MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
New feast format with multi-course meals
This year's edition of the MTLàTABLE food festival contains three 'gourmet discovery' phases: June 23 to August 1, August 4 to 29 and September 1 to October 11.
Participating restaurants will change throughout the course of the festival and will offer one or two new table d'hôtes menus each month.
Three-course fixed-price meals at different restaurants will range from $20 to $35, $36 to $45, $46 to $60 or $61 and up.
The festival also has at-home options for gourmet takeout as part of the restaurants' table d'hôtes.
MTLàTABLE's website has a list of restaurants currently participating in the festival, including Vieux-Port Steakhouse, Ibérica, Fiorellino Snack Bar, Pullman and Maggie Oakes.
As an example, Les Enfants Terribles on Bernard has a three-course menu with gazpacho, rabbit and strawberry shortcake for $47.
You can filter your preferences by neighbourhood, price, cuisine and more.
Contests & weekly draws
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
Quebec-grown produce & food products
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.