Montreal’s food trucks are back out on the streets for another season and serving up mouth-watering cuisine by some of the city’s favourite restaurants. In Montreal, street food endured a 65-year ban and reemerged in 2013 when the prohibition was lifted. The city cautiously allowed food trucks to take to Montreal’s streets and revive the street food vending tradition. A big success, the number of trucks has increased each season, with 48 out on the road this year.
Wondering why street food got banned in the first place? In 1947, the city deemed the street food carts unsanitary and a hazard to public health. Since the days of hot dogs and questionable sanitary habits, street food in Montreal has transformed into an epicurean culture of inventive, quality dishes brought to the streets by some of the best local restaurateurs.
The trucks rotate among sites at 20 pre-selected locations in 6 boroughs: Le Sud-Ouest, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Verdun, Ville-Marie and Outremont. Check out the daily schedule here for locations and info.
Additionally, the first Friday of every month at the Olympic Stadium, Esplanade Financière Sun Life hosts the largest gathering of food trucks in Quebec—with food, music, and free activities all day long.
And for the complete street food experience, local gastronomic tour operator Tours de la Table offers a bicycle tour of the food trucks that not only gives you an opportunity to sample the menu from several trucks, but also offers a glimpse into the owners and stories behind the trucks, and the history of street food in North America since the 1600s. Not to mention the joy of cycling along the Lachine Canal, Old Montreal, and the downtown area.
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