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Montreal Food Festivals Happening This Summer

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Calling all foodies! Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means – Montreal becomes even more of a food mecca than it already is, thanks to the numerous culinary festivals that take over the city. From fresh lobster rolls and Indian curries to the best ribs of your life, check out this list of Montreal food festivals happening this summer.

Lobster Clam Jam

This award-winning Montreal culinary festival is back in 2019 with plenty of mouthwatering seafood dishes (and even some non-seafood dishes.)

Situated just west of the Atwater Market along the Lachine Canal, the event includes over 25 restaurant stands, as well as a mojito bar, a beer bar, a wine bar, and a coffee bar.

There are also six dessert stations and a Kids’ Korner. This year, there will be a live performance by DJ Eddie Lewis. Eateries involved in the 2019 festival include Shuck Me, Angry Lobster Bar Montreal, Seasalt & Ceviche Bar, Lucille’s Oyster Dive, and L’Acadien Su La Go, to name a few.

A Taste of the Caribbean

Centred on food, rum, music, and art, Montreal’s Taste of the Caribbean festival is a local favourite. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of this free food festival that boasts activities for the whole family, ranging from kids workshops and outdoor concerts to cooking and mixology classes.

Also, this year’s unique theme is The Dance Edition, giving festival-goers the chance to explore new dance styles based in African influences.

On the schedule is a Rum Zone, allowing Montrealers to sample different rums from all over the Caribbean, the St-James Tiki Bar that offers mixology classes, and select food samplings and cooking demonstrations.

Plus, between Friday and Sunday, there will be live music and food vendors all afternoon and evening. A Taste of the Caribbean kicks of July 11 and runs until July 14.

Festival of India

Explore the culture and food of India at this summer’s Festival of India, happening on July 6 and 7, 2019. This year will be the 41st edition of this lively festival, which is centred on everything from food to music.

The festivities begin with a parade down Saint Laurent Boulevard before ending up in Jeanne-Mance Park.

The park will then play host to a celebration of all things Indian. Not only is the festival free to attend, but there will be plenty of delicious-smelling food stands in the park, and every festival-goer is entitled to a free vegetarian meal upon arrival. After enjoying your meal, be sure to check out the yoga and dance workshops, henna station, live musical performances, and the South Asian bazaar that will be set up on-site.

Montreal Ribfest

Montreal Ribfest returns for yet another summer. This West Island festival is all about – you guessed it – ribs! Three days of live music and BBQ are what’s in store for all attendees. This year’s event is taking place between August 16 and 18.

Food vendors for this year include Ribs Royale, The Hogfather, Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, Texas Rangers, Dinosaur Smokehouse, and Camp 31.

Not a fan of BBQ? There will be other food trucks parked on the festival grounds, including popular ice cream joint La Diperie, Bleu Homard (the best lobster roll in the city), and Andros El Tacos. 

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Emily Southey

Written by Emily Southey

Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Toronto and it was during her time studying History and English that she became interested in writing. When she's not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, or watching Disney musicals.

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