Montreal en Lumiere – The curtain comes down on the 19th edition of MONTRÃ‰AL EN LUMIÃˆRE! Presented in collaboration with Bell from February 22 to March 4, this edition gave us plenty to remember: huge crowds on the outdoor site flocking to our free installations, classics and new additions (encouraged and enhanced by the weather!); great media visibility, both locally and internationally; in gastronomy, foodies were thrilled by the 50th anniversary of the ITHQ, a fine tribute to the Chef of the Century, Paul Bocuse, mentor of many chefs and first honorary president of this festival, and an unprecedented celebration of knowledge; a hundred shows featuring folk, dance, flamenco, theatre, rock, opera, classical and electronic, under the honorary presidency of Isabelle Boulay; and a fabulous Nuit blanche celebrating its 15th birthday as boldly and creatively as ever! Thanks to all of our chefs, artists, partners and above all, fans from home and abroad who join us year after year. And even as we close the curtain on this edition, our spotlights are trained on the next. Next year, for the incredible 20th edition of MONTRÃ‰AL EN LUMIÃˆRE, we will celebrate with a global tour of gastronomy that will make the world’s head spin& Details to come!
A gourmet world at your doorstep
There’s no doubt: Montrealers love to combine know-how and flavour, and love to discover new things! For ten days and nights, we all shared an incredible experience: mentors, teachers and students, chefs and clients, with a re-energized openness to share recipe books, experiences and tips.
Dedicated to Paul Bocuse, this edition hosted 28 activities in tribute to the master: four Air France Finest Tables (La Chronique, Europea, Au Petit Extra, Le Valois), Spécial Bocusemenus revisiting his classics, fusing simple ingredients with masterful execution.
Among our top-flight guests, the ITHQ showcased the entire breadth of its greatness: a wealth of knowledge, and a source of tremendous talent, which radiated throughout the festival.
This edition also made its mark for the number of guest chefs, including 16 international chefs and 5 Michelin-starred chefs: including Alain Verzeroli (L’Atelier JoÃ«l Robuchon), Julien Lefebvre (La Chronique) and Gaetano Trovato (Maison Boulud), who drew huge crowds.
Among the many success stories, let us also mention a special region, the CÃ´te-Nord, whose northern flavours thrilled the public and energized the creativity of our own local chefs, at Chasse-Galerie, Blumenthal and Ikanos.
Finally, we must emphasize that the theme of this edition€”celebrating knowledge€”was a massive success, with the pros and the public. All 14 workshops and conferences were sold out! In the scientific conferences, the Nordic Food Lab drew 300 people to L’Astral to experience a sustainable vision of food& and gourmet insects!
Heading towards the 20th&
For 20 years, the MONTRÃ‰AL EN LUMIÃˆRE festival has illuminated our winter season, making its mark by virtue of its eclecticism and creativity, in the very image of our effervescent, insatiable city. In celebration of that, the festival plunges into its own history, reconnecting with some of the cities and regions it has showcased over the past two decades, which have featured over 550 chefs from around the world. From there, fans are taken on a gourmet voyage& one that promises to be even more delicious and exciting in its next incarnation!
31 guest chefs as part of our 32 Air France Finest Tables
8 series of activities
230 gourmet activities
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