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5 Events to Attend This Winter in Montreal

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by Sofia M. (subscribe)
Freelance writer living halfway between Paris and Montreal.
Published January 18th 2015
With the holidays behind us, the magic of winter and the excitement of the first snowfall are over and the desire to hibernate until spring is tempting. Want to make the most of the cold weather while waiting for higher temperatures to kick in? Here are five events that will keep you toasty this winter in Montreal.

Happening Gourmand, Mechant Boeuf, Old Port, Old Montreal, Restaurant, Foodie
Happening Gourmand's Méchant Boeuf

1. Happening Gourmand
How do Montrealers keep warm during winter? They eat, of course! Happening Gourmand, one of the city's much-anticipated foodie events of the season, is back for another round. From now until February 8th, the Antonopoulos Group's eight restaurants are serving a three-course menu for as little as $21 – $29. Kyo Bar Japonais, BEVO Bar Pizzeria, Modavie, Méchant Bœuf, Suite 701, Taverne Gaspar, Verses, and Vieux-Port Steakhouse are all offering up their mouth-watering popular picks.

January 8 – February 8, 2015

Igloofest, Old Port, Old Montreal
Igloofest

2. Igloofest
This event has become a winter staple in Montreal. For four weekends in January and February, the Old Port is transformed into an outdoor electronic dance floor. Musical acts include a host of local and international DJs, while the coveted title for best "Iglooswag" is always up for grabs. So show up in your best (or worst!) winter gear and get ready to dance the cold night away.

January 2015: 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
February 2015: 1, 6, 7, 8


poutine week, poutine, montreal
Poutine Week

3. Poutine Week
Summertime is for juicy burgers on the barbecue while winter is for comforting poutine to warm our chilly souls. That's right, the duo behind Burger Week is back this winter with Poutine Week. In its third edition, restaurants from Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Ottawa, and Toronto will be participating in the gluttonous feast by putting forth their best rendition of the iconic Quebecois dish. Past participants have topped their poutine with lobster, seal merguez, duck confit, and foie gras gravy, among other unique combos. Help crown the city's best poutine by sampling one (or more) of the 44 participating eateries and voting for your favourite.

February 1 – 7, 2015

Je t'aime en chocolat, Jean Pageau
Je t'aime en chocolat

4. Je t'aime en chocolat
Like the old saying goes: "Nothing says I love you like chocolate." Taking place the weekend before Valentine's Day, Je t'aime en chocolat is the perfect winter activity for couples and chocolate lovers alike. The best part? It's free! The three-day gathering is taking place at Marché Bonsecours and counts plenty of activities and chocolate samplings. Get ready to taste goods from master chocolatiers and chefs, while attending a number of events, which include a chocolate fashion show.

February 6 – 8, 2015

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, Frédérique Ménard-Aubin
Montreal en Lumière

5. Montreal en Lumière
This edition of Montreal en Lumière encompasses fine dining (this year's featured country is Switzerland), plenty of underground art shows, and concerts, while the free outdoor site (pictured) at Place des Arts' Quartier des Spectacles is a treat for all. The event comes to a close with its annual Nuit Blanche on March 1st.

February 19 – March 1, 2015

Images courtesy of Méchant Boeuf (Happening Gourmand), Miguel Legault (Igloofest), Poutine Week, Jean Pageau (Je t'aime en chocolat), and Frédérique Ménard-Aubin (Montreal en Lumière)
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Why? Because it's cold out!
When: January - March, 2015
Where: Montreal
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