Montreal’s Summer season 2022 Meals Festivals and Occasions

Montreal’s dedication to the summer festival circuit is back on full display this year, with the return of the International Jazz Festival, the Osheaga music festival, and the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix. Unsurprisingly for this food city, a number of culinary events are also on the docket. Here, we round up — in chronological order — the food festivals and events in store for the season.

YATAI MTL

When: June 10 to 12

Where: Marché des Possibles and Entrepot 77

What: Closing off Montreal’s Japan Week festivities is this Mile End ode to Japanese culture and street food. Local restaurants like Okeya Kyujiro, Fleurs et Cadeaux, and Ramen Nakamichi will be present, dishing up unagi don (eel and rice), yakitori, and karaage, respectively. The program also includes sake tastings, karaoke competitions, and a canine (shiba and akita, specifically) gathering.

First Fridays (Les Premiers Vendredis)

When: July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7

Where: The Esplanade of the Olympic Park

What: With its first event of the season already behind us, this mega Montreal food truck festival will repeat on the first Friday of the month, until October. Expect dozens of vendors, including local favorites like Mexican restaurant Calaveras, Jamaican staple Boom J’s, and donut slinger Crémy, plus outdoor seating for 3,000 and rotating DJ sets.

Le Grand Poutine Festival

When: July 13 to 31

Where: Quai de l’Horloge in Old Montreal

What: After touching down in Laval, Lachenaie, the West Island, and elsewhere in the province, this festival dedicated to fries, cheese, and gravy lands in Old Montreal, serving up about 20 variations on the iconic dish, plus a beer pairing workshop, cooking demonstration, and a cheese curd tasting.

Soif de cider

When: July 15 to 17

Where: Hangar 1825, 40 rue des Seigneurs

What: In the first edition of this new cider event, roughly 30 producers from across the province will gather on the Lachine Canal allowing visitors to sample all sorts of ciders — be they sweet, dry, sparkling, or iced.

A Taste of the Caribbean

When: August 25 to 28

Where: Quai de l’Horloge in Old Montreal

What: This event dedicated to spotlighting the culture of the Caribbean is a great opportunity to dig into delicious eats from the region. Groove to the reggae while checking out the food from established Montreal restaurants like Seasoned Dreams and Kwizinn, to smaller catering outfits like Ti Joe BBQ and Tasty Touch.

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