The 20th edition of Montréal en Lumière will take place between February 21 and March 3, 2019, and the producers of this annual event announced this Tuesday the details of one its most anticipated sections: the gastronomical one. For this edition, they are counting on the culinary presence of 20 countries, as usual with guest chefs who will be working out the kitchens of some of the best-known restaurants in town.
In his opening remarks at the press conference, Jacques-André Dupont, President and Director-General of the event, reminded the journalists, about the challenges that they faced twenty years ago when they decided to stage an event in the middle of the winter in Montreal. The results of that bold move, however, are quite impressive: Montréal en Lumière is today one of the iconic events in the city and, yes, Montrealers, and some brave tourists even enjoy the many outdoor activities during the days of the festival. It is undoubtedly one of the great achievements of the Spectra group.
As for what is on the table –literally: the part called Air France Finest Tables consists of pairing, i.e. putting together chefs from different parts of the world to work with their colleagues in Montreal, preparing some exciting combinations of flavours coming from 15 different countries. On this occasion three countries are represented for the first time: Iceland, Israel, and Panama.
The Maison des Festivals, on Ste. Catherine Street will be the centre for the Quartier Gourmand, featuring tastings, talks, conferences, and workshops. Another interesting activity planned for this occasion is the Tastet’s culinary tours, conducted by Élise and Jean-Philippe Tastet which will explore the presence of some remarkable cuisines from around the world in our own city. The program includes Italy in Montreal with Élise Tastet (February 23, March 2 and 3), The Middle East in Montreal with Jean-Philippe Tastet (February 23, March 2 and 3), and Japan in Montreal with Jean-Philippe Tastet and Kuniko Fujita (February 24 and 25, March 3).
A taste of Quebec will also be present in the form of the traditional “Festival of our cheeses” which will be there for its 13th consecutive year (February 21 to 23) at the Grande Place, Complexe Desjardins (free admission). The other event with a strong local flavour will be the Mondial des cidres SAQ, an event in which the public will have the opportunity “to learn more about local cider producers and to discover cider in all its variations: sparkling, sweet, dry, ice, and flavoured.”
Of course, the gastronomy section is only part of the whole winter event, which as usual should contain a variety of music and other forms of entertainment for the entire family. For now, we were told the names of three of the performers that will be present during the festival, all of them at the Astral: Whitehorse (February 23, 8 p.m), Dominique Fils-Aimé (March 1, 8 p.m.) and Soran (March 2, 8 p.m.). For more detailed information about the gastronomy section go to montrealenlumiere.com