Festivals & road markets: Tasty Montreal meals occasions coming your method

Let’s not hate on September, the big marquee festivals might have come and gone in Montreal but there are still some intriguing food events on their way to the city.

From the largest food truck gathering in Canada to Caribbean dishes, a vegan fest, and everything in between, there’s plenty to be hungry about come September.

And heck, a bunch of them are free to check out.

What more could you want to welcome in the new season?

First Fridays

Les Premiers Vendredis (First Fridays) has been taking place every summer since 2012, although in a limited capacity during the pandemic. This time around, however, the summer-long street food party will return to its former glory.

With more than 50 food trucks and restaurateurs, the festival says it is the largest gathering of its kind from coast-to-coast.

September’s edition will be highlighting Vietnamese food and takes place at the timeless Olympic Park.

When: Friday, September 2nd
Time: 4 – 11 p.m
Where: Olympic Park
Price: Free admittance

La Marche Creole

Fifteen food stands are touching down at the Old Port on Labor Day weekend, highlighting the flavors and sounds of Martinique.

During the two-day fest, chefs from the French Caribbean island will be serving up authentic Creole dishes and hosting workshops.

There’s also a domino tournament, a tropical bouquet competition, live music, dance demonstrations, live painting, a mixologist competition, and sugarcane cocktails.

When: Sep 3 & 4
Time: 12 – 9 p.m
Where: Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal
Price: Free admittance

Shoni Market

Montreal’s Shaughnessy Village will be hosting a market dedicated to the Asian food scene, promising another big edition, following last year’s inaugural event which welcomed 160,000 people over two days (during the pandemic, no less).

Expect another epic journey featuring over 30 authentic vendors from across Asia.

When: Sep 8-11
Time: TBA
Where: Shaughnessy Village
Price: Free admittance

Afro Vegan Fest Montreal

The one-day Afro-Vegan Food Fest will kick off with workshops and cooking demonstrations and will offer a variety of vegan foods inspired by cuisines across the African Diaspora.

When: Sunday, Sep 18
Time: TBA
Where: Jamaica Pavilion at Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: $5 – $15, free for kids under 12

Marché de Nuit: Edition 2022

Chinatown’s annual Asian night market will return for four days in the middle of September, offering tasty street food and live performances at a gorgeous outdoor venue.

There will be over 20 merchants on-site with plates ranging from $4 to $8 and premium dishes going for $9 to $12.

When: September 15 – 18
Time: Thursday & Friday, 6 – 11 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 11 p.m
Where: 1111 St-Laurent Boulevard (Corner St-Laurent and René-Lévesque)
Price: Free admittance

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