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Montreal’s Île Notre-Dame – Food Lover’s Paradise

Notre Dame Basilica in Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal’s Île Notre-Dame, an artificial island created for the world expo (1967),  is given over to a food lovers’ paradise. Over 500 traditional dishes, drinks and desserts from all over the world are there for your indulgence. It’s all on the menu at the most exciting and palate-pleasing event of the summer.

Montreal's Île Notre-Dame

Those uninitiated to the tastes of Québecois cuisine can warm up with a smattering of Franco-Canadian dishes including snails, mussels, an enticing range of Alsatian bites, cassoulet and Gascogne liver pate. Look out for sea perch and Îles de la Madelaine clam chowder, two rated Montreal specialities. All can be found at the The Gourmet Garden, a collection of 12 stands offering some 65 dishes.

Looking for something a little off the beaten track? Then brave the First Nations stall for samplings of spuce water – traditionally drunk by Athabascan Natives to cure kidney problems – Huron soup and caribou kabobs (or kebabs for the non-Americans and non-Canadians amongst you). There’s storytelling, a teepee village and art displays to enjoy too.

Equally spectacular is the medieval castle proffering pheasant and guinea-fowl Mifote Royal. Top off your feasts with some wise words from the in-house fortune teller. Heading back over the Atlantic, discover first hand the flavours of farmed catfish imported from Louisiana and served by celebrated chef Jean-Louis Thémis, professor at the Institut de Tourisme etd’Hotellerie du Québec. Other delights on site include snake, alligator and blue marlin – a little fatty, to say the least, but that won’t stop the curious foodies amongst you.

One half pound of steamed and shaved Montreal smoked meat piled high on fresh rye bread


Montreal smoked meat sandwich

More than 300,000 food enthusiasts make it their priority to come to this Fetes Gourmandes. Make sure you’re not one of those that misses out. Note: Events details can change. Please check with the organisers that the event is happening before making travel arrangements. 

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