Top 4 Montreal Food Activities to Feast upon This Winter and Spring

February 2, 2019

Top 4 Montreal Food Activities to Feast upon This Winter and Spring

Are you counting down until the dark, bleak, and cold days of winter are over? We feel you; winter makes us want to hide from the cold, snow, and ice until spring arrives. But don’t let the winter blues get you down. Whether you’re dreading having to leave your comfy luxury apartment for that business meeting or have remained shut in for days on the couch, be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming Montreal food outings you don’t want to miss!

Old Montreal Food Tour

Are you both a foodie and an outdoor adventurer? If so, the Old Montreal Food Tour is the perfect combination.

Enjoy three hours of four unique food spots:

  • Crew Collective & Café. Start the tour with a smoked salmon bagel as you drink in the elegant architecture that once housed the original Royal Bank of Canada headquarters in the 1920s.
  • Cookie Stéfanie. Enjoy mouth-watering and gluten-free pastries, including their scrumptious carrot cake.
  • Taberna. For a unique treat, try a different version of Montreal’s classic poutine that includes Portuguese chicken and choriço.
  • Bistro-Brasserie Les Soeurs Grises. Dig into the smoked duck and local sausage, but don’t forget to wash it down with a pint of the local brew while learning about the religious roots of the building.

As you enjoy these four hotspots of pure gastronomical delight, the food tour allows you to take in the architecture and history of Old Montreal. Your tour guide will go into the cultural history of the landmarks and discuss the artistic scene.

Note: There are two other food tours around the city that you can try. The Mile-End Montreal Food Tour provides vegan and gluten-free options. The Plateau Food Tour—as well as the Old Montreal Food Tour—provide vegetarian and gluten-free options for reduced ticket prices during the winter. Can’t indulge your taste buds this time? Don’t worry; the tours are available year-round.

La Cabane Panache et Bois Rond

From March 21st–24th, 2019, discover the largest lumberjack party around at the Promenade Wellington. Complete with live traditional Quebec music, square-dancing, and a wide variety of food—particularly maple syrup.  At the festival, you’ll be able to:

  • Sample the many sweet delights of coffee shops, tea houses, and bakeries.
  • Grab a pint with your colleagues down at a number of bars and breweries.
  • Eat on the go from well-known names, such as Subway, Amir, Pizza Pizza, and more.
  • Indulge in Vietnamese, Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and other types of international cuisine.

Sensory Summit on a Budget (SSOB)

Do you love coffee? Then, the Sensory Summit on a Budget (SSOB) is the event for you!

On March 31st, this is your one opportunity to discover new roasters, experience what’s called “specialty coffee sensory exercises,” and listen to guest speakers who are coffee specialists. This heavenly event lasts eight hours—from 3 pm to 11 pm. Tickets are $20 and participants are required to bring their own mug and spoon.

Tartare Fest

Prepare your taste buds for the Tartare Fest where the best chefs throughout Montreal prepare their own version of this classic French dish. Tickets are only $10, and each meal is accompanied by a cocktail, beer, or wine, so you can get the full experience of these delicious concoctions.

Over 40 local restaurants will compete for your attention and provide their own style of fine dining. Some known names include:

  • Le Balthazar Resto-pub. With the province’s largest selection of draft beers and signature cocktails, you’ll savour your tartare dish with the perfect liquid refreshment.
  • Kinka Izakaya. Be transported to Japan in this inviting pub that allows for relaxation as you relish your tartare dish.
  • Grumman ’78. Let your hair down to enjoy their take on tartare while you share a good time with your associates.
  • Meatball House. Because they’re always ready to accommodate your dietary needs, whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or lactose-intolerant, revel in their unique way of preparing your tartare selection.

The festival returns every April, so if you won’t be in the city, you can always try again next year.

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