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Foodie fests join summer lineup

by Donna Nebenzahl

A food-lovers’ “souk” isn’t the only foodie venue planned at this year’s Just for Laughs Festival, taking place in the Quartier des Spectacles from July 12 to 29. The world’s “biggest and best comedy festival,” this year celebrating its 30th anniversary, will offer food at a series of locations on the site, also hosted by the folks at Grumman 78.

Along Jeanne Mance St., the Sleeman Terrace will offer beer food at a takeout counter serving fish and chips, fried onions and clams – along with beer, of course.

Other takeout spots will include a Mini-Village presented by President’s Choice where burgers and ribs will be served and a “MilkZone” with a milk bar, play area and stage.

A special barbecue area is also planned, next to the SAQ bistro, specializing in roasted meats and corn on the cob; diners can lounge on tables and chairs scattered throughout the site. But take note: Montreal’s street food revival isn’t relegated just to this event.

Since June, Cerf and her colleagues have launched a “culinary popup,” featuring two to three takeout food trucks appearing daily at the Place Émilie Gamelin near the Berri-UQAM station. “This will happen each weekday over the lunch period,” Cerf says.

And at the Olympic Park, the first Friday of the month, more than a half-dozen food trucks will gather on the esplanade for an evening of takeout delights.


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