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A Free African & Asian Market And Food Festival Is Coming To Montreal This Summer

Orientalys is returning in August!
Senior Editor
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Orientalys, the festival of Arab, South and East Asian cultures, is set to once again take over the Quai Jacuqes-Cartier in the Montreal Old Port this summer. The sprawling festival is "fully devoted to the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures" and "[celebrates] a diverse, avant‐garde and open-minded Montreal," its website states.

"Every year in summer, the Old Port moves to the beat of bold fusions and original shows crossing three continents from North Africa to China, by way of Spain, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran Cambodia, India and Japan as well as many other Eastern countries!"

The festival will be composed of exhibitors in tents selling artisan products for which visitors can negotiate the price. Restaurant tents provide an opportunity for festival-goers to sample dishes from around the world.

Live performances of music and dance, as well as interactive workshops will keep visitors engaged and with a chance to appreciate cultures they may otherwise have little contact with.

The festival Facebook event page encourages participants to enjoy "the atmosphere of the evenings under a nomad tent, negotiate a craft object, learn a traditional Indian dance or enjoy the benefits of argan oil."

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Orientalys will not be Montrealers' only chance to learn from and celebrate other cultures. From July 11th to 14th, A Taste of the Caribbean will present street food and rum cocktails to interested visitors.

Then, between the end of August and beginning of September, taco-lovers will have a chance to enjoy the Mexican dish at the Montreal Taco Fest, which, in addition to tortilla goodness, will have cocktails and salsa samples.

Organizers have yet to reveal the complete program of this year's edition of Orientalys. Stay tuned for forthcoming details!

Here's everything you need to know

What: Orientalys

When: August 22nd – 25th, 2019

Where: Quai Jacques-Cartier, Montreal Old Port


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