If you travel for food, an increasingly popular reason for packing your bags, Montreal should rank high on your list of must-visits. Named North America’s Food Capital by Town & Country, the city is home to more than 5,800 restaurants representing the 120 ethnicities found within the city. Even if you stayed for a month, you wouldn’t be able to sample all of Montreal’s culinary highlights, but there’s one way to chow down on a hearty helping of local and international favorites in a single night, and that’s by attending a First Friday fest.
On the first Friday of each month, May through October, Olympic Park (the stadium created for the 1976 Summer Olympics) hosts a massive street food festival with a large gathering of food trucks (typically around 50) for a multicultural chow fest. Last year, more than 100,000 foodies packed the park throughout the season to sample their favorite bites and hang out with friends, new and old, while listening to live music in the festive atmosphere.
Admission to First Fridays is free, as are some of the family-friendly activities available within, but if you won’t be in town this summer, there’s still plenty to fill your belly regardless of timing: Montreal hosts a variety of food festivals year-round, including RibFest, Oysterfest, Burger Week and Poutine Week.
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