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Mondial de la bière’s 23rd Edition with a Gastronomy Theme

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The Mondial de la bière is America’s most prominent and international beer festival. The 23rd edition of the five-day festival will take place from June 8 to 12, 2016 at Palais des Congrès de Montréal and its terrace, l’Esplanade.

The new spokesperson of the festival is chef Jonathan Garnier, co-owner of La Guilde Culinaire. The festival believes it is time to consider beer as a gastronomic product. The theme is beer gastronomy with an important gourmand component, including two new events from the Flaveurs Bières et Caprices (FBC) terraces.

  • FBC Gastronomy: Five renowned chefs, a cheese-maker, a chocolate expert and some talented brewers will unite to offer gastronomic finger food paired with local beers. Wednesday June 8 & Thursday June 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cost: $85.
  • FBC Spirits: Distilleries will offer spirit tastings. Jean-François Pilon, founder of Whisky Montréal, will host the event. Friday June 10 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Coupons required.
  • Sorties Flaveurs: Reuniting beer and fine dining to present beer as noble product from the Quebec terroir.
  • Beer, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing Workshops: Pairing presentations and new beer discoverings in collaboration with the Producteurs de lait du Québec.
  • 18 Food pavilions
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Chef Jonathan Garnier © La Guilde Culinaire

The Mondial de la bière is an event for any beer lover, whether you’re a beginner or a fine connoisseur. In exchange of purchased coupons, you can taste different beers or ciders while grabbing a bite to eat.

Numbers: 

190,000 visistors

586 products available (beers, meads, ciders…)

282 new beers

104 breweries, cideries and others, with 40 Quebec breweries

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Bag & glass © Olivier Bourget

 

Free Admission 

Tasting Coupons: $1 each

Cost of one tasting: 2 to 8 coupons

Quantity served: 2 to 8 oz.

The souvenir glass is designed to accommodate 2 to 8 oz. samples.

 

Hours:  

Wednesday & Thursday: 3 to 11 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Location: Palais des Congrès de Montréal 201 Viger St. W.

 

Visit their website for more information.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons 2016 Extravaganza Tour

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons (BOTS) is back in Montreal this Saturday May 28th for a second time. For fans of the show RuPaul’s Drag Race, which showcases diverse drag queens from the United States, it’s a show not to be missed.

BenDeLaCreme, Ginger Minj, Ivy Winters, Jinkx Monsoon, Katya, Manila Luzon, Sharon Needles and Violet Chachki are the queens that will be performing in Montreal. Michelle Visage, one of the judges of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, will host the show. The queens are from different seasons.

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© Ivy Lynn

This year’s edition is bigger with BOTS touring in 60 cities compared to 50 cities last year. Last year, the queens toured in Europe for the first time and this year, they’re touring in Asia. Australia and Singapore are the only Asian countries. There are 16 drag queens in the tour.

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Violet Chachki © Ivy Lynn

For their first edition, the tour stopped in Montreal in February on a cold night. The queens entertained their fans as the crowd laughed and screamed at each performance.

Fans are able to attend a Meet & Greet with the queens before the show whether to chat or take photos and selfies with them.

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© Ivy Lynn

If the show is anything like last year with individual and group performances, Snatch Game and including audience members on the stage, everyone will have a good time.

As Ru Paul says: “Gentlemen, start your engines and may the best woman win!”

 

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Tour is at Metropolis 59 Ste.-Catherine St. East on Saturday May 28 at 9 p.m. Tickets are available HERE. $45.50 + fees

Doors open at 8 p.m.

Pre-Show Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m.

Invasion Cocktail – Opening Party

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I’ve been writing for Montreal Rampage and I got to cover Invasion Cocktail. As media, I was invited to the opening party at PHI Centre and brought along my friend Janice, whom I knew would enjoy a few cocktails. After all, 13 cocktails is a little number, right?

A dozen of bars and restaurants from Montreal and Quebec City were present with their signature cocktails for the week.

Our first stop was the SAQ’s Espace Cocktail that allowed guests to make signature cocktails with either a vodka or gin base. Obviously, I chose a vodka base and Janice made us cocktails while I took photos and videos of her. I think she’d make a good bartender.

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Janice the Bartender!

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Super Sweet Cocktail!

We spotted the food bites quickly as we didn’t want to be drunk since we didn’t have dinner. There were delicious pulled pork burgers with red cabbage, crab cakes and mini pogos. Unfortunately, there was no desserts.

There was a Virtual Reality station and Janice and I tried it.  It was a fun experience and it was time I tried it, especially after having edited a documentary on AR/VR! Now, I understood what my classmates meant that VR/AR couldn’t be explained andyou had to try it to understand it.

Me trying VR/AR

Thankfully, there was ESKA water for the guests, important to hydrate with water after a few cocktails.

We got matching tattoos!!!

I loved the Alambika boutique, which had a selection of cocktail bitters and syrups. A little drop can add flavour in your cocktails or other drinks. I think the store will become one of my favourite. We enjoyed tasting the different flavours of bitters and syrups.

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Alambika’s Table

There were cocktails for every taste from strong to sweet to bitter to spicy!

Janice’s favourite cocktail was Double Barrel with Jack Fire, maple syrup, lemon juice, ginger, angostura and mint.

Double Barrel is the drink with a piece of ginger

My favourite cocktail was Batida Passion with Cachaça and passion fruit puree.

Batida Passion was the sweetest & cutest cocktail with best table decor ~

Janice wanted to end the night with McDonald’s but I suggested we get some Chinese food instead so we went to Beijing, as Chinatown was only a few minutes away! It was a fun night filled with delicious food and cocktails, plus we made a new friend!

If you’ve missed out on Invasion Cocktail, you can still check the Closing Party and Finale of MADE WITH LOVE Competition on Monday May 16 at Rialto Theatre starting at 8 p.m. There are still a few tickets left to see who will be crowned Canada’s best bartender!

Invasion Cocktail 2016

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Invasion Cocktail is a weeklong festival celebrates cocktails from May 10 to 16 in Montreal and for the first time, it will have an edition in Quebec City. There are 36 participating bars and restaurants.

“Not everyone wants to go to bars, some people want to enjoy their cocktails while eating, ” says Maryline Demandre, co-founder of Invasion Cocktail. She wanted to develop that aspect by including restaurants as partners.

Invasion Cocktail invites consumers to enjoy cocktails during the week and participate in festive events such as the opening night, brunch and closing party. Industry professionals are invited to participate in seminars where four international speakers will talk about mixology, offer mixology demos and talk about the reality of being a bartender in 2016.

The festival is for the neophyte as well as for the buff of cocktails. “Some people are intimidated by cocktails or have prejudices and it’s the occasion for them to discover cocktails,” adds Maryline. Every bar will create a cocktail according to its philosophy.

“For the enthusiasts, it’s the opportunity to go bar hopping and see how far the cocktail culture in Quebec can be pushed,” explains Maryline.

Invasion Cocktail has Quebecer liquors that recently entered the market as partners and it allows consumers to discover local products.

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Bar Palco’s spicy cocktail

 

Events

Invasion Cocktail Opening Night: Highlights of the week with a dozen cocktails, which will be presented in Montreal and Quebec City. The SAQ will be present with their Espace Cocktail and offer guests the opportunity to make their own signature cocktails.

Tuesday May 10, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

PHI Centre

Ticket: $50

Brunch: Guests are driven to the renowned sugar shack of Pied du Cochon where they will enjoy brunch with two cocktails and one cup of champagne. The last tickets are being sold.

Sunday May 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

La Cabane du Pied de Cochon

Ticket: $100

Invasion Cocktail Industry Day: A professional day for bartenders, restaurant and bar owners, mixologists and sommeliers with guest speakers from France and the United States (Philip Duff, Nico De Soto, Dave Kaplan and Franky Marshall).

Monday May 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PHI Centre

Ticket: $50 special – $115 regular

Closing Party – National Finale MADE WITH LOVE: The 14 finalists from participating Canadian cities will be battling it out and the best Canadian bartender will be crowned. The international experts will be the judges of the competition.

Monday May 16 at 8 p.m.

Rialto Theatre

Ticket: $50 special – $75 regular

You can get your passport for the price of $20 and enjoy cocktails at the price of $7.

For more details, visit their website, Facebook Page or Instagram @invasioncocktail.

Blog Upgrade!

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Hi everyone,

I am one day away from my only exam before the end of my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Concordia. I am excited and nervous at the same time. How come, you ask? First, I wonder what will I do with all my free time. Second, will I be able to find a job in the field of journalism.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog and its future. I know it needs an upgrade but maybe I should turn it in a lifestyle blog where I talk about the things I love. Of course, food will be one of the main focus with film festivals and arts & culture events. I might include my portfolio as a journalist on it as well. Maybe it’ll become a website.

I’ll keep you posted for the changes and until then, I might not post anymore restaurant reviews.

Thank you for following my blog!

N.

Mac + Cheese Week 2016

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The 2nd edition of Mac + Cheese Week is currently happening until March 13th! I would love to try at least one if I have the time by this weekend. A dozen Montreal restaurants are participating.

Here are my top 3 picks!

Le Cheese

As the founders of Mac + Cheese Week, I expect the best from them. A Sriracha Fried Chicken Mac + Cheese? SOLD! Ingredients: roasted cauliflower, sweet green peas, homemade bechamel sauce, sriracha, breadcrumbs, flour, chicken and Louis d’Or cheese.

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© Mac + Cheese Week

 

Burger Royal 

A Blue Cheese Mac topped with chicken wings? YES! Ingredients: blue cheese sauce, macaraoni, fried chicken wings and wing hot sauce.

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© Mac + Cheese Week

 

Reuben’s

A Mac’n’Cheese in a skillet? OMG! Ingredients: macaroni, smoked meat, panko with cheddar, Monterey jack and Velveeta cheese.

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© Mac + Cheese Week

La Poutine Week 16: Escondite

Last night, I was finally able to get reservations at Escondite. I really wanted to try their poutine.

Here’s the description: yuca fries, chipotle gravy, queso Oaxaca, cheese curds, grilled pineapple, spicy pork chunks, coriander, guajillo & ancho powder and totopos. 

The New El Paso!

The New El Paso!

I am really happy that I tried this poutine. The yuca fries were delicious and the chipotle gravy was flavourful. The pieces of pineapple added a sweet and discreet taste. If you love spicy food, you’ll love this poutine. My friend Alex enjoyed this poutine more than the Jambalaya one from Poutine Centrale.

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