Story by Rod Charles
Vacay.ca Deputy Editor
MONTREAL, QUEBEC – After enjoying several outstanding meals at Montréal en Lumière I’m worried about joining acclaimed chef Stelio Perombelon on his market-to-table dinner package at Jean-Talon Market. The idea is that guests tour the market with Perombelon, buy fresh ingredients and then cook the meal together.
To be sure, this is a lovely concept. What had me worried was the fact that we had to share our completed creations with other guests in our group. How in the world would I be able to explain to the Montreal Police Service my role in sending 15 people to the hospital?
Alas, there was no need for worry. Under the watchful eyes of Perombelon our group created ravioli with home made pasta, fried chicken and a flavourful baba-savarin for dessert. It is one of many delicious, fun and unique activities at Montréal en Lumière, a festival that is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019.
This year a new gourmet committee came up with a brand new gourmet orientation of the festival: “Celebrate, feast, create… Montréal style!” It’s certainly a different feel from past years when music, not food, was the primary thrust of the event.
And make no mistake…food is the primary thrust of this event. Chefs at En Lumiere include Chef de Cuisine Kevin Ramasawmy from Bar George and Chef Viktor Örn Andrésson, who came from Iceland to share his delicious creations. Other heavy hitters taking part in the festival included Paul Rogalski of Calgary’s famous Rouge Restaurant & Bistro at Nom Nom’s Cantine and of course, chef Stelio Perombelon.
Here are a few wonderful sights and chefs from Montréal en Lumière 2019.
OUTSTANDING FLAVOURS FROM THE LAND OF STAMPEDE
JUNIPER SMOKED BISON
CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER!
BRINGING THE HEAT FROM ICELAND
BLUMENTHAL RESTAURANT’S VEGETARIAN BRUNCH DELIGHTS
SUGAR SHACK ROCKS
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES AT MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Saturday, March 2
Nuit blanche à Montréal, presented in collaboration with Casino de Montréal, celebrates its 16th edition on the “the future” theme! As the best-attended single-day event in Montréal every year, the Nuit blanche assembles 300,000 nighthawks who brave winter temperatures to fully experience a wild urban adventure.
The 2019 edition of the Mondial des Cidres SAQ invites you to discover or rediscover over twenty cider-makers from Quebec and to enjoy their many products.
GRAVEL LE SOIR, a program during which the team of the ICI RADIO-CANADA PREMIÈRE program GRAVEL LE MATIN will invite members of the public to attend a special Nuit blanche presentation, live from the Salon urbain of Place des Arts!
From 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., the SAT is preparing a party with the theme “Retrofuturistic Trip”. Included in the program: a film projection, mixologists, live comic book artists, and a t-shirt bar on the ground floor.
At the all-new Quartier Gourmand, this unique meeting place offering zones dedicated to fine food and the sharing of knowledge, several conferences are on the menu, as well as concerts, tastings, and more!
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, chefs Riccardo Bertolino and Daniel Boulud of Maison Boulud are hosting Andres Morataya, renowned chef at Panga restaurant in Panama.
Sunday, March 3
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., as part of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and thanks to the participation of Tourisme Montréal and Radio-Canada, the Blumenthal restaurant team will be delighted to welcome Edouard Baer, who will host his show Lumières Dans La Nuit live on France Inter. Book in advance.
Discover Illuminart, presented by Casino de Montréal, a circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. The illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration and shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive and entertaining.
MORE ABOUT MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE
Dates: Event runs until March 3, 2019
Phone: 514-288-9955 • 1-855-864-3737 (1-85 LUMIERES)
Montreal Tourism: https://www.mtl.org/en