Unlike Bouffons or First Fridays, Boufferie du Boul. St. Laurent is a much more intimate food truck event. Only a few food trucks are posted up on St. Lo just north of Villeray, rather than 30+, which ends up being a good thing since you're not awestruck by the amount of options available. Instead, you can calmly choose what most appeals to you and go sit on a park bench to enjoy your meal. Nomade SO6, the sausage food truck, can be found at Boufferie and is a perfect park meal option.
The cleverly named Nomade SO6 (ess-oh-six = saucisse, get it?) is all about serving up succulent sausages with a unique flair. You won't find an ordinary sausage at this truck, as SO6's menu features sausage concoctions like peanut coriander, smoked meat, cheddar bacon, and homemade sausage-pogos. Using only Quebec pork shoulder and homemade chips, sauces, and sides, SO6 maintains a standard in quality ingredients that results in great flavour.
On recommendation, I tried SO6's #5, also known as the Cote Levée. Two homemade sausages are topped with roasted cherry tomatoes, homemade BBQ sauce, and served atop polenta fries. Homemade sausages go a long way, as not only were SO6's sausages juicy and flavourful, they had just the right amount of fat to make it tender but not too greasy. The cherry tomatoes paired nicely, as they sweetened the dish along with the BBQ sauce, while the polenta fries soaked up all the delicious juices. Washed down with homemade iced tea, the sausages at SO6 are delicious and satisfying.
If you happen to miss SO6 at Boufferie du Boul. St. Laurent, well that sucks for you. But don't fret! Other flavourful food trucks will be on the street to satisfy your need to feed. Here's the who and when:
Wed 7th: Nomade SO6 + Saigon, je me souviens!
Thu 8th: Les Brigands + Nomade SO6
Fri 9th: Dim Sum + Les Brigands + Guru
Sat 10th: Le Cheese + Winneburger + Café Larue & Fils
The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
Entry is free and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Sudbest Neighbourhood Market
Price: Free entry! No cash is accepted on-site (so pay by card or by scanning a QR Code thanks to the CHK PLZ app)
When: From noon to 11 p.m July 31 to August 1, August 28-29 & September 25-26
Address: 40, rue des Seigneurs, Griffintown, Montreal, QC (Behind Arsenal, along the Lachine Canal)
Why You Need To Go: Check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!
The Ciel en Fête hot air balloon festival in Quebec is floating its way through Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu next month, accompanied by a host of activities, including yoga, a Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) picnic and an illuminated night show.
In the event of good weather, the hot air balloon festival will take place every weekend during the month of August.
The festival will host two free yoga sessions at dawn, where you can practice your downward-facing dog surrounded by breathtaking floating hot air balloons.
The SAQ'scinq à sept style Pique-nique découverte allows you to picnic beneath the balloon-dotted sky. Tickets include a basket with a selection of wines or bubbles from Quebec, paired with agrifood products from the region.
Night Glow on August 7 will create a hot air balloon spectacle under the stars, illuminated in the likeness of Chinese lanterns, which you can view through your car.
On several dates, two professional acrobatic divers will perform extreme dives from a hot air balloon in mid-flight — they'll be jumping 20 to 25 metres, equivalent to an 8-storey building, and diving into the water below.
Food trucks and beer will be available at the free Budweiser tailgate on August 14, where you'll be able to watch the Volaria aerial festival.
Reservations for each activity are required, but entrance is free for most events.
Ciel en Fête Festival
Price: Mostly free entry, but prices vary
When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary
Montreal is home to some amazing food trucks. We really do take our food truck foods seriously because they're not like other food trucks. Each truck makes something completely unique and delicious that's unlike anything you've ever eaten before!
It's called Les Premiers Vendredis and it's held on the first Friday of every month for the entire summer! The festival takes places at the Olympic Stadium and you're not going to want to miss September's.
You probably know by now that I love everything to with festivals in Montreal. The summertime is packed full with crazy festivals from yoga festivals to dog festivals and everything in between! But the best kind of festivals in the city obviously have to do with food.
That's why I'm super excited to say that there's a massive food truck festival happening in the Old Port that's going to feature some amazing food vendors, farm-fresh produce markets, drinks, games and more!
The festival is called YUL Eat and it's taking place from September 2nd-4th! You may have already heard of this festival from last year, but this year they've got some even bigger things planned for us!
They're also going to have a huge market with local Quebec producers sharing their farm-fresh products! There will also be a huge beer garden with live bands, a Natrel tent teaching you how to make perfect lattes, and a fun relay race testing your serving skills!