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The PA Gargantua massive grilled cheese sandwiches {photo © PA & Gargantua}

Montréal’s food truck pilot project has been growing exponentially since it was established in 2013. It has become one of city’s favourite ways of grabbing some good food on-the-go. Year after year, the project is being improved upon and extended to include better schedules, not to mention more trucks, tantalizing food offerings, and better locations.

This guide will help you discover all the culinary street treats coming your way starting this week!

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A Landry & Filles sugar shack offering

This year’s street food season runs from May 1 to October 31. The city has granted permits to 35 food trucks for 38 pre-determined locations (50 available spots) in and around six different city boroughs, which is a welcome expansion. In the past, the project had only taken place in and around the Ville-Marie district. But this year, it’s grown to include the following boroughs: Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, South-West, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, and Verdun. Other boroughs might be added throughout the season.

Below is a list of the 35 participating food trucks (27 of which are returning favourites from last year) with links to their websites or Facebook pages:

  1. Alexis Le Gourmand
  2. Assommoir mobile
  3. Boîte à Fromages
  4. Café mobile Dispatch
  5. Camion Au Pied de Cochon
  6. La cantine libanaise
  7. Le Cheese
  8. Crêpe-moi!
  9. Pyza (previously Europolonia)
  10. Dasfoodtruck
  11. Decca 77 Mobile
  12. Dim Sum Montréal
  13. Duck truck MTL
  14. L’Express mobile
  15. Gaufrabec
  16. Grumman ’78
  17. Landry & filles
  18. Le nice truck
  19. Lucille’s
  20. Lucky’s Truck
  21. Nomade So6
  22. Ô sœurs volantes
  23. P.A. & Gargantua
  24. Panthère mobile
  25. Pas d’cochon dans mon salon
  26. Phoenix 1
  27. Pizza no. 900
  28. Le point sans g
  29. Le quai roulant
  30. Queen B
  31. Route 27
  32. Le Super Truck
  33. Traiteur Guru
  34. Le Tuktuk
  35. Zoe’s
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The Pied de cochon food truck is one of the city’s most popular {photo by mrb404}

As you can see, choices and varieties are vast, catering to all tastes. We look forward to giving each of these options a try this summer. In addition to the above list of city-permitted trucks, here are some other roaming restos that serve up delicious food at festivals and events (although not at the same locations as the ones listed above).

  1. Bagel St-Viateur
  2. CRémy Mobile
  3. Monsieur Crémeux
  4. Roux
  5. Le smoking BBQ
  6. Ta pies
  7. Smoothfruit
  8. Lola’s Petits Gâteaux
  9. Zeste Mobile
  10. La boîte à grillades
  11. La Queue du Diable
  12. Ça va barder Mobile
  13. Mi Corazon Food Truck
  14. Air de bœuf
  15. Temaki Sushi
  16. Lahmajoun
  17. Pops Art
  18. Camion Queues de Castor
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The best sweet treats are at CRémy {photo © CRémy}

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First Fridays at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium

On top of the city’s pre-established locations, some of Montréal’s food trucks will also be present at a few other events this summer:

First Fridays: Every first Friday of the month, several food trucks gather at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life around Montréal’s Olympic Stadium from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Organized by the ARRQ (Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec), First Fridays has become the “largest gathering of food trucks in Canada.” This year, the site is larger, and a musical line-up by Evenko, along with a 300-seat patio sponsored by Alsace and Beaujolais wines, complete the experience. It all starts today!

Les Survenants: Every last Saturday of each month, a “caravan” of food trucks, along with street performers, musicians and other artists takes over a neighbourhood for a day. So far, five editions are scheduled in Mile-End, one in Rosemont, and one at Bassin Peel.

Lunch Beat Montréal: An international movement that has taken Montréal by storm, Lunch Beat returns this summer. So far, five editions are scheduled in Mile-End, on in Rosemont, and one at Bassin Peel. Check out its Facebook page for dates.

Bouffons Montréal: The Just for Laughs festival is always a great opportunity for many of Montréal’s street food vendors to gather together in one spot for a few days and do what they do best: feed the hungry crowds.

Festival YUL EAT: With Labour Day weekend (September 5to 7) comes YUL EAT, the city’s biggest and most exciting food festival. Expect tastings, demos, dinners, a market, conferences and more with several local and international food industry people present. Not a lot of information is available on this one just yet, but I’ll keep you posted as the event approaches.

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La Boîte à fromage’s decadent treats {photo © La boîte à fromage}

That’s a lot to remember, so let’s make this simple. Here’s a Montréal Food Trucks Twitter list (trucks usually tweet their location), the Streetfood Mtl website and the city of Montreal schedule. Lastly, the Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec’s website is an invaluable source of information for any and all cuisine de rue events in Montréal.

Just a note to say that the Winneburger and the Café Larue trucks have been sold and will not be returning. They were among my favourites and will be missed.

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