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Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition: 20 years of gastronomy

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It has been 20 years since Montréal en Lumière was part of Montreal’s landscape. For this edition, gastronomy takes over with a little less room for music. It is from February 21 to March 3 that Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition, this essential gastronomy will resume its place in the Quebec metropolis.

Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition : Discovering the World

It’s in partnership with 45 participating Air France Finest Tables that Montréal en Lumière, presented in collaboration with Bell, offers a multitude of gourmet activities centered around a particularly rich theme: a journey around the world… And to the heart of our world!

For its 20th edition, not only will the world’s gastronomic experts meet in Montreal, but local producers and artisans will also be honored. And since 20 years is a perfect opportunity to celebrate, a host of novelties await festival goers who will feast on a deliciously eclectic gastronomic program, in addition to being able to attend three electrifying concerts.

New countries coming to Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition!

It’s more than 40 of the most creative and innovative chefs in the world will join their Quebecer equivalents behind the stove to create extraordinary meals that will delight the taste buds of festival goers. Some attendees will be able to undertake a rich culinary journey and learn about the traditional and modern flavors of more than 15 different countries, including three countries represented at the festival for the first time: Iceland, Panama and Israel.

Winegrowers, distillers, microbreweries and wine agencies will work together with great chefs to create evenings that will be discussed for a long time. Interesting fact: the chefs themselves chose with whom they were going to be paired. The goal is to maintain human and creative ties with foreign chefs on the long-term … and to create even more magical experiences for you, food lovers.

Some of the Chefs participating to Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition!

Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition - Roselys Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth - Jean-Marc Guillot - Baptiste Peupion - Maxime Delmont

From left to right: Chefs Jean-Marc Guillot, Baptiste Peupion and Maxime Delmont from Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Roselys restaurant.
Credit: Benoit Rousseau

Chef Jean-Pierre Curtat from L’Atelier Joël Robuchon
Credit : Benoit Rousseau

Chef João Dias from Ferreira Cafe
Credit: Benoit Rousseau

Chef Ola Claesson from Auberge Saint-Gabriel
Credit : Benoit Rousseau

Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition -Alexandre Et Fils - Eric Lecerf and Alain Creton

Eric Lecerf and Alain Creton from Alexandre & Fils
Credit: Benoit Rousseau

Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition : Focus on local business

It was also essential for the festival to offer a spotlight for local producers as part of its 20th anniversary; gastronomic pairings will also be carried out with well-known companies, such as maison Cassis Monna & Filles, Gaspor Farms, the Île-aux-Grues cheese shop, and many more. It will be a perfect opportunity to (re)discover their remarkable products. Moreover, renowned Portuguese chef Helena Loureiro is back for the 20th edition of the Montréal en Lumière festival. A great traveler and lover of Quebec, Helena has decided to venture on the St. Lawrence River to discover four islands and their gourmet specialties that she will be presenting at her restaurant Portus 360 on February 25 and 26. You can book here.

Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition - Helena - Portus 360 - Helena Loureiro

Chef Helena Loureiro from Portus 360 and Helena restaurant
Credit: Benoit Rousseau

Moreover, focusing on unique encounters between public figures and exquisite menus, several special guests will participate in some of our Air France Finest Tables; Bïa — who will be hosted by Helena restaurant — as well as Ariane Moffatt and Gregory Charles (Casino de Montréal’s Le Montréal restaurant) are among them.

A ton of new activities for Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition

In order to renew itself, Montréal en Lumière has announced several new features, starting with Le Quartier Gourmand, host of all surprises. The latter, located at the Maison du Festival, will be the capital of local and international gastronomy. You will find two floors where the pleasures of the table will be declined in several conferences, tastings, gourmet offers, talks and captivating workshops. In addition, a bar will be there to refresh you and offer you a personalized offer of cocktails and other drinks.

Here is a promising taste of the many events that will take place there.

Conferences:

  • Social gastronomy in Quebec from the heart to the table presented by the SAQ
    Discussion around this theme with several guests, including Jean-François Archambault from La Tablée des Chefs and John Winter Russell from Candide
    Thursday, February 21, Salle Gourmande
  • The grilled critic presented by the SAQ
    A look into the life of a professional food critic with Jean-Philippe Tastet
    Thursday, February 28, The Astral
  • Instagram and gastronomy: For the better and for the worse presented by the SAQ
    Instagram conversation between tastet.ca editor, Élise Tastet, Antonin Mousseau-Rivard and international chef Camille Becerra
    Monday, February 25, The Blumenthal
  • Various conferences on Côte-Nord products
    The latter is the featured region of Montreal in Light for a second consecutive year.
    Several dates.

Activities And Demonstrations

  • Interview with Josée Di Stasio led by Jean-Philippe Tastet
    The Famous TV hostess presents her new book, À la soupe, in an original way
    Saturday, February 23, Salle Gourmande
  • The latte art presented by Touché
    Demonstration of latte art by experts and curators of Café Touché and Maxime Richard of Café Pista
    Saturday February 23rd and Sunday February 24th, Salle Gourmande

Culinary experts tours

Discover three circuits where experts from the world of wine, cocktails and beer will share their knowledge and share their passion will be presented: the circuit of sommeliers, the circuit of mixologists and the circuit of microbreweries.

  • The sommelier tour
    Visits of the following restaurants and boutiques with Natalie Richard: Vinum Design, Henri Brasserie Française, Labo culinaire Foodlab and Taverne F with Natalie Richard
    Tuesday, February 26
  • The microbrewery tour
    Visits of the following microbreweries with Bianca Thériault: Cheval Blanc, L’amère à boire, Saint-Bock and Saint-Houblon with Bianca Thériault
    Friday, February 22
  • The mixologist tour
    Visits of the following establishments with Natalie Richard: Hôtel Monville, Club Pelicano, Le Mal nécessaire and Le Lab with Natalie Richard
    Wednesday, February 27

Tikivernale – Cocktail Night

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Are you a cocktail lover? The Tikivernale Party is for you! As part of Montreal in Light 2019, A3 Quebec and Alambika (the best place to find cocktail glasses and other accessories) join forces to offer you the winter cocktail event at the TD Gallery on Wednesday, February 27th. 7 pm to midnight. The concept is simple, in a Tiki-Nordic atmosphere, marrying perfectly the warmth of Hawaii and the cold winters of Quebec, the best mixologists of the region will concoct 18 exclusive cocktails that you can enjoy with friends. The entrance price includes drinks, a tasting glass and a gift bag.

Montreal en Lumière 2019 Edition  Nuit Blanche

The Nuit Blanche is back more beautiful this year with several activities once again, including the Mondial des Cidres SAQ, (which you will find here)

The Nuit Gourmande

Montréal en Lumière 2019 Editon - The Nuit Gourmande

In the night of February 23, experience the very first Nuit Gourmande in Montréal. This event wants to introduce people to the culinary riches of the city with the help of local shop-owners, in a festive atmosphere accessible to all!

Activities have been specially organized for the occasion throughout locations where taste buds are stimulated: restaurants, grocery stores, cafés, bars, bakeries, specialty boutiques… Wander around the four zones of participating establishments, following your instincts in order for this gourmet stroll to be unforgettable!

Retro-futuristic trip to the SAT

Nuit Blanche SAT

On the ground floor of the SAT, our friends from TRIBUTE will set the mood to offer you an unforgettable evening, accompanied by 7 microdistilleries Quebec. The 7 satellite bars will present tasty cocktails, concocted by specialists in mixology, which will make you travel in the future. Cocktails, music and theme stations will liven up your Montréal en Lumière 2019 Edition Nuit blanche!

In addition to 7 satellite cocktail bars, the SAT prepares (on the ground floor) a rich program of activities including film screenings, live audiovisual performances, a t-shirt bar, a comic strip booth. in addition to music listening stations! A brigade of 8 Djs and Vjs will take charge of the immersive dancefloor under the dome of the Satosphère on the 3rd floor!

Here are the 7 microdistilleries of Quebec waiting for you to feast with you during the Nuit blanche evening:

  • Absintherie des Cantons
  • Distillerie Blue Pearl
  • Distillerie du St-Laurent
  • Les Subversifs
  • Distillerie Wabasso
  • Maison Sivo
  • Oshlag

Montréal en Lumière Mobile App

Montreal en Lumière 2019 Edition
From February 21 to March 3, 2019

Visit the website now! or download the mobile app, the hub to learn all about the different activities.

** This article is an adaptation from Winter Magazine 2019 **

President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Gentologie.