The gourmand event of the season is rolling into town
Not quite ready for the summer to end? Looking for one last weekend of Montreal’s iconic festival scene? This weekend, Sept. 5 and 6, YUL-EAT aims to finish the summer with a bang.
La Société culturelle Les Survenants in conjunction with L’Association des Restaurateurs de Rue du Quebec are staging the culinary finale of the summer. The event will take place at l’Esplanade Financière Sun Life, directly outside of Pie-IX metro station.
The event was created to increase awareness of the amount of food continuously wasted in Quebec and to reduce it. Organizers hope that innovations grounded within our unique Quebecois culture and culinary resources may be the solution.
Throughout the weekend, a variety of events will be offered. Competitions will be held between top-tier Quebecois chefs, special culinary products from Quebec will be presented, and a large cookbook sale and signing will be held. All these events will be open to the public, with no entrance fee.
The festivities will begin with the usual First Fridays assembling of Montreal food trucks at 4 p.m., and will continue into the wee hours with an opening night party. Saturday’s program kicks off with an epicurean book fair before brunch at 11 a.m., followed by a chefs “olympics” and culminating in a garden party starting at 7:30 p.m.
With a focus on Quebecois food culture, it may be unsurprising that all events will be held exclusively for a francophone audience. Although a potential hindrance for those who do not understand French, there are many activities geared to a larger audience.
Free concerts will be taking place all weekend as part of the festival as well as an assembly of all the food trucks in Montreal. Although the food trucks are no stranger to the Esplanade, this event is special due to it being one of the last of the summer. Whenever the food trucks come together, a party atmosphere quickly follows. With the addition of live music, the event will surely take on the unique Montreal flavour that we’ve come to expect from our summertime festivals.
Whether interested in the latest gourmand innovation, trying new foods or just getting out one last time before hitting the books, YUL-EAT promises to be the place to be.
For more information visit (French only) cuisinederue.org