Bon ap­pétit! Mon­treal en Lu­mière and gas­tron­omy

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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 best­known 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:

0th edi­tion of Mon­tréal en Lu­mière will take place be­tween Fe­bru­ary 21 and March 3, 2019

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