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2015 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Spotlight on Montreal!

Switzerland: a small country with a very big gourmet reputation!

A breathtaking sight all year ’round, Switzerland is a unique tourist destination and ranks among the world’s most beautiful places. Its majestic mountains and lovely lakes are certainly the stuff of dreams… but the Swiss, renowned for their savoir-faire and painstaking pursuit of quality, also represent four distinct cultures, offering us an absolutely enthralling diversity. That’s why MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is so thrilled to present Switzerland as the featured country of this 16th edition. Switzerland ranks as the country with the most Michelin Guide stars per capita in the world. The delegation of Swiss chefs heading to MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, led by Pierre-André Ayer, president of Les Grandes Tables de Suisse and owner of restaurant Le Pérolles in Fribourg, consists of twenty incredibly brilliant chefs and passionate wine producers and professionals.

Washington, D.C. takes its own center stage as our featured American city. With some 700,000 inhabitants and visited annually by almost 18 million people, the U.S. capital is equally dazzling at both the cultural and gourmet levels. You absolutely must encounter the six D.C. chefs heading to Montreal especially to wow you with their gourmet gifts.

True gourmands will also find everything they want from Lanaudière, our Quebec region to discover. With a delegation of Lanaudièrean chefs hosted by their Montreal peers, and an array of tastings and demonstration/workshops in Jean-Talon Market, there’ll be more than enough to convince you that you simply must visit this region more often, located just steps from Montreal.

We also invited festival fans to join us for a series of exciting events. the conference entitled The Art of Wine Tasting with the world’s best sommelier, Paolo Basso of Switzerland, the Swiss Fondue Convivial Evenings in the attic of Auberge Saint-Gabriel, where hundreds of guests are expected to delight in Swiss fondue prepared by authentic montagnard Raoul, the Festival of Québec Cheeses in Complexe Desjardins and Presenting: Québec Cheefs and Cheeses. And there are still more must-see events: the new Salon du livre gourmand and the exceedingly accessible sensorial and scientific seminar entitled Edible Oils: delights to discover!

Meanwhile, our esteemed and valued partners in the festival’s Finest Tables, the foundation of our gastronomy program since its very first edition in 2000, offer hundreds of delicious and divers possibilities. With something for every budget, they make the ideal holiday gift. The table is set to offer you maximum gourmet pleasure—please join us!

Germaine Salois
Program Director

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