Montreal en Lumière marks a quarter-century of fun and culinary excellence

March 11, 2024

If you are an enthusiastic foodie, Montreal has something special for you – the Montreal en Lumière Festival. Recognized for its rich gastronomic heritage, the city hosts this popular festival annually, attracting some of the most influential names in global cuisine. An estimated 700 chefs from over 20 countries have been invited to take part in Montréal en Lumière.

Montreal tradition

For a quarter of a century, the Gourmet Program has stood as a uniquely Montreal tradition, enticing both locals and tourists to indulge in the city’s vibrant culinary scene, light installations and shows. From the charming cobblestone streets to the modern architecture, the Quartier des Spectacles provides the perfect backdrop for this celebration of gastronomic excellence, catering to every palate, whether you’re a seasoned food enthusiast or a casual diner.

Gourmet tastings, a cornerstone of the program, showcase the diversity and creativity of Montreal’s culinary scene. Local chefs present their signature dishes, allowing attendees to embark on a gastronomic journey through the city’s rich and varied flavors. From traditional Quebecois dishes to innovative fusion creations, the tastings are a feast for the taste buds.


The Gourmet Program goes beyond taste, it features a series of workshops and lectures that delve into the art and science of gastronomy. Experts from the culinary world share their insights, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to deepen their knowledge and appreciation for the culinary arts. Whether your interests lie in the latest food trends, sustainable practices or the history of Montreal’s culinary evolution, these lectures are a fun way of learning something new.

Beyond the food

Beyond the culinary delights, the festival showcases an array of entertainment, including shows, winter activities, art installations and cultural events. Among them, Nuit Blanche has drawn huge crowds with its extensive art program where museums, cultural centers, and various venues extend their hours until dawn or late into the night. Attendees are treated to a captivating visual and auditory spectacle, creating a multisensory experience that lingers in the memory.

The festival also offers a host of exciting free activities. These include street performances, art installations and live music, transforming the Quartier des Spectacles into a lively winter celebration. Families, friends and solo adventurers can explore the culinary wonders of Montreal, as well as other city attractions without breaking the bank.

All images are courtesy of Montreal en Lumière.


Story by Andra Balaci

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