February 8th, 2019

For the 20th edition of Montreal’s winter festival, performance art has been mostly set aside, to shine the spotlight on gastronomy. With an extra-concentrated focus, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE promises to satisfy the savviest of foodies. Here’s an overview of activities scheduled during the 10-day event, from February 21 to March 3.
Nuit gourmande will take place during the first weekend of the festival, on Saturday, February 23. Tasting tours will travel through several neighbourhoods to dine at a series of Bonne Tables Air France. Gourmet tours also provide entry to places that are not usually open to the general public at the odd hours of the event.
These tours lead festival goers to the flavours of Italy, the Middle East, and Japan with tastings and meetings curated by the Tastet team.
Italy in Montreal, with Élise Tastet
Places visited: Caffè San Simeon, Impasto or Gema, Bottega, Milano, Alati Caserta
February 23, March 2 and 3
The Middle East in Montreal, with Jean-Philippe Tastet
Places visited: KazaMaza, Damas, Rumi, Byblos
February 23, March 2 and 3
Japan in Montreal, with Jean-Philippe Tastet and Kuniko Fujita
Places visited: Otto Yakitori, Kazu, Schlouppe, Kinka Izakaya
February 24 and 25, March 3
The Expert Circuits, a new series of tours introduced to celebrate the festival’s 20th edition, will offer thematic tours guided by hosts and sommeliers Bianca Thériault and Natalie Richard from Vins au féminin. Attendees will meet some of Montreal’s great sommeliers, microbrewers and mixologists. (Offered in French only.)
The microbrewery tour with Bianca Thériault
Places visited: Cheval Blanc, L’amère à boire, Saint-Bock, Saint-Houblon
February 22
The sommeliers tour with Natalie Richard
The experts: Guénaël Revel (at Vinum Design), Colin Beaudoin-Lambert (at Henri Brasserie Française), Louis Zeppetelli (at the Labo culinaire), Jessica Harnois (at Taverne F)
February 26
The mixologists tour with Natalie Richard
Places visited: Hôtel Monville, Club Pélicano, Le Mal Nécessaire, Le Lab
February 27
The festival has a new headquarters this year: Quartier Gourmand. It will occupy two floors of the Maison du Festival building and host a variety of events: workshops, lectures, demonstrations, tastings and talks. Blumenthal restaurant, located in the same building, will transform for the occasion into a “gastronomic zone”. The auditorium at L’Astral will present talks by leaders and trendsetters in contemporary cuisine, and several musical concerts as well. Other areas inside the Maison du Festival: the Gallery, ESKA Bar, and Gourmet Room will host many activities throughout the festival. Events on the Quartier Gourmand calendar include:
Social gastronomy, from the heart to the table!
February 21
Interview with Josée Di Stasio
February 23
Latte art, presented by Touché
February 23 and 24
Concert by Whitehorse
February 23
Instagram, for better and for worse
February 25
The roasted critic, with Jean-Philippe Tastet
February 28
Concert by Dominique Fils-Aimé
Concert by Soran
March 2
The network of 45 Bonnes Tables Air France is the heart of the festival, in which diners enjoy the best of Montreal gastronomy, with contributions from local and international guest chefs. Here are a few events that will feature guest chefs from far afield.
An artist’s meal “à la Renoir”
Chef : Olivier Perret
With guest Xavi Ibarboure (Les Frères Ibarboure - Table et Hôtel, France)
Fire and Rock
Chefs : Carlos Morales-Lopez, Nicolas Geoffray
With guest chef Paul Rogalski (Red Restaurant & Bistro, Calgary)
Nom Nom Cantine
A talent to discover
Chefs: Alain Creton, Eric Lecerf
With guest chef Yann Roncier (Mon Bistrot, Boulogne-Billancourt, France)
Alexandre et Fils
An Icelandic Star
Chef : Kevin Ramasawmy
With guest chef Viktor Örn Andrésson
Bar George
A Menu Inspired by Winter Flavours
Chef : Adrien Renaud
With guests Benjamin Mauroy-Langlais (Canada’s Best Young Chef San Pellegrino 2018), Maxime Rouyé, Valentin Rouyé
from SAT’s Labo Culinaire
Not One, But Four Great Chefs at Rosélys
Chefs : Baptiste Peupion, Jean-Marc Guillot, Maxime Delmont
With guest chef Ronan Kervarrec (La Table de Plaisance, Saint-Emilion, France)
A Very Special Visitor from Israel
Chef : Jérôme Ferrer
With guest chef Uri Jeremias (Uri Buri, Acre, Israel)
Remembering Joël Robuchon
Chef : Jean-Pierre Curtat
With guests Dominique Demarville (cellar master, Veuve Clicquot), Éric Bouchenoire
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
A Fabulously Delicious Evening!
Chef : Olivier Belzile
With guests Benoit Fouassier (Domaine Fouassier Sancerre), Damien Coquelet (Domaine Coquelet), Fou du Cochon
A Star from Switzerland
Chef : Jonathan Lapierre-Réhayem
With guest chef Stéphane Décotterd (Pont de Brent, canton of Vaud, Switzerland)
Restaurant de l’ITHQ
Delicious Local Products on the Menu
Chef : Romain Abrivard
With guest chef Hugo Giroux-St-Jacques
Henri Brasserie Française
The Great Portuguese Chef at Ferreira Café
Chef: João Dias
With guests Filipe Madeira, Justa Nobre (O Nobre, Lisbon)
Ferreira Café
Daniel Eddy - Rebellious Spirit
Chef: Ola Claesson
With guest chef Daniel Eddy (Rebelle, New York)
Auberge Saint-Gabriel
Friendship in the Kitchen!
Chef : Paul Harry Toussaint
With guest chef Jouvens Jean
« The sky has no limit »
Chefs : Marc de Canck, Olivier de Montigny
With guest chef Alexandre Dionisio (The Villa in the Sky, Brussels)
La Chronique
A Feast for the Senses
Chefs : Antonin Mousseau-Rivard, Massimo Piedimonte
With guest chef Iliana Regan (Elizabeth Restaurant, Chicago)
Le Mousso
Panama is invited to Maison Boulud
Chefs : Daniel Boulud, Riccardo Bertolino
With guest chef Andrés Morataya (Panga, Panama)
Maison Boulud
From Barcelona, ​​Chef Ever Cubilla at Ikanos
Chef : Constant Mentzas
With guest chef Ever Cubilla (Espai Kru, Barcelona)
A Winning Combination: Paul Liebrandt and Jason Morris
Chef : Jason Morris
With guest chef Paul Liebrandt (formerly of Corton, New York)
Restaurant Pastel
At the Table with Mike Bagale
Chef : Alexandre St-Amand Tremblay
With guest chef Mike Bagale (formerly of Alinea, Chicago)
Le Chasse-Galerie
Here are this year’s thematic events.
The Festival of Our Cheeses
Complexe Desjardins Grande-Place
February 21 to 23
The World of Incredible Maple
Outdoors at the Quartier des Spectacles
February 21 to 24; February 28 to March 3
The Mondial des Cidres SAQ 2019
Complexe Desjardins Grande-Place
March 1 to 3
Farm to Table with La Tablée des Chefs
Jean-Talon Market
February 23
As with every edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, the Place des Festivals will be busy with games and activities for the whole family. This year, we can count on the return of the popular 110m slide, RBC zip line, Ferris wheel, and food kiosks for all tastes. The complete program of the outdoor site of the festival will be unveiled on February 13.
The Illuminart series of technological art returns this year for the duration of the festival. Here’s a taste (full programming is yet to come):
Influx, interactive Montreal artwork created from data from BIXI users
Fire Tornado, huge light displays by Dutch artists
Info: experienceilluminart.com
The biggest all-night cultural activity of the year will be held on Saturday, March 2. Last year, Nuit Blanche drew nearly 300,000 people to participate in more than 200 overnight cultural activities all over the city. The cornerstone of Nuit Blanche, the hugely popular Festival Art Souterrain, returns this year and will continue until March 24 in Montreal’s Underground City. The Nuit Blanche program will be unveiled on February 13.
Info: artsouterrain.com
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