The Haïti en folie festival is returning to Montreal this summer for its 12th edition! This year, the enormous celebration of Haitain culture will include for the second time ever a "foire culinaire," or food fair, where visitors can sample all sorts of Haitain specialties.
"This Festival is a unique opportunity to revel in and discover the typical cuisine of Haiti concocted with love by a variety of Haitian caterers and restaurateurs of the metropolis," a press release reads.
Festival goers will get to try everything from tropical rum cocktails to a creole poutine and pikliz, a pickled Haitian condiment that is extra extra extra spicey.
Also on the menu this year: griot (a "typical dish of highly seasoned and tasty fried pork"), tassot (fried goat meat), fritay (a mix of fried meat and vegetables), and, of course, creole chicken.
In addition to the food fair, Haïti en folie will include live music, performance art, and a showcase of Haitian artisan crafts.
"The Festival Haiti en Folie, the best of Haitian culture in one week in Montreal, is intended to make Haiti known in all its diversity, its splendor and its cultural wealth."
"There is something for everyone: music, cinema, theater, dance, gastronomy, literature, conferences, storytelling, crafts, painting ... This is the only event in Quebec that mixes all the cultural genres of Haiti," says the event website.
The Haitian food fair will take place between July 27th and 28th in Parc la Fontaine near the Calixa Lavallée center.
Entrance to the fair is FREE.
Haïti en folie is a sprawling event with spectacles all over the city. Explore the festival website here to learn more!
Here's everything you need to know.
WHAT: Haitian food and rum festival
WHEN: July 27 – 28, 11 AM – 11 PM
WHERE: Parc la Fontaine