Montreal is more than blessed as far as festivals and gourmet cuisine goes. After Montréal en lumière and Happening Gourmand, now the Omnivore World Tour has stopped in the city from August 17 to 20. This event offers unique food created by chefs both locally and worldwide. It also passed through Geneva, New York, Shanghai and Paris before making a stop in Montreal at the Société des Arts technologiques.
The Omnivore Festival is four days of pure indulgence and a passion for cooking, with cooking demonstrations, "dinners of the damned" and a party.
In total, 18 leaders of the culinary world will be cooking each day during the event, including Patrice Demers, Jerome Bigot, Samuel Pinard and Martin Juneau. Buying a day pass (about $45) or a three-day pass ($105) will help ensure you get to see them.
Saturday night, the festival has its Omnivarious party, presented by Wines of the Rhone Valley. Each chef will prepare appetizers (Gorgonzola shortbread by Jerome Bigot, beef tartare and smoked cod by Samuel Mathys and scallop ceviche with coffee oil by Marc-Andre Royal), and two guest DJs will keep the crowds dancing until 3 a.m.
The five "damned" dinners that are part of the program, include two chefs at Lawrence on Friday night, two chefs each at New Palace and Cafe Sardine on Sunday night, and five chefs spread out across La SAT and Les 400 coups on Monday night -- reservations must be placed with the restaurants directly.
For the complete schedule and more information, visit www.sat.qc.ca.