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December 3, 2019

The cream of the crop!
Announcing the gastronomy programming of the 21st edition of

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Bell, is joyfully announcing the gastronomy programming of its 21st edition. From February 20 to March 1, 2020, the city will become the culinary arts epicentre more than ever, thanks to an abundance of delicious activities!

Even more Air France Finest Tables
As usual, the festival plays a role in making the Air France Finest Tables dazzle the city. There will be 50 of them this year, including 12 new ones, that will organize unforgettable nights this year. Top chefs from Copenhagen, Dubai, New York City, Paris, Carcassonne, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Haiti, Chile, and San Francisco will create exceptional menus with their Quebec counterparts. Among those guests, 9 Michelin star chefs (with a total of 17 stars) will shine on MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE! Festival-goers can book tables now!
Quartier Gourmand
Following its success last year, Quartier Gourmand will return to its headquarters, the Maison du Festival, at the corner of Bleury and Sainte-Catherine. Quartier Gourmand, which can be accessed free of charge, features culinary discoveries and major trends in gastronomy, through over 50 activities. At the Galerie Gourmande, festival-goers will get to taste terroir products, buy ready-to-eat meals, attend paid thematic 5@7 (including one paying tribute to Quebec wines, and another devoted to local spirits), and discover the culinary wealth of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which will be showcased this year. 
Tantalizing Activities
Michelle Bouffard’s cheerful interviews, with the sommelier welcoming celebrities in the same formula as her book Dis-moi qui tu es, je te dirai quoi boire, including Christian Bégin, Kim Thúy and Sœur Angèle. February 20 to 23 at Salle Gourmande. 
• As part of Japan’s Flavours, aficionados will discover and enjoy delicacies from the Empire of the Rising Sun, prepared by restaurateurs from Montréal’s Japanese scene. They will also have an opportunity to participate in workshops, tastings and demonstrations. Paid admission; tapas sold via a coupon formula. February 21 & 22 at L’Astral.
• The Women in Gastronomy Brunch, which will discuss this issue in the company of Estérelle Payany and Vérane Frédiani, the authors of the guide Cheffes: 500 femmes qui font la différence dans les cuisines de France, as well as such Quebec chefs as Maurin Arellano, who leads the movement Les Femmes Chefs de Montréal. February 23 at L’Astral.
One-on-one with Rosalie Lessard. The author of Survivre en appart will discuss her journey from the ITHQ to her popular YouTube channel, followed by a signing session. February 27 at L’Astral.
• Finally, following the success of the Tikivernale Cocktail Night in 2019, the festival will strike again with a Bubbly and Cocktail Night, where sparkling wines and spirits will join forces to create flawless cocktails. February 28 at L’Astral.
Nuit Gourmande
The 2nd edition of the Nuit Gourmande presented by Casino de Montréal in collaboration with Air France will take place on February 22, 2020, starting at 6 p.m. Its mission: making people discover or rediscover local gastronomy and culinary talents via a vast array of nocturnal gourmet activities, while also enlivening various neighbourhoods during wintertime.
Exclusively on that night, over a hundred establishments — restaurants, bars, bakeries, specialty grocery stores, fish markets, pastry shops, etc. — will remain open late in order to offer unique gourmet experiences to participants. Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. (the schedule varies depending on the establishment).
The Nuit Gourmande is made possible by the collaboration of SDC Quartier Latin and SDC du Village.
Gourmet Tours, in collaboration with Tastet
Once again this year, exclusively during MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Tastet is offering six gourmet tours, presented by Air France. The concept? Getting privileged access to the favourite addresses of Élise Taster and her father, Jean-Philippe, a respected food critic, and enjoying a unique experience in the company of chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers and mixologists. A total of six tours will be available: three devoted to alcohol (natural wines, sake, speakeasy bars), and three focusing on national cuisines (Greek, Italian, and Chinese).
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Philip Vanden Brande
Senior Manager, Public Relations
and Media Relations
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Marie-Christine Labonté
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Marie Létourneau
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