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Food and fun at Montréal’s 7th annual Oysterfest

Montréalers will celebrate almost anything and more often than not, we’ll party hardest in the name of food. One of the most highly anticipated summer food festivals is one that not only visitors to the city plan their entire family vacations to attend, but locals plan their weekends around as well.  This year marks the 7th edition of the wildly popular “Oysterfest”, a two-day event taking place at the Canadian Parks Heritage site, the Peel Basin and over the weekend of August 29 and 30. Oysterfest started as a dream and was realized in 2007 when founder Daniel Notkin put together a modest event that drew a meager 150 attendees and a handful of participants and sponsors. Experiencing exponential growth through the past seven years, it is projected that the 2015 edition of Oysterfest will attract over 8,000 guests while featuring over 80 restaurants and vendors where over 25,000 oysters are expected to be devoured. This event is renowned for bringing together restaurants, industry professionals and the general public all in the name of delicious food, a party atmosphere while encouraging a socially conscious mandate of promoting ocean sustainability and aquatic-life awareness. The Open Pier Conservatory (also founded by Notkin)… / Read More →

Where to get the best oysters in Montreal

What food can you eat by the dozen and not feel guilty about? Served with bubbles or a fine wine, oysters are a favourite choice on any apéro menu. There is no better way to end a busy day and kick off the weekend than with a dozen or two, or three of these bad boys on ice…

Where To Eat Like a VIP In Montreal During Formula 1 Grand Prix

You may not be part of a Formula 1 team, you may not be a jet-setting celebrity, and the closest you may ever get to a “who’s who” is when someone hears your name and says, “Who?” But take heart: like many tens of thousands of other mere mortal F1 aficionados who work up a hunger for more than just racing, you too can at least eat like a VIP during the annual Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. And your choices are limited only by your tastes.

OYSTERS ON THE MAIN

Winter is the traditional season for oysters, though Maestro owner and Maitresse d’hotel Ilene Polansky reminds us that the thing about only eating bivalves in months ending in “r” went out when refrigerated transport containers came in. But December reminds us that oysters are delicious, so we satisfied our craving the other night at Ilene’s Montreal classic, Maestro S.V.P.