Every First Friday, from May to October, a celebration of summer weather and good food takes place at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.
Imagine, a sea of food vendors on wheels; a gourmand’s playground. Out of all the festivals and events I’ve attended this summer in Montreal, none can compare to the accessibility and pure bliss of a First Friday. Foodies add this to your bucket list.
As an avid attendee, my experience has become routine. Upon arrival, I roamed around the spacious venue that is Montreal’s Olympic Stadium. There’s always something new on the menu. You can’t help but overhear strangers exchanging recommendations and asking where the others got their food. Take your time admiring the unique designs and themes of each vendor.
Inevitably, I found myself at my favorite food truck Boîte à Fromages– Raclette Express. It’s a beautiful thing witnessing a fresh wheel of Canadian Oka cheese melted to perfection and scrapped on top of shredded beef and sautéed potatoes. Perfection.
After savoring what I believe to be food heaven on earth, I set out to find a decadent dessert to complete my foodie experience. A darling food tuck named Mignon provided freshly made on-the-spot churros accompanied with an assortment of dipping sauces. A brutal 30-minute wait was buffered by great company and live music. A margarita was later required to ease the sugar rush as consumption continued well after sundown.
First Fridays is a perfect evening for family and friend gatherings as well as first dates. Just make sure to arrive early enough before your favorite truck runs out of supply. This coming October 6 is the final Friday to wrap up Montréal’s summer. The biggest food truck rally in Canada will return again next May.
Many thanks and credits to long-time friend Fabian Encarnacion, freelance photographer (Instagram @by.fab / [email protected])
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