/hot dog/cotton candy, and beer from Benelux to wash it all down. Too bad I didn't forsee this and post about it here, as many would have enjoyed. Also, only one shameful photo as an afterthought, although maybe it's better that way considering it's too late for tasting.

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                                                                                                              1. re: lilmsmuffin

                                                                                                                That sounds wonderful. I was very busy working, but might have made the effort to go. Absolutely nothing interesting to report about the much closer street fair on Mont-Royal, and as for our local "Grand Prix" event in la Petite-Italie, no interesting foodie things at all. The Italian Week event later in the summer is better, but still not up to what one could expect.

                                                                                                                I started over at de Lorimier on Mont-Royal, cycling down there, and didn't walk all the way west to the part of Mont-Royal where Trip de bouffe and company are located, but I was hungry and didn't feel like eating greasy crap.

                                                                                                              2. The "Week-ends du monde" festival is starting this weekend. Anyone already went for the food? How is it?

                                                                                                                New this year: the Festival Salvadoreño de Montreal (July 14).

                                                                                                                1. Apparently, there will be a food truck festival in conjunction with Just For Laughs, from July 13-27, 2013. Apparently, there will be approx 40 trucks.


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                                                                                                                  1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                                                                    Yah, it's the newly renamed Souk with about three times as many trucks!

                                                                                                                  2. The Monkland Street Festival between Girouard and Royal will take place August 22-25, with an assortment of food trucks present, including:

                                                                                                                    Route 27
                                                                                                                    Le Cheese
                                                                                                                    P-A Gargantua
                                                                                                                    Landry & Filles
                                                                                                                    Pas d’Cochon dans mon salon

                                                                                                                    Nice to see some food trucks coming to NDG.


                                                                                                                    1. Omnivore is coming back again next week. Here's the full schedule: http://www.omnivore.com/categorie/wor...

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                        is the party one worth it? sampling cuisine from new chefs sound interesting but for $50, i don't know

                                                                                                                        1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                          For us it really was't worth it last year. We arrived an hour after the begining and most chefs had run out of food, and everyone was cramming around the few stations that still had some food. I got to taste 4 or 5 things out of the dozen or so that was announced. We left hungry enough to go eat somewhere else, and feeling ripped off as well...

                                                                                                                          1. re: lepuma

                                                                                                                            thanks! basically, you got 5 sampler for 50.. i can understand the feeling of being ripped off

                                                                                                                            1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                              For fuck's sake, that makes the food trucks look like a bargain.

                                                                                                                              1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                I went to an all day event last summer and was disappointed as well. Firstly I did not like the people, they were pushy and greedy. When the chefs(patisserie rhubarbe)would give out samples everyone would push and shove, the girl next to me had two samples and I did not get anything! I was annoyed they did not have enough for everyone so it created a bit of a frenzy. Secondly we had 3 chefs demonstrate how to make blood sausage, enough already!

                                                                                                                              2. re: lepuma

                                                                                                                                Agreed. I like the concept but last year we showed up a few minutes early and were met by a long line wrapping around the building. Once we were admitted there was again a wait in the front section of the room before eating. The lineups continued once food was served: there was no space for any sort of order or line (or even to squeeze behind the massive crowds at each station) so it was a free-for-all to get each creation. And as mentioned above, many chefs quickly ran out of food within the first 1-1.5 hours. I think we managed to try one of everything, some of which was excellent (400 Coups & Canoe, as I recall), and some which were mediocre (with one downright inedible). This year I've also decided not to return (especially because the international chefs attending seem less interesting than last year's).

                                                                                                                          2. During Italian Week, there will be a sfogliatelle contest at the Shamrock St stage (Shamrock + St-Laurent) on Sunday, 18 August, 2 p.m. Haven't found any other foodcentric events there yet; will report back if I do.

                                                                                                                            1. For those of you that missed the first one, the second sidewalk sale is coming up on Wellington in Verdun. If it is anything like the 1st one this year, it won't disappoint on the food end. Mark your calendars, and get here early - your best bets being the Saturday and Sunday (Aug 24 & 25th)


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                                                                                                                              1. re: lilmsmuffin

                                                                                                                                It coincides with the Verdun puppet festival (free), so if you have kids make sure to bring them too.

                                                                                                                                1. re: hala

                                                                                                                                  There were at least 3 food trucks (Tuktuk, Dimsum and smoothies) and Blackstrap was serving sloppy joes. I did not have the chance to try any of the food since I was running around with the children from puppet show to puppet show. If you are averse to children try the show at the back terrace of Benelux. It comes with a parental advisory due to unsuitable language.

                                                                                                                              2. Anyone ever been to one of these BBQ competitions, can spectators expect to try the finished products?

                                                                                                                                Aug 31 & Sept1


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                                                                                                                                1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                  Given that in the FAQ it states "If additional family or friends wish to accompany you, they will be required to use the Fair's parking lot and pay admission at the main gate." My guess is yes.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                    But there is nothing to suggest that there will be tastings available?

                                                                                                                                    1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                      Exactly unlaced, we need confirmation on "tastings". I don't even see an entrance fee for the general public.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                        It looks a bit weird, like the site is designed for competitors, not the public. These things typically have a 'lineup' of competitors already announced on their site, often months in advance and with menus. Seems kinda last minute to be signing up teams, and yeah, there's absolutely nothing about prices for entrance or food the public. Looks pretty half-assed to me.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                          Le Fumoir Rubs, BBQ resto on Prince Arthur street will be there and they are inviting people to come support them. There is a 6$ entrance free for the August 30th event in Brossard. The food will be given away freely, sample sizes.

                                                                                                                                          They talked about it on their Facebook page, check their first post and the comments from August 20 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Fum...

                                                                                                                                          1. re: me0kat

                                                                                                                                            So if I want to try the Rubs BBQ & others, I should come Saturday around what time? I still can't figure it out, checking out Rubs Smokehouse Facebook page. I sent a e-mail to Rubs almost 4 days ago, still haven't heard anything from them.

                                                                                                                                  2. In addition to the St Remi and St Anne Garlic festivals going on this weekend there are some other street fairs taking place.

                                                                                                                                    Monkland street festival will include 7 Food trucks (Lucille’s, Route 27, Roux, Le Cheese, P-A Gargantua, Landry & Filles, Pas d’Cochon dans mon salon) for those who don't spend too much time in the Ville Marie borough (myself included) and haven't had the oppourtunity to try them yet.

                                                                                                                                    The Main street fair is also this weekend as well as the annual Pointe a Calliere 18th century outdoor public market fair, plenty of food to be had at both these events.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                      Do you know what hours the food trucks will be at the Monkland street festival?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                        No clue but I would assume they would be there for most if not the whole time, here's the website for the event. You can always reach out to the food trucks via their Twitter feeds for more info.


                                                                                                                                      2. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                                        In addition to the St. Remi and St. Anne Garlic and Monkland Street festivals, theres the Promenade Wellington Street Fair

                                                                                                                                        I heard good things about this from the boards.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                          Interesting. I was at the Boulevard St-Laurent street fair yesterday - by accident, I was going to cheapo Segall's, and over to Fernando's on Roy - and as usual, the street food was the least interesting aspect. Nothing wrong with bifanas, but they were mostly outside Portuguese places that make them anyway.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                            I love the St. Laurent street fair, but yeah, the food scene is lacking.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                              There was a wonderful street orchestra playing Klezmer yesterday and walking down the Main beside them evoked life there many decades ago. In years past Le Canard libéré has done tastings outside, but not for a while now. Sure, I bought great food on the Main yesterday (and right next to there, on Roy) but in the local businesses I always patronize...

                                                                                                                                              1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                There are a few interesting things on St-Laurent, all just above Pins. The family who ran the late Checkpoint Charlie serve currywurst with sauerkraut outside Slovenia (I was skeptical, but it works - the sauce is ketchup based, not very strong curry taste). Waldman's has some very fresh and properly cooked (ie. not overcooked) fish n chips, calamari and fishballs. The Libreria Española serves paella.

                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately, they don't serve this stuff any other time. The places that serve food year-round just serve the regular fare during the street sales - mostly bifanas, sausages, and chow mein.

                                                                                                                                                So yeah, don't come for the food but I do recommend those three, plus the mango 'flowers' on a stick (right beside Waldman's and I think other places further up the street) and only $4 pints at 3 Minots.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                                                  You are right. The Waldman's fish and chips, and especially calamari and chips, was very tempting. And the staff seemed to know what they were doing. (I refrained from eating anything between meals; I'm over 50 and have to watch my food consumption). The currywurst sauce you mention is absolutely authentic - curryworst was based on ketchup, or sometimes other tomato sauce, with curry powder. It isn't strong. I found it very disappointing in Germany as I thought it would be sausages made with curry as I remember from La Boucherie du marché, farther north in my hood. Snif.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                    i made a stop to waldman earlier today to try some of their food. the chips are not worth it. they are your regular homemade french fries that needed to be fried longer or double fried. they were pasty looking and not so good.. chips are supposed to be short, stubby, soft and double fried and comes with a side of vinegar. as for the calamari (only gives you 6 pieces...), was ok. i've had better

                                                                                                                                        2. If anyone has any recommendations for August 31 to September 1st events I would love to hear them as I will be visiting from Toronto and really like checking out food events.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                            next week? there's a street sale on plateau mt. royal but i don't know if there's going to be any food trucks or food event in that neighborhood

                                                                                                                                            1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                              Thanks. Anyone know what the food is like at this event?


                                                                                                                                              Haven't been to Montreal in warm weather in a while (usually come for Nuit Blanche) so don't know how if food trucks are starting to do these kind of events in Montreal or they have lame food or what. Would be nice to combine a fun event with some food but I can settle on a fun event too and food later :)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                not really an event but cremy will have donut burgers all weekend for the street sale

                                                                                                                                              2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                Come with me as I chase down all the good food trucks is an event by itself :)

                                                                                                                                              3. burger week is coming, september 1st to september 7th and there's a burger bash on the 8th i believe, http://leburgerweek.com/#

                                                                                                                                                burgers will range from $10-$15
                                                                                                                                                some places are already previewing their burgers (uniburger double cheeseburger with bacon, newtown and their take on the big mac) and the cronut burger will be there which hopefully will not be priced at $10 considering it could be had for $7 a couple of weeks ago

                                                                                                                                                and i have no idea if the ramen burger will be in the competition too. some food truck made their version of it, don't know which one though

                                                                                                                                                1. I'm really tempted, but ... $700 per person (wine included with cocktail, ... )

                                                                                                                                                  Pierre Gagnaire will do an evening at the ITHQ (mercredi 27 novembre)


                                                                                                                                                  1. L’Avenue gourmande is happening on Mont Royale this weekend

                                                                                                                                                    1. a foodtruck party or something like that this saturday (sept. 14) from 1pm to 11pm, http://cuisinederue.org/en/event/les-...

                                                                                                                                                      corner dandurand and fullum

                                                                                                                                                      1. Just a head's up that the Aloen-Aloen Indonesia event is on this Saturday Sept. 15 and, while not entirely a food event, there are always a lot of good Indonesian food booths . It's at McGill, 343 Rue Mctavish, and entry is $3:

                                                                                                                                                        1. free oyster (ayce) event at Le Plaza (on st-hubert near bellechasse) this saturday, sept. 21st starting at 5PM

                                                                                                                                                          and the Landry & Filles foodtruck will be there too with their offerings

                                                                                                                                                          1. there's a pizza fest from october 4th to october 13 (i believe) in little italy. no idea what it is but it's their 2nd year doing it

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                              I believe it is just restaurants doing pizzas, and in some cases, a bit of a discount on them. (Is the Thai restaurant doing a Thai pizza with Laksa sauce?).

                                                                                                                                                              Here it is in French: http://petiteitalie.com/blog.36.html

                                                                                                                                                              In sort-of-English: http://petiteitalie.com/blog.36.html?... 2th pizza week????

                                                                                                                                                              E in italiano: http://petiteitalie.com/blog.36.html?...

                                                                                                                                                              Drat, no Thai pizza...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: lagatta

                                                                                                                                                                thanks! the workshops sound interesting

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                                  feedback after attending both workshop (limited places and lasted about an hour each)

                                                                                                                                                                  pomodoro: they explained the story of the margherita pizza and show us the proper pizza technique including their pizza oven. we got to taste their margherita pizza and to those who wanted, they could practice their pizza making skills and eat it. it was interesting

                                                                                                                                                                  travaglini: i expected the workshop to be really good and surely, it didn't disappoint. the owner explained the story behind the pizza and his take on food criticism (doesn't like good critics)
                                                                                                                                                                  the tasting part: they recreate the 6 best pizzas of this year (if i remember correctly) and a surprise pizza. margherita pizza, italian sausage pizza, tricolor pizza (mozzarella, roasted red peppers and asparagus), the sunny side up eggs, asparagus and truffle pizza, the porcini pizza and the cherry tomatoes and anchovies pizza. as for the surprise, dessert pizza (homemade nutella, bananas, raspberries and strawberries)

                                                                                                                                                                  and he did say that they'll start selling wine, imported beers as well as artisanal beers next week or the week after. he would have offered wine if he had them. instead, we got water

                                                                                                                                                            2. From the Main Mtl three days ago:

                                                                                                                                                              A few days ago, a mysterious photo popped up on Moishes’ Facebook page. On a solid black background, golden logos of Little Burgundy’s Joe Beef and The Main’s Moishe’s sandwich a bold heart resting above “75″– the number representing the year of the famous Montreal steakhouse’s anniversary. Word traveled quickly through the foodie blogosphere, with a few insiders dropping hints that this was to be the collaboration of a lifetime; certainly one MTL will remember for years to come.

                                                                                                                                                              Just last night, the two restaurants jointly announced their single-event partnership to showcase some of Montreal’s most legendary cuisine. For $250 per ticket, you know they’ve got something special planned.

                                                                                                                                                              The admission cost will grant 150 lucky diners access to Joe Beef’s celebration of Moishes’ birthday party at 7 p.m. on October 21st to the tune of oysters, champagne, and– we say this confidently– probably the best food they’ll ever eat. The set menu has yet to be announced, but we’ll stay on top of it and let you know as soon as it’s released.

                                                                                                                                                              Better make your reservations quickly– we have a pretty good feeling there won’t be many seats left.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                I wonder how much steak you can buy for $37,500? And with all due respect to the writer, it wouldn't even come close to being the best food I've ever eaten. No matter what they served.

                                                                                                                                                                Personally, I think the folk from Joe Beef should take over at Chien Chaud Victoire or La Binerie for an interesting "pop-up" restaurant. Or Club Chasse et Peche at the Victoria Pub or Le Capri. La Porte and Lawrence trading places for a week. Dinette Triple Crown and the Lasalle Drive-In.

                                                                                                                                                                The possibilities are endless (I'm about to start another thread...)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                  This from their facebook page
                                                                                                                                                                  "...a special fundraising dinner for the Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation and the Fondation CHU Sainte-Justine."

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: porker

                                                                                                                                                                    I'd love to see how much of it actually makes it to the sick kids (sez the cynic in me...)

                                                                                                                                                              2. The Montreal Gazette list of autumnal bazaars has come out; it is still online at the "Life" section of that paper.

                                                                                                                                                                I'm just mentioning some of the more notable bazaars, from a food standpoint.

                                                                                                                                                                Oct 26-27
                                                                                                                                                                Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Michael’s, St. Anthony’s Church, 105 St-Viateur St. W. Quality used clothing, toys, trinkets, books. Polish food.

                                                                                                                                                                Oct 26-27
                                                                                                                                                                Fall bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral, 615 Stuart Ave., Outremont. All new merchandise, clothing, lingerie, jewelry, crafts. Armenian food and pastries.

                                                                                                                                                                Nov. 9
                                                                                                                                                                Autumn bazaar, sponsored by Ladies Aid of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3594 Jeanne-Mance St. Homemade noodles, baked goods, crafts and specialty products. Hot lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                Nov 9-10
                                                                                                                                                                Polish bazaar, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Antonin Church, 5361 Snowdon Ave. Amber jewelry, folk art, books, cosmetics. Traditional hot and cold Polish dishes and desserts.

                                                                                                                                                                Nov 16-17
                                                                                                                                                                Christmas shopping sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hungarian United Church, corner of Jean Talon St. and l’Acadie Blvd. Hungarian cuisine, antiques, jewelry, household items. Eat in or take out.
                                                                                                                                                                (In the past, they took reservations for sausages, and also had good egg noodles).

                                                                                                                                                                I'm only indicating ones I've been to, that had interesting foods. There are others that appear interesting from a culinary standpoint.

                                                                                                                                                                The Gazette usually updates its list. I'll try to find others more likely to be listed in francophone media.

                                                                                                                                                                1. 2 wine events coming up

                                                                                                                                                                  November 2nd (starts at 11am) to November 4th (ends at 6pm): Private Imported Wines salon at Marche Bonsecours. $25 for pre-sale price, includes 15 tasting tickets. http://www.raspipav.com/actualites.ph...

                                                                                                                                                                  November 15 (starts at 4pm) to November 17 (ends at 6pm): Laval Wine show at Cosmodome. price is $17 which includes 3 tasting tickets. http://www.salondesvinsdelaval.com/

                                                                                                                                                                  1. Saturday and Sunday St. Michael’s, St. Anthony’s Church bazaar featuring Polish food and St. Gregory the Illuminator's with Armenian food.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. http://joyeuxnovembre.ca/ or in English http://happynovember.ca/ including http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/mtla... http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/mtla... (Taste Montréal) and many other events during this usually glum month.

                                                                                                                                                                      Menus at $19, $29 and $39.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pastaga 2nd Anniversary
                                                                                                                                                                        6 plates cooked by 6 different Montreal based chefs (as of now: Alexandre Loiseau, Jonathan Rehayem-Lapierre, John Winter Russel, Patrice Demers) $60. On December 16.