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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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)