It was truly the festival for the people, a "pop-up" restaurant food festival that allowed amaetur chefs to show off their food skills. Hosted all across Montreal, the official Restaurant Day had locals and travellers attending the event in the city, looking forward to not only culturally diverse foods, but also incredibly cheap prices.
The event has been running in the city for years with no problems whatsoever, so it comes as a bit of a shock that this year's festival was basically shut down immediately.
A group of students selling incredible food such chili, homemade jerk chicken, Indian pakoras and more were told within minutes of setting up by city inspectors that they had to close down.
A French couple with dreams of opening their own bakery one day had a beautiful stand filled with eye-catching pastries and desserts, only to be forced into packing up, with all of the consumable goodies going to waste.
And if this doesn't pull on your heart strings, the festival gave a little girl an opportunity to sell homemade cookies and madeleines in the city. Her hope was to make enough money from her mini bakery to fly her friend over to Montreal from France. Sadly, you guessed it, city inspectors asked her to close down the temporary shop before she could even get started.
The reason for all the one-day restaurant closures across the city? Well, although everyone has been turning a blind eye in the past, this year the city is insistent that no one can sell any type of food to the public unless they have a restaurant permit.
For those that participate in the event, that wouldn't be possible. The people that open up the temporary shops are typically students or have day jobs, people with dreams of being a chef or providing food to the public but definitely not having the time or availability to do so all year round.
The city says it's absolutely required to own a permit to sell any food to the public, but have not explained why they never cared about the festival in the years prior.
Although this year's festival ended abruptly, it's uncertain whether or not Montreal will continue to host Restaurant Day in the future. Let's hope an exception is made for the festival's run next year.