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Montréal en Lumière 2018


Montréal en Lumière 2018 – The winter is almost here and so is 2018, and then it is the time for another of Montreal’s festivals, I’m talking about Montreal en Lumière (MEL) which will be holding its 19th edition from February 22 to March 4, 2018. MEL is a multifaceted festival, where one could find a variety of music genres, dance, theatre, and—a cherished element— a gastronomy section which every year brings to Montreal, famous chefs from around the world.

This past Monday at a press conference with the presence of Jacques-André Dupont, Spectra CEO, Liza Frulla, Director General of the Institut de Tourisme et Hotellerie du Québec, and Jean-Pierre Curtat, Executive Chef at the Casino de Montréal, the lineup for the gastronomical part of the festival was revealed. The list includes activities for gourmands as well as for the general public to be presented in six different series.

Celebrating Knowledge is a series devoted to fine cuisine which will feature the presence of over twenty chefs from renowned hotel schools from Italy, France, Mexico, Belgium, Sweden, and certainly from our own province as well. The chefs attending this series will be hosted by some of the best-known restaurants in town. There will also be some workshops taking place at the Institut de Tourisme et Hotellerie du Québec (ITHQ). The ITHQ, a venerable Quebec institution is turning 50, and its participation in MEL is also an occasion to highlight its role in making Montreal and Quebec in general, an excellent place for gastronomy, a fact that was remarked by Liza Frulla during the press conference.

Planète Montréal will feature a surprising list of Quebec personalities, among them Brigitte Boisjoli, Dr. Richard Béliveau, Florence K, Alexandre Bilodeau, Jessica Harnois and Les Voix Ferrées, with their own take on the kitchen.

Featured Region: La Côte Nord, a series that will focus on the cuisine of that northern region of Quebec. La tablée des chefs is an initiative that started in 2002 that support the Brigades Culinaires program, fighting food insecurity. The Potluck is an activity that allows exchanges between chefs, restaurateurs, festivalgoers, bloggers, and journalists. The discussions cover all topics related to the festival and Montreal fine dining. Finally, the Culinary Tours discover the flavours of one particular area of the city, in this case, it will be Old Montreal.


Some new concerts were added to the list already released. They are, Dan Bigras (March 2, 8 p.m., Gesu), La Bronze (February 28, 8 p.m., Astral), Vicent Vallières (March 1, 8 p.m., Astral), Lary Kidd (March 2, 8 p.m., Astral), and Jack Broadbent (March 3, 8 p.m., Astral).

MEL has already announced its music lineup which includes names such as Gregory Porter, Alan Doyle, and The Franklin Electric. Dance lovers for their part could enjoy the Martha Graham Dance Company (USA) and a flamenco presentation by the Compañía Eva Yerbabuena (Spain).

By: Sergio Martinez – info@mtltimes.ca

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