Montreal: Wine and chocolate
By Sylvie Berthiaume
The city renowned for its countless summer festivals does not take a break during the fall.
Per example, there is plenty to eat and drink during La Grande Dégustation de Montréal, from November 1 to 3, and during Montréal à table, from November 1 to 11. Such a good match!
Pleasure and security
At Place Bonaventure, La Grande Dégustation, hosts more than 200 winemakers, brewers and spirits producers to provide tastings to more than 13 000 visitors who are amateurs, connoisseurs or experts.
Each year, the event chooses 3 themes paying tribute to a region, a wine grape variety and a product. In 2018, it will be Italy, pinot gris and gin.
The tastings cost one or a few coupons of 1$ each. Visitors also have the opportunity to attend conferences and participate in instructive, sometimes amusing animations.
If you come by automobile, there is no need to be concerned about security or legal matters. The event organizers offer free access to a pick-up and drop off service for you and … your car!
Effervescent and creamy
In parallel, Montréal à table, has 150 participant restaurants who welcome the curious and insatiable.
It is not only the time to treat yourself with a Grande Bouffe in quantity and in quality. It is also the occasion to take advantage of very affordable prices. The principle : tables d’hôtes cost only 23$, 33$ or 43$!
Furthermore: full of topics to explore and tours to do.
Here are two, among many others:
At The Champagnerie, located in Old Montreal, they offer a bubbles cocktails creations workshop, mixologist and ingredients included, for only 21$. You must not miss the Sabering Bar, the Photo Booth and the DJ.
In the Montreal neighborhoods of Bourgeois Boheme and Hipsters, which are the Plateau Mont-Royal and the Mile End district, you will surely want to take part in a walking guided tour which constitutes a large dip in chocolate!
You will meet several chocolatiers, artisans and manufacturers of the best chocolates and chocolate dishes of the city, even of Canada. The cost of $100 includes the tasting of 9 divine chocolates and a Mexican dish incorporating cocoa, in addition to encounters that promise to be friendly, fun and instructive.
What a marvelous way to discover Montreal and the world, in their foody versions.