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The Mi Corazon truck parket in Old Montreal {photo © Mi Corazon}

This article was first written for Tourisme Montréal.

Montreal’s food truck season is officially open! With the blossoming of flowers and the singing of birds, both spring and street food have now woken up from their winter slumber. In fact, food trucks started appearing on the streets on April 1st and the first First Fridays event is happening tomorrow!

What started as a cautionary pilot project 4 years ago with a handful of food trucks parked in nine different locations in the city centre has blossomed into one of the city’s most anticipated summer activities. If you’re out and about this summer in Montreal, here’s everything you need to know about street food and food trucks.

A variety of food trucks (including 3 news ones!) will rotate among 20 predetermined locations in Sud-Ouest, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Verdun, Ville-Marie and Outremont until October 31.

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Butter chicken poutine from the Damon Montreal food truck specializing in Indian food {photo © Damon}

Here is a line-up of the awesome trucks and mobile vendors you can expect this summer rotating around the city-designated spots:

The flashy artwork-wrapped trucks match the eclectic and diverse menus offered by each of the vendors. Choices range from food truck mainstays like grilled cheeses, pulled pork and bacon everything to mobile haute cuisine like lobster truffle cappuccino by Chef Jérôme Ferrer (Europea Mobile).

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Delicious grub from Pas d’cochon dans mon salon {photo © Pas d’cochon dans mon salon}

The trucks mentioned above are the ones with city permits that are allowed to rotate around the 20 designated spots but they are not the only ones you will encounter this summer. Indeed, these other beloved trucks, trailers and carts will be making the rounds of Montreal’s festivals such as First Fridays, etc.

Summers in Montreal are synonymous with festivals, and what’s a festival without food? Luckily, some of these food trucks listed above will be making an appearance during the city’s most happening street festivals to help you celebrate in true foodie style.

First Fridays

The largest food truck gathering in North America happens on the first Friday of every month starting May 5 at the Esplanade Financière Sun Life at the Olympic Park from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Whether you’re craving tacos, lobster rolls, delicious burgers, homemade pogos, donuts or pierogis, the menu options are endless and will satiate your appetite. Thanks to Evenko, you can also enjoy live music by renowned bands and DJs in a warm and inviting atmosphere that’s fun for all ages. Free entrance.

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The Phoenix truck at First Fridays food truck gathering {photo Phoenix}

Night Market

Night Market is a block party in partnership with Mile End bar and biergarten Alexandraplatz. A few food trucks gather in front of the bar and an outdoor dining room is deployed. The event brings together local vendors, DJs and delicious food. Mark your calendars for this year’s dates: May 27, July 1, July 29 and August 26.

Bouffons MTL

Bouffons MTL is a food festival that takes place in tandem with the Just for Laughs Festival. Wander through the temporary culinary village on the corner of Saint-Catherine and Clark Streets and entice your senses. Food and fun awaits you in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles.

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Winneburger’s Chicago Dog {photo © Winneburger}


YUL EAT is an exciting food festival that takes place at the Clock Tower Quay in the Old Port during Labour Day weekend. The event features food tastings, cooking demonstrations, speakers and themed dinners and brunches. Check their website for updates.

Les Grands Apéros  | 375e anniversaire de Montréal

Starting in May, celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary by celebrating each of its 19 boroughs, one at a time, over the span of 19 weekends. Eat, drink, dance and connect with fellow Montrealers all summer long alongside Cirque Éloize. More info to come soon.

Check out the schedule for a daily list of available food trucks and their locations.

For more information on the food truck initiative, visit the Association des Restaurateurs de Rue du Québec.

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