After a nice long skating adventure its time to feast!
The Montreal en Lumiere Festival offers a rich and diverse array of experiences, including gourmet events that highlight the exceptional local culinary scene, a lively and festive downtown outdoor site that features the iconic Aerial Skating Loop, must-see indoor shows, and Nuit blanche, an all-night event that takes festival-goers on a journey of cultural discovery through the city.
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An Itinerary You Can Taste
Montréal en Lumière Special Events is a culinary celebration that highlights the best of Québec’s culinary scene. From February 16 to 26, Les Apéros Montréal en Lumière will take place at L’Arrière-Scène on the Esplanade Tranquille, presented by Vins Côtes du Rhône and hosted by Michelle Bouffard. To complete the menu, a conference on culinary identity will be held on February 23 in partnership with the Société du réseau ÉCONOMUSÉE.
Air France will also present “À table avec Jean-Paul Riopelle”, a gourmet event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the painter’s birth. On February 22, the Toqué restaurant, located near the La Joute artwork on Place Jean-Paul Riopelle, will offer a unique menu reflecting the painter’s unifying and collaborative spirit. Reservations can be made from 22 January 2023 via Toqué! restaurant.
A Culinary Adventure
The Quartier Gourmand, a special place dedicated to the promotion of Quebec’s unique products, will take place for the first time in the hall of the Place des Arts (Espace Culturel Georges-Émile Lapalme). Over two weekends (February 18-19 and 25-26, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.), more than 20 free activities will be offered, including conferences, tastings, culinary demonstrations, and workshops.
Mordu, Radio-Canada’s gourmet platform, will present four exciting and mouth-watering workshops at 3:45 p.m. On February 18, Jérémie Jean-Baptiste will host the first workshop on Asian vegetables with Stéphanie Wang of Le Rizen. On February 19, Loounie will give a workshop on vegan pastries. On February 25th, indigenous cuisine will be in the spotlight as Amine Laabi presents indigenous culinary traditions alongside Anora Lia Collier and his mother. On February 26, Geneviève O’Gleman will share unique and simple ideas for transforming food destined for the trash into delicious gourmet dishes, with a focus on sustainable foods.
A Treat You Cannot Resist
Air France Finest Tables is a culinary extravaganza that brings together renowned chefs, winemakers and producers from around the world. This year, more than 30 chefs from France, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Scandinavia will showcase their culinary skills. From Michelin-starred chefs Benoit Neusy, Romain Meder and Lionel Lévy to Ina Niiniketo of Sikke’s in Helsinki, each chef will partner with a city restaurant to create a magical dining experience.
Winemakers such as Julien Labet and Laurent Cazottes will also be part of the festivities, adding to the sensory experience. In addition to traditional tasting menus, the Air France Finest tables will offer exclusive lunches, brunches and happy hours, as well as a sweet treat in partnership with Cacao Barry and Esprits libres. Get ready to indulge your taste buds with this once-in-a-lifetime dining experience. Here are some of the restaurants that are partnering with chefs from around the world.
Date: February 23rd, 24th
Location: 1440 Drummond Street
Guest Chef: Aurelien Dufour (France)
Date: February 22nd, 23rd
Location: 312 Saint Paul West, Old Port of Montreal
Guest Chef: Tawse Winery
Au Petit Extra
Date: February 17th to February 25th
Location: 1690 Ontario Street East
Guest Chef: Nawfal Bennani (Morroco)
Date: February 18th,19th
Location: 4255 Ontario Street East
Guest Chef: Nayana Engh & Claes Helbak (Norway)
Date: February 23rd to February 25th
Location: 3017 Rue Masson
Guest Chef: Jean Paul Grappe
Date: February 17 to 19
Location: 1155 Sherbrooke West
Guest Chef: Sigurður Rúnar Ragnarsson (Iceland)
Date: February 24th and February 25th
Location: 104 Laurier Avenue West
Guest Chef: Martin Moses (Sweden)
Date: February 24th
Location: 1446 Peel Street
Guest Chef: Solar dos Presuntos (Spain)
History of Montreal En Lumiere
The creation of Montréal En Lumière was made possible in 2000 thanks to the vision and leadership of Alain Simard and the support of influential organizations such as Tourisme Montréal, the Greater Montréal Chamber of Commerce, the Ville de Montréal and the Gouvernement du Québec. Over the years, this winter festival has grown to become one of the largest winter celebrations in the world, attracting thousands of visitors each year.